Bocephus has turned out so many hits that he’s become just as famous as his father was. It might have taken him a bit longer to attain the fame his father holds, but walking in a legend’s shoes is about the same as walking in their footsteps. He says he has few memories of his father, but enough friends and family have told him of his father that it is almost the same as having memories of his own. He started his love of music before he remembers. Friends of his father have told him about Hank Sr taking him to the Grand Ole Opry and tucking him into his open guitar case on the side of the stage so Hank Jr could watch his daddy play for the people.
From the time he started singing to about 1995, Hank Jr was doing great. The new singers lining up in Nashville were singing a new kind of country that spoke to the younger generation a lot more, and his record sales dropped so much that he wasn’t heard in the Top 40 lineup on the weekend. This is one disappointment of mine that makes me wish it was still the 1970’s. I was a lot younger then, too, and could actually dance to Hank Jr’s music, haha!
Between his debut and the mid-90s, Bocephus produced many songs. His father produced about 25, but Hank Jr penned most of his and these came from his life experiences. This is one of the reasons why his music speaks to me so well. He knows what it is like to actually live and love and lose, and have to keep going, sometimes like there’s nothing wrong at all.
The song that he electronically redid with his dad after his dad’s death, Tear in My Beer, is a masterpiece in my opinion. While he couldn’t do this in reality, with the software they have today, he mixed his voice in their with Hank Sr’s and it is the sweetest song I think I’ve ever heard.
His longest lasting song was All My Rowdy Friends and that was a number one hit for about eight months, is probably my favorite. Just because Tear in My Beer duet is a spectacular song doesn’t mean it’s my favorite. It reminds me of sad times, an that while they’ll soon go away, they still exist. My favorite song is about friends and living, not sadness or heartbreak.
Other songs by Hank Jr that I love hearing are Wolverton Mountain, The Chair That Rocked Us All, Tee Tot Song (which is about his father’s mentor hat few people know about), and House of the Rising Sun.
His has many patriotic songs and the best ones include We Don’t Apologize for America, Where Would We Be Without Yankees, and Mr Lincoln. Hank Jr, just like his father before him, is a Christian man, and he has many songs based on his beliefs. He’s shown these beliefs and his strong love for God and Jesus through the songs Are You Building A Temple In Heaven, Practice What I Preach, When God Comes And Gathers His Jewels, and also Wealth Won’t Save Your Soul. I really do hope he never quits playing and making new songs for all of his fans to enjoy.