In the world of country music, the name Hank Williams is legendary. His timeless songs and unique style have left a permanent mark on the genre, influencing countless artists for generations. On what would have been his 100th birthday, his grandson, Sam Williams, paid a touching tribute to the iconic country singer with a heartfelt rendition of “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”
“This song is special to me in many ways. I have always been hesitant to touch recording my grandfather’s songs, as there’s a sacredness to them. I wouldn’t want to do them injustice. ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ has always been one of my favorites of his catalog,” Sam shared in a press release.
He continued, “The release coinciding with his centennial birthday is a bittersweet happy birthday gift to the man I never knew that everyone seems to know. It is a reclamation of my name, my destiny in my family’s legacy, and a statement to country music. History and homage, respect, and reinvention, tattered and stolen coattails; I am a most honorable mention.”
Sam Williams’ tribute to his grandfather isn’t just a full-circle musical moment; it’s a sweet reminder of how Hank Williams’ tunes keep living on. Sam Williams, with his awesome talent and dedication, is making sure Hank’s musical legacy stays alive and kicking for years to come. So, grab some tissues, kick back, and give Sam Williams’ take on “I’m so Lonesome I Could Cry” a listen below:
Sam is also back at the Grand Ole Opry tonight for an epic performance! And that’s not all, because Gary Mule Deer, Logan Ledger, NEEDTOBREATHE, and a bunch of other amazing acts will be rocking the stage too. If you want in on the action, you can grab your tickets right over HERE. Don’t miss out!