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The Opry Holds 5,785 Spectators

And One Major Grudge

The Campaign The Reinstate Hank campaign calls for the remittal of Opry star, and country music legend, Hank Williams. More than fifty years have passed since the tragic and untimely death of country music’s greatest performer, who made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry on June 11, 1949, with the crowd demanding an unheard of six encores. A few years later, in 1952, Hiram Hank Williams was dismissed from the Opry with the understanding that he would sober up and then return to the stage that he loved so much. Sadly, he passed away in the back seat of his car a few months later and never made that momentous return. Despite being one of the most powerfully iconic figures in American music, Hank Williams has yet to be reinstated to the Opry. Now, your help is needed to honor and preserve his legacy. Join the campaign and add your signature to the petition to Reinstate Hank Williams to the Grand Ole Opry.

The Rallies First, and foremost, these rallies are positive rallies. Yes, we will have picket signs, and yes we will be creating awareness, but we WILL NOT be causing mischief, disrespecting anyone or anyone’s property while doing so. What we do down here is a reflection on the movement as a whole, the film, the Williams family’s character, and legacy. All tagging will ONLY be done with the permission of the property owner. Posters will only be put in places that permission is granted. And NOTHING will be done to cause any ill feelings toward anyone. The point of this is to draw awareness and get the petition signed to get Hank reinstated. It’s not an excuse to raise hell for a weekend in Nashville. Keith’s artwork and the gathering is amazing enough to draw attention without people being loud and obnoxious. Let it do the work. We will have some guidelines to go over when we meet before the rally. If you have any questions feel free to ask anyone on the team. Be safe traveling and we look

forward to seeing you all there to help spread the word. The fIrst of many REINSTATE HANK rallies took place Saturday, March 29th in Nashville, TN at the opening of “The Williams Family Legacy” exhibit at The Country Music Hall of Fame. With that being said, those of you who do come, there are several things to let you know: * We will meet in the parking lot of The Hard Rock Cafe. At this point we will go over the guidelines and hand out different assignments to people. . We will do our best to make sure you get to do what you want to do. If you or anyone coming with you has a camera or camcorder, feel free to bring it. * After we go over everything, we will make our way to the HOF, set up, hand out materials, and begin. * After the rally, we’ll all meet back together at the actual spot across from the HOF and care packages will be give to you for helping out.

Chris, Tierney, Keith, and Blake

So He Smoked, Drank, and Chased Women...

Have You Heard A Country Song Lately?

The Film Hank Williams is being exploited by the Grand Ole Opry; a place that is using his likeness to promote THEIR BUSINESS. How can they ban someone from their doors yet use them in radio ads, online and through television specials, and other forms of media promotion? There has even been a quote on their website from Brad Paisley stating, “That circle is the most magical thing when you’re a performer”. Says Paisley, “To stand there and get to sing on those same boards that probably still contain dust from Hank Williams’ boots.” We have several forms of attack from grassroots barn murals, to a rally at The Country Music Hall of Fame the weekend of March 28th. We have interviews with David Allan Coe, Dwight Yoakam, one of the newest Grand Ole Opry members Charlie Daniels, and many other country music legends, musicians, friends, family, even some Grand Ole Opry personnel. Last and most important we have a petition book. This book, designed by Keith Neltner, with an opening

written by Shelton Hank Williams (Hank III) in his own blood will be out there at the rally and on tour with Hank III for EVERYONE to sign. From the famous to the common person, each signature is equally significant and a part of history in the making. The Opry is to be made fully aware of their hypocrisy and that the ONLY way that this can be made right is to REINSTATE HANK back in the Opry. The Opry Has Sinned and We Are Here to Let Them Know About It.

Blake Judd (director)

The Petition This petition calls for the reinstatement of Opry legend, and country music star, Hank Williams. Fifty years have passed since the tragic and untimely death of country music's greatest performer, who made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry on June 11th, 1949. A few years later, in 1952, Hiram Hank Williams was asked to leave the Opry -- with the intention that he would sober up and make a return to the stage that he loved so much. Before he could make that return, he passed on, in the back seat of a car on the way to an Ohio show. It's now 2007, and Hank Williams has yet to be reinstated to the Opry. Hank Williams has been one of the most influential artists to ever record; changing the face of music, and the way that we view country music. Since his passing in 1953, he has posthumously achieved numerous rewards and achievements. In 1961, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and a few years later, he was added to the Country Music Hall of Fame Walkway of

Stars. In 1973, he was the recipient of the Pioneer Award by the Academy of Country Music. He received a Grammy for 'Your Cheatin' Heart' in 1983, and was then inducted into the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. That same year he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Life Magazine even ranked Hank Williams #1 on the 'Most Important People in Country Music' list. Within his short years with us on earth, he had 11 #1 singles, including 'Lovesick Blues,' 'KawLiga,' as well as 25 other Top 10 Singles. We, the undersigned, feel that it is past due for Hank Williams' reinstatement to the Grand Ole Opry. Hank Williams was one of the most influential people to ever record or write music, and his untimely death made it impossible for his to 'redeem' himself in the Opry's eyes, but after 50 years we feel that his legacy has more than made up for any objections that the Opry may have had about his personal life. His lyrics and music helped create everything traditional country music became.


