19th Annual Hank-O-Rama to be Held at Bowery Electric on New Year’s Day

The 19 annual Hank-O-Rama festival, celebrating the musical life of Hank Williams, will be held at Bowery Electric on New Year’s Day.

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Hank Williams will be celebrated 70 years after his death at the Hank-O-Rama show. Williams is regarded as one of the most significant and influential American singers and songwriters of the 20th century. He recorded 55 singles that reached the top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 12 that reached No. 1.

Hank Williams was just 29 when he was found dead in the back seat of his Cadillac on the morning of Jan. 1, 1953, in Oak Hill, WV, en route to a New Year’s Day gig in Canton, Ohio. The Hank-O-Rama celebration is a symbolic rain date for the last show Williams would ever miss.

The show features more than 30 of Williams’s hits and rarities, including “Cold, Cold Heart,” “Hey, Good Lookin’,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” and many others, performed live by recording artists The Lonesome Prairie Dogs. The show features Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith) on pedal steel guitar, with an opening set by New York Country luminary Alex Battles, and host, country favorite Linda “Lindy Loo” Hill.

Other special guests are stars of the NYC & Brooklyn country scene, including Tammy Faye Starlite, Jack Grace, Sean Kershaw, Cliff Westfall, The Lonesome Horns featuring Jordan McLean & Billy Aukstik, and more. Everyone will be gathered together to celebrate the extraordinary life of Hank Williams, who died tragically young.

The 19 annual Hank-O-Rama celebration will be happening at Bowery Electric on Jan. 1, and tickets are on sale now.

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