The Woodlands Pavilion was filled with people excited about seeing a legend on Friday August 12th! Hank Williams Jr., Chris Stapleton along with opener Wade Bowen sold the place out.
Everyone was trying to stay cool due to the 100 plus degree weather and many women even pulled off the cowgirl boots and shorts look because of the heat. Bringing these artists together definitely brought a good mix of Texas and outlaw country meets a nice balance of new-school country.
This dynamic trio sold out the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion leaving hundreds of people turned away as they waited in long lines in hopes of buying tickets.
Kicking off the night around 7pm was Texas’ own Wade Bowen. Wade Bowen’s greatest crowd pleaser was singing his hit Mood Ring from his jam packed album, “Lost Hotel”.
The allure to the song is simple if I only had a mood ring to tell me what that girl was thinking life would be so much easier. Ha, isn’t that the truth?!
Chris Stapleton took the stage around 8:30pm and should be considered a legend, no doubt. One of the highlights for many fans was the Willie Nelson connection on stage next to Stapleton. Micket Raphael, Willie Nelson’s harmonica player for 43 years currently plays with Stapleton. The band opened with “Nobody to Blame” and the crowd raised their drinks and screamed with excitement. You can check out the song by clicking this link, you won’t be disappointed!
Stapleton’s radio hits “Traveller” and “Fire Away” were mass sing-alongs of the night. The fans kept waiting for Stapleton to play one of his big hits, “Parachute” but for some reason he did not.
Finally, Hank Williams Jr. took the stage a little bit before 10pm, beginning with his own rendition of Waylon Jennings, “Are You Ready For The County,” and followed by his own, “If Heaven Ain’t A Lot Like Dixie.”
Hank Williams Jr. most definitely caries on his namesake and country legends Hank Williams, which fans will always remember. Hank Jr can entertain a crowd with his ability to mix it up. I would say he is country, rock, blues, you name it, Hank’s got it!
He closed the night with his anthem “Family Tradition” accompanied by Chris Stapleton. These two gentlemen brought together old and young and it was most definitely a “Family Tradition”
Stapleton & Hank continue their tour thru the end of August, until next time……