Hank Williams tribute concert with George Hamilton

George Hamilton IV plans to show you "The Other Side of Hank Williams" when he performs his acclaimed tribute show for charity on Apr. 14 at Victoria Playhouse in Petrolia.

The live music presentation, called Luke the Drifter: The Other Side of Hank Williams, is being sponsored by St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Courtright with proceeds being donated to the church.

Hamilton, a country and gospel music legend in his own right, started putting his own hits on the charts in 1956 with such songs as A Rose and a Baby Ruth and High School Romance. He racked up quite a few chart topping hits in the ensuing two decades before switching from country music to gospel. He's also notably been a standing member of the Grand Ole Opry for over 50 years.

Organizers said that while he's been highly success with his own hits, at his concert this month at Victoria Playhouse Hamilton will be focusing on a side of Hank Williams Sr. that often is overshadowed by the titanic impact he had on country music.

"Luke the Drifter was Hank’s other side and all of William’s gospel material and spiritual poems and readings were written under the pseudonym of Luke the Drifter," said Hamilton.

The show will include a few of George’s golden oldies, because lots of times country music fans come to his concerts expecting to hear ‘Abilene’ and ‘Early Morning Rain’ and some of the others.

Admission to the 7:30 p.m. all-acoustic show is $20. Tickets may be purchased at the VPP Box Office, arranged by phoning 519-867-5521, or by sending an email with your contact info to [email protected]

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