Alabama Creates Hank Williams Trail

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A brochure published by the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel designates sites associated with Hank Williams, Sr., the singer/songwriter known for recording such classics as Jambalaya,Hey, Good Lookin,and Cold, Cold Heart, as the Hank Williams Trail.

Williams was born in rural Alabama in 1923, and died at the age of 29 while en route to an out of state performance. During his short lifetime, he wrote and recorded a string of hit songs which are still recorded by artists around the world today. The 20 page brochure, produced by ABTT Assistant Art Director Tommy Cauthen, points to sites where Hank grew up, attended church, sold peanuts as a boy, gave his first public performances, and more. It is expected to be a large draw for affinity group travel and tour groups.

Among the attractions for group travel members to see are the Hank Williams Boyhood Home in Georgiana, the Baptist Church in Mount Olive where Hank sang as a child, the Ritz Theater in Greenville where he performed, the Andalusia garage where he married Audrey, and the cabin at Kowaliga on Lake Martin where he composed the song about the famous wooden Indian. Several sites in Montgomery are highlighted, including the Hank Williams Museum, City Hall where his funeral was held and the Oakwood Cemetery Annex where he is buried.

ABTT Director Lee Sentell said his agency produced the brochure because the Alabama artist had a tremendous impact on American music.His music spoke to common people whose voice had not been widely heard before Hank came along, Sentell said.

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