Hank Williams Guitar Chords

Hank Williams


The offspring of famous musicians often have a hard time creating a career for themselves, yet Hank Williams, Jr. is one of the few to develop a career that is not only successful, but markedly different from his legendary father. Originally, Hank Jr. simply copied and played his father's music, but as he grew older, he began to carve out his own niche and it was one that owed as much to country-rock as it did to honky tonk. In the late '70s, he retooled his image to appeal both to outlaw country fans and rowdy Southern rockers, and his makeover worked, resulting in a string of Top Ten singles -- including the number one hits "Texas Women," "Dixie on My Mind," "All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)," "Honky Tonkin'," and "Born to Boogie" -- that ran into the late '80s.

Hank Jr. never was above capitalizing on his father's name, yet his tributes and name-dropping often seemed affectionate, not crass. Also, Bocephus -- as his father nicknamed him when he was a child -- was a passionate cheerleader for patriotic American values; he even wrote a pro-Gulf War song during 1991. All of these actions helped make him an American superstar during the '80s, becoming one of the most recognizable popular culture figures of the era. As new country took over the airwaves in the '90s, Williams slowly disappeared from the charts and his concerts stopped selling as well as they did ten years earlier, yet he retained a devoted core audience throughout the decade.

The son of Hank and Audrey Williams, Hank Jr. was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1949. Less than four years later, his father died, leaving behind a huge legacy. When Hank Jr. was eight years old, Audrey decided to push her son into the spotlight, positioning him as the rightful heir to his father's legacy. Dressed in a white Nudie suit, he would sing Hank Sr.'s biggest hits on package tours, and by the time he was 11, he had made his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. After a few years of touring, Hank Jr.'s voice broke in 1963. As soon as his voice changed, Audrey had her son sign a contract with MGM Records.

Hank Jr. recorded his father's "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" as his debut single, and the record was a hit upon its early 1964 release, climbing to number five. Later that year, he sang all the material for the Hank Williams, Sr. biopic Your Cheatin' Heart and starred in the film A Time to Sing. Though he immediately had a hit, he wasn't able to follow it up with another Top Ten hit until 1966, when his self-penned "Standing in the Shadows" reached number five. By that time, he had begun to grow tired of his reputation as a Hank Williams imitator and was trying to create his own style, as "Standing in the Shadows" proved. Following that single, he began to explore rock & roll somewhat, occasionally performing under the name Rockin' Randall.

Despite his half-hearted rock & roll attempts, Williams continued to concentrate on country music, turning out a string of hit singles, including the number one "All for the Love of Sunshine" and a number of inspirational cuts released under the name Luke the Drifter, Jr., a reference to his father's alter ego. Though his career was doing well, Hank Jr. began falling into drug and alcohol abuse after he turned 18 years old. His personal life became progressively more complicated, culminating in a suicide attempt in 1974. Following the attempt, Williams moved to Alabama, where he not only got his life together, but he changed his musical direction as well. Hooking up with Southern rockers like Charlie Daniels and the Marshall Tucker Band's Toy Caldwell, he recorded Hank Williams, Jr. & Friends, which fused hardcore country with rock & roll. Though he wasn't scoring as many hits as he had in the early '70s, his music was becoming more original and focused.

Just as his career was being revived, tragedy beset Williams. While he was climbing a mountain in Montana in 1975, he fell 442 feet down the side of the mountain. His injuries were serious -- his skull was split and his face was crushed -- but he survived. Following extensive reconstructive cosmetic surgery, he had to relearn how to speak and sing. Williams' recovery period lasted a full two years. When he re-emerged in 1977, he aligned himself with the outlaw country movement, as Waylon Jennings produced Hank Jr.'s comeback effort, The New South. It took several years before Williams began to have hits again -- his biggest hit in the late '70s was a cover of Bobby Fuller's "I Fought the Law," which reached number 15 -- but in the final six months of 1979 he had two Top Ten singles, "Family Tradition" and "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound," which began a virtually uninterrupted streak of 29 Top Ten hits that ran into 1988.

Throughout the '80s, Hank Jr. was one of the most popular, and controversial, figures in country music. Following his image makeover, he appealed primarily to young and rowdy crowds with his hell-raising anthems and jingoistic ballads. Though he had established his own distinctive style, he continued to name-check and pay tribute to his father, and these salutes became as much a part of his act as his redneck rockers. Both the wild music and the party-ready atmosphere of his concerts made Hank Jr. an immensely popular musician and helped him cross over into the rock & roll audience. Williams' career really began to take off in 1981, when he had three number one hits -- "Texas Women," "Dixie on My Mind," and "All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)" -- and Rowdy began a streak of 15 gold or platinum albums that ran until 1990. During that time, he won several awards, including back-to-back Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year in 1987 and 1988.

