Hank Williams Jr. grabs attention with his larger-than-life presence and the big black hat and dark glasses to go with it. He's been on the road since he was a kid, and he's won five country music entertainer-of-the-year awards.
He brings his hits to Ironstone Vineyards on Saturday, a stop on his "Taking Back the Country" tour.
Williams has made a permanent mark on country music over the years. He's had 10 No. 1 singles and 13 No. 1 albums, five of which have gone platinum. His distinctive, gut-bucket style has won him fans around the world.
Williams is known for No. 1 country hits like 1981's "All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)," 1986's "Mind Your Own Business" (with Reba McEntire, Tom Petty, Reverend Ike and Willie Nelson) and 1987's "Born to Boogie."
In October 2011, ESPN pulled its Williams-penned theme song for "Monday Night Football" after Williams compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler and described him and vice president Joe Biden as "the enemy" on an episode of "Fox & Friends."
Williams later apologized, but then he said in an interview with Fox News, "Let me tell you, I have been recording and touring for five decades. There has never been a more special time, with the wonderful e-mails and my fans telling me, 'You are the only one that stands up, speaks his mind and speaks for us and the way it really is.' "
He released a song about the whole affair, titled "Keep the Change." and the "Taking Back the Country" tour was inspired in part because of last year's controversy.
Williams has a new album in addition to the tour, "Old School ... New Rules," which features fellow country superstars Brad Paisley and Trace Adkins. It also features a special track with both Hank Jr. and Hank Sr. singing together.
Hank Williams Jr.
WHEN: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Ironstone Vineyards, 1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys
CALL: (209) 728-1251