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CD Review: Hank Williams Jr. – That’s How They Do It In Dixie: The Essential Collection

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The children of famous musicians often have a tough time carving out a career for themselves if they decide to follow in the footsteps of their famous parent(s). Such was not the case for Hank Williams Jr., the son of one of country music’s most legendary stars, Hank Williams. The younger Williams started performing as a young boy.

At first, he simply imitated his father but by the time he was in his late teens he was carving out his own niche that would eventually make him a superstar. By the 1970’s he had become a legend in his own right as an outlaw with a firm grasp of the honky-tonk style. By the late 1970’s Hank Williams Jr. was one of the biggest stars in country music, having racked up a string of top ten hits that stretched through the eighties.

Curb Records recently released That’s How They Do It in Dixie: the Essential Collection which contains a mere twelve tracks. This means a lot of Hank Jr.’s hits are missing. However, the songs that are present, including “My Name is Bocephus,” “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,” “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound,” “Family Tradition” and the in-studio duet with his dad, “There’s a Tear in My Beer” help make That’s How They Do It In Dixie a worthy collection.

There is also the rather rowdy title track, “That’s How They Do It in Dixie” featuring appearances by Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, and Van Zant. Everyone sounds like they had fun recording that song, and it’s vintage Hank Williams Jr. music — rowdy and fun.

Because a lot of Hank Jr’s hits are missing from this collection, it may not be the right one for someone not familiar with his music. The album is likely to please those already captivated by his rough and rowdy style. Early indications are Hank Jr. fans are loving That’s How They Do It In Dixie: The Essential Collection. The album was released on June 27, 2006 and debuted on the Billboard Top Country Album Chart at number 3 and The Billboard Top Album Chart at number 16. It looks like Bocephus still has the magic touch!

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