The fans of Hank Williams, Sr.

The Drifter Hiram King Williams

1923, in the small unincorporated town of Mount Olive, about eight miles southwest of Georgiana, Alabama. He was born with a mild undiagnosed case of spina bifida occulta, a disorder of the spinal column, which gave him life-long pain— a factor in his later abuse of alcohol and drugs. His parents were Elonzo Huble Williams, known as “Lon,” or “Lonnie”, In July, 1937, the Williams and McNell families opened a boarding house on South Perry Street in downtown Montgomery, It was at this time that Hiram decided to informally change his name to Hank, After school and on weekends, Hank sang and played his Silvertone guitar on the sidewalk in front of the WSFA radio studios. He quickly caught the attention of WSFA producers, who occasionally invited him to come inside and perform on air. So many listeners contacted the radio station asking for more of the “Singing Kid. Hank’s successful radio show fueled his entrance to a music career. His generous salary was enough for him to start his own band, which he dubbed the Drifting was born in

Cowboys. The Drifting Cowboys traveled throughout central and southern


performing in

clubs and at private parties.

Hank dropped out of school in October, 1939, so that the Drifting Cowboys could work full time. Meanwhile, Hank returned to Montgomery every weekday to host his radio show. The American entrance into World War II in 1941 marked the beginning of hard times for Hank Williams. All his band members were drafted to serve in the military, and many of their replacements refused to continue playing in the band

Hank’s worsening alcoholism. His idol, Grand Ole Opry Roy Acuff, warned him of the dangers of alcohol, saying “You’ve got a million-dollar voice, son, but a ten-cent brain. Despite Acuff’s advice, Williams continued to show up for his radio show intoxicated, so in August, 1942, WSFA fired him due to “habitual drunkenness.” In 1943, Williams met Audrey Shepard, and the couple was married a year later. In August 1948, Williams joined The Louisiana Hayride, broadcasting from Shreveport, Louisiana, propelling him into living rooms all over the southeast. Williams released his version of Rex Griffin’s “Lovesick Blues” in 1949. That year, Williams sang the song at the Grand Ole Opry, where he became the first performer to receive six encores. because of star

In 1950, Williams

Luke the Drifter, an Williams for use in identifying his more moralistic and religious-themed recordings, many of which are recitations rather than his usual crooning. However, Williams’ life would become unmanageable due to his success. His marriage, always turbulent, was rapidly disintegrating, and he developed a serious problem with alcohol, morphine and other painkillers. In 1952, Hank and Audrey separated and he moved in with his mother. Williams’ drug problems continued to spiral out of control as he moved to Nashville and officially divorced his wife. In October 1952, Williams was fired from the Grand Ole Opry. Told not to return until he was sober, he instead rejoined the Louisiana Hayride. On January 1, 1953, Williams was due to play in Canton, Ohio, but he was unable to fly due to weather problems. He injected himself with B12 and morphine. He then left in a Cadillac. He was trying to get his career back on track by proving to promoters that he could be sober and reliable. The seventeen year-old chauffeur and discovered that Williams was unresponsive. it was discovered that Hank Williams was dead. His son Hank Williams, Jr., daughter Jett Williams, and grandson Hank Williams IIIare also country musicians. began recording as

appellation given to

4. The Grand Ole Opry Ain't So Grand III

8. Family Tradition Hank Willaims Jr.

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Hank Williams Apparently

Isn’t Dead Enough...

The Opry Wants to

Kill His Legacy Too






For More Information

Cut line Bleed 1/8” 1. The Ride David Allen Coe 2. This Ain’t Montgomery Joey Allcorn (Featuring III) 3. I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive Hank Sr., Hank Jr., and Hank III 4. The Grand Ole Opry Ain't So Grand III

5. If You Don't Like Hank Williams Kris Kristofferson 6 Radio Country Those Poor Bastards 7. I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You


8. Family Tradition Hank Willaims Jr.

1. The Ride David Allen Coe 2. This Ain’t Montgomery Joey Allcorn (Featuring III) 3. I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive Hank Sr., Hank Jr., and Hank III 4. The Grand Ole Opry Ain't So Grand III


8. Family Tradition Hank Willaims Jr.


5. If You Don't Like Hank Williams Kris Kristofferson 6 Radio Country Those Poor Bastards 7. I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You

ReInstate Hank  

A pamphlet to educate people on the grass roots movement to have Hank Williams Sr. posthumously reinstated into the Grand Old Opry.

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