Hank Williams became the first big star of the world famous Louisiana Hayride stage and radio show. Hank and Audrey moved to Shreveport in 1948 from Montgomery, AL, and Hank, Jr. was born in Shreveport on May 26, 1949. The combination of Hank Williams and the Louisiana Hayride became the genesis of a music revolution. Hank’s blend of roots country and blues music forged a style emanating from the Louisiana Hayride that literally changed the world. He opened the pathway at the Hayride for acceptance of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Johnny Horton, and countless other musicians.
The Louisiana Hayride is now extremely honored to celebrate the greatness of Hank Williams. In collaboration with Harry Thomason, Director, and Tim Jackson, Executive Producer of the new motion picture "The Last Ride," the non-profit Louisiana Hayride Foundation will present a free Sunday afternoon Louisiana Hayride concert of Hank Williams' music, October 16, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 619 Louisiana Ave. in Shreveport. Performers are Hank’s daughter Jett Williams, the Cox Family, and a host of musicians and singers who performed in the Louisiana Hayride Band. Other popular musicians and entertainers will include bass player Joe Osborn, along with Kenny Bill Stinson, Buddy Flett, Ted Jones, Matthew Davidson, Ben Franks, Bill Boles, Jeremy Parsons, Maggie Warwick, Miki Honeycutt, Robin Beach Black, Monty Russell, Charlie Barrett, Kent Gill, Al Harris, and many more.
Other singers will be exciting guests who play lead roles in the "The Last Ride." Henry Thomas ("E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial," "Gangs of New York") plays Hank, and Jesse James, plays the young driver of Hank’s Cadillac. Everyone will remember Thomas from his role as the lovable young boy in "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial." Both actors are also musicians, and will join in the Louisiana Hayride concert with some great Hank Williams songs.
“The Last Ride” opens in Shreveport at Cinemark Tinseltown 17 on October 21. On-line tickets are available now. Producers of the movie are donating a dollar per ticket sold on-line prior to opening, which will be donated by the Louisiana Hayride Foundation to two local charities, The Providence House and Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission.
For more information on the motion picture "The Last Ride," visit www.thelastridefilm.com.