Hank Williams, Jr., affectionately dubbed Bocephus by his father, will take his rightful place in the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year. Williams made his name in the 60’s and early 70’s with his father’s songs and an ‘impersonator’ persona. By the mid-70’s he had moved on to a new sound that would make him a legend. Following a brush with death and two years of rehab, Williams returned with a southern rock influence. That change in direction would lead to songs like ‘Family Traditions’, ‘Dixie on my Mind’, and the eventual Monday Night Football Theme ‘All My Rowdy Friends are Coming Over Tonight.’ In recent years, Williams has taken heat for political statements but remains a popular figure for country music traditionalists.
Williams will be joined by country/bluegrass legend Marty Stuart and songwriter Dean Dillon. Stuart is best known for his mandolin skills and bluegrass background. Dillon went from a fledgling country singer to George Strait’s go-to songwriter with hits like ‘She Let Herself Go’ and ‘The Chair.’
The Country Music Association announced early Wednesday that the trio would be inducted this year but no date or plans for the induction ceremony have been announced at this time.