By the end of the decade, Hank Jr.'s persona was becoming a little tired, especially in light of the new breed of clean-cut new country singers who had taken over Nashville. Williams could still have a hit -- such as "There's a Tear in My Beer," which was an electronic duet between him and his father -- but by the end of 1990 he was no longer hitting the Top Ten and by the middle of the decade he had trouble reaching the Top 40. Despite his declining record sales, Hank Jr. remained a popular concert draw into the latter half of the '90s, as well as a relatively prolific character in the studio. His string of new albums tapered off in the early 2000s, with 2003's I'm One of You marking his final album for several years. Hank Jr. returned toward the decade's end, however, with 127 Rose Avenue appearing in 2009. Arriving in 2012, Old School New Rules, which featured guest appearances by Brad Paisley and Trace Adkins, was the first release for Williams on his own Bocephus Records, an independent label based in Nashville, and marked how much Williams had taken over control of all aspects of his work and career. Four years later, Williams returned to the big time by signing with Nash Icon -- the subsidiary of Big Machine designed for country heritage acts -- and releasing It's About Time in January 2016. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
Genres: contemporary country, country, country road, country rock, nashville sound, outlaw country, southern rock, traditional country

Guitar Chords:

127 Rose Avenue
30 Pieces Of Silver
A Beautiful Home
A Country Boy Can Survive
A Home In Heaven
A House Of Gold
A House Without Love
Alabama Waltz
All For The Love Of Sunshine
All My Rowdy Friends
Alone And Forsaken
A Mansion On The Hill
A Mansion On The Hill (ver. 2)
American Dream
A Message To My Mother
Amos Moses
A Tear Drop On A Rose
At The Cross
At The First Fall Of Snow
Attitude Adjustment
Baby Were Really In Love
Battle Of Armageddon
Blues Man
Blues Man (ver. 2)
Blues Man (ver. 3)
Calling You
Canadian Sunset
Closer To The Grave
Cold Cold Heart
Cold Cold Heart (ver. 2)
Cool Water
Country Boy Can Survive
Country Boy Can Survive (ver. 2)
Country Boy Can Survive (ver. 3)
Country State Of Mind
Crazy Heart
Daytona Nights
Dear John
Devils Train
Everythings Okay
Faded Love And Winter Roses
Family Tradition
Family Tradition (ver. 2)
Feelin Better
First Fall O F Snow
First Year Blues
Fool About You
Freight Train Blues
Half As Much
Hamburger Steaks Holiday Inn
Heaven Cant Be Found
Hey Good Lookin
Hey Good Lookin (ver. 2)
Hey Good Looking
Honky Tonk Blues
Honky Tonk Blues (ver. 2)
Honky Tonk Blues (ver. 3)
Honky Tonkin
How Can You Refuse Him Now
Howlin At The Moon
I Cant Get You Off Of My Mind
I Cant Help It
I Cant Help It (ver. 2)
I Cant Tell My Heart That
I Dont Care
I Dreamed About Mama Last Night
If Heaven Aint A Lot Like Dixie
I Heard My Mother Praying For Me
I Heard You Crying In Your Sleep
I Just Dont Look This Livin
Ill Be A Bachelor Till I Die
Ill Never Get Out Of This World Alive
Im A Long Gone Daddy
Im Going Home
Im So Lonesome I Could Cry
Im So Lonesome I Could Cry (ver. 2)
Im So Lonesome I Could Cry (ver. 3)
Im So Lonesome I Could Cry (ver. 4)
Im Sorry For You My Friend
I Saw The Light
I Saw The Light (ver. 2)
I Told A Lie To My Heart
Ive Been Down
I Wish I Had A Nickel
Jambalaya (ver. 2)
Jesus Died For Me
Jesus Dont Give Up On Me
Jesus Is Calling
Jesus Remembered Me
Keep The Change
Legend Of D Ray White
Let The Spirit Descend
Little Paper Boy
Log Train
Lone Gone Lonesome
Lonesome Whistle
Long Gone Lonesome Blues
Lord Build Me A Cabin
Lost Highway
Lost Highway (ver. 2)
Lost Highway (ver. 3)
Lost On The River
Lovesick Blues
Lovesick Blues (ver. 2)
Lovesick Blues (ver. 3)
Men With Broken Hearts
Mind Your Own Business
Mind Your Own Business (ver. 2)
Move It On Over
Mr Lincoln
My Buckets Got A Hole In It
My Main Trial Is Yet To Come
My Son Calls Another Man Daddy
Nobodys Lonesome For Me
No One Will Ever Know
Old Country Church
Old Habits
Old Man And The River
On The Evening Train
Pan American
Please Dont Let Me Love You
Please Dont Let Me Love You (ver. 2)
Please Make Up Your Mind
Ramblin Man
Ramblin Man (ver. 2)
Ready To Go Home
Red White And Pink-Slip Blues
Red White And Pink-Slip Blues (ver. 2)
Rockin Chair Money
Rootie Tootie
Searching For A Soldiers Grave
Setting The Woods On Fire
Settin The Woods On Fire
Six More Miles
Someday Youll Call My Name
Sundown And Sorrow
Take These Chains From My Heart
Tear In My Beer
Ten Little Numbers
Tennessee Border
The Angel Of Death
The Angel Of Death (ver. 2)
The Angel Of Death (ver. 3)
The First Year Blues
The Old Country Church
The Old Log Train
The Old Nashville Cowboy
Therell Be No Teardrops Tonight
Therell Be No Teardrops Tonight (ver. 2)
Therell Be No Teardrops Tonight (ver. 3)
Theres A Tear In My Beer
Theres A Tear In My Beer (ver. 2)
Theres Nothing As Sweet As My Baby
The Sermon On The Mount
Theyll Never Take Her Love From Me
Tramp On The Street
Weary Blues From Waitin
Wedding Bells
Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies
Whiskey Bent And Hellbound
Whiskey On Ice
Why Dont You Love Me
Wild Side Of Life
Window Shopping
Women Ive Never Had
Wont You Sometimes Think Of Me
You Caused It All By Telling Lies
You Know That I Know
Young Country
Your Cheating Heart
Your Cheating Heart (ver. 2)
Your Cheating Heart (ver. 3)
Your Cheatin Heart
Your Cheatin Heart (ver. 2)
Youre Gonna Change
You Win Again