Country music is not the same as what it used to be. Hank Jr’s influence has sadly dissipated a great deal, too much for my liking, and he produces fewer new songs each year. Few of the new and upcoming singers show any of his influence, and I wish this weren’t the case.
The music that is labeled ‘country’ today wouldn’t make it twenty years ago. Some of it would be rejected even ten years ago. Many of the country singers today are more glitz than talent, and some of the young ladies should be in magazines instead of on stage singing. Their outfit, and how they dance in them, is what draws in the crowds, not their singing abilities or the lyrics. That, to me, isn’t country. But they are the ones who are directing the path of country songs today, and Hank Jr’s added a bit to it, with his back up singers. I listen to country music on the radio, and don’t watch much on the TV, except when it’s the Music Awards or some other special on TV.
The TV specials are great, with all the different singing stars on there at one time. You can really get taste of how different they are, but they are still classified as country singers. Hank Jr should perform more again, I really wish he would, and I think others miss him, too. Holding more concerts would help him revive his career, and also help cure the state of country music today. His influence reached into other areas of music, such as rock and roll, and helped make the two genres more easily intertwined. This intertwining has helped many singers enjoy an audience that is made up of the two.
Hank Jr’s three children older children, two daughters, Holly and Hillary, and his son, Hank III, are all also involved in country music. They are following fully in their father’s footsteps, doing things partly after his style, and partly their own. I listen to some of their songs, and they are reminiscent of their dad’s but not replicas by any means, and that’s good. Children should be like their parents, but not carbon copies, and Hank Jr knew that. It’s what brought us his fantastic music in the first place!
Now Hank Jr’s half-sister, Jett Williams, she is also a good actress and country singer, too. She had to fight him in court, and won more than maybe she should have, which kicked Hank Jr out of collecting any royalties from their father, but that isn’t all her doing. I am hoping they can patch up their differences and be a family. Hank Sr would have wanted that. Jett never knew who her father was, much like Hank Jr, as she was born five days or so after their father passed away to Hank Sr’s girlfriend. This was between his marriages, and not during either one of them.