Hank Williams Jr., also known as Bocephus, is an American singer and musician. The 74-year-old singer makes music that mixes rock, blues, and country styles.
How Rich is Hank Williams Jr.?
Hank Williams Jr. is an American country musician who has a net worth of around $45 million. He began by singing his dad's songs but later created his own music style in the country.
Williams Jr. is really good at playing many instruments like steel guitar, keyboards, dobro, banjo, harmonica, and fiddle. He blends country music with rock and blues.
Hank Williams Jr. Controversies
Hank Williams Jr. is a famous singer who won a Grammy and is in the Country Music Hall of Fame. He is known for songs like "A Country Boy Can Survive" and "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight." But, he has also been in trouble a few times.
In September 2023, at a concert in Durant, Oklahoma, some people in the crowd were causing problems. They were drunk, saluting Hank with their beer cans, and one person had a Confederate flag even though it was hot.
Williams Jr. sang songs that upset some people, like "Keep the Change," which was against President Obama and the United States, and "Kaw-Liga," which had a racist history. He also told a story that seemed patronizing and played a song that had homophobic words.
In October 2011, Hank said something on Fox News comparing President Obama to Hitler, and he called them "the enemy." People got really mad, and ESPN stopped using his song for Monday Night Football.
In June 2020, Williams Jr. was accused of copying a song called "That's How They Do It in Dixie." It sounded a lot like a song by Alabama from 1983 called "Dixieland Delight." Hank said he didn't know that song.
Hank Williams Jr. Career Highlights
In 1964, Hank Williams Jr. made his first music recording by singing one of his dad's famous songs, "Long Gone Lonesome Blues." That same year, he used his voice to sing as his dad in a movie about his dad's life called "Your Cheatin' Heart."
Williams Jr. also sang on a country duet album with Connie Francis called "Connie Francis and Hank Williams Jr. Sing Great Country Favorites." During the 1960s, he made more albums like "Ballads of the Hills and Plains," "Blues My Name," "Country Shadows," "A Time to Sing," and "Songs My Father Left Me."
In the 1970s, Hank started to change his music style. He began playing with Southern rock musicians like Toy Caldwell, Charlie Daniels, and Waylon Jennings. In 1975, he released an important album called "Hank Williams Jr. and Friends." This album showed his new unique style, mixing Southern-style rock with his country roots.
After his recovery from the Ajax accident, Williams Jr. worked hard to become famous in the country music world. In the 1980s, he was very busy, releasing two albums every year. Some of his albums were named "Family Tradition," "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound," "Rowdy," "High Notes," "Strong Stuff," "Major Moves," "Five-O," and "Montana Cafe," among others.
In 1982, Hank even had nine albums on the Billboard Top Country Album chart at the same time. This made him a big country music star known for his catchy songs with a bit of a rock sound. Between 1979 and 1990, Williams Jr. had 44 songs in the top ten of the Billboard Country charts, including eight songs that reached number one.
One of Williams Jr.'s famous songs in the 80s was "There's a Tear in My Beer," where he sang with his dad using special technology. They made a music video that combined old footage of his dad with Hank Jr.'s singing.
In the 90s, Hank had successful albums like "Lone Wolf," "Pure Hank," "Maverick," and "Out of Left Field." In the 2000s, he released albums like "The Almeria Club Recordings," "I'm One of You," "127 Rose Avenue," "Old School New Rules," and "It's About Time."
From the album "127 Rose Avenue," Williams Jr. had a hit song on the country charts called "Red, White & Pink-Slip Blues." He also performed at Super Bowl XL in 2006. In 2020, Hank was honored by being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.