Let’s face it – there aren’t many good reasons to go outside the loop (unless you count a visit to the in-laws), but Hank Williams Jr. and Chris Stapleton are a mighty fine reason for a visit to The Woodlands.
The twangy pair sold out the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Friday night where thousands of fans braved 100-degree temperatures to see the two country legends (yes, after Friday’s performance, Stapleton can surely be called a legend already) put on one heck of a show.
Kicking off the night was Texas’ own Wade Bowen. “I used to tell people I wrote this song for Chris Stapleton and no one knew who that was. My how things have changed,” the country musician joked.
One of the highlights for many country fans was the Willie Nelson connection on stage next to Stapleton. Mickey Raphael, Willie Nelson's harmonica player for 43 years now plays with Stapleton. Stapleton told Rare Country in July that he “pulls some legends,” when referring to having Raphael and other big guns by his side.
Stapleton, a Kentucky native clearly still in awe and shock of his own success, remained humble and fun on stage. "There's more people here than in the town I grew up in," he says.
More of a legend in musical rights, Hank Williams Jr. took the stage, starting off his set with his own rendition of Waylon Jennings “Are You Ready For The Country,” which fans in attendance most certainly were. Fans of all ages and all backgrounds packed the Pavilion to see the two musical geniuses. (If the temperature got too hot, the House of Blues Lounge allows all guests to cool off in the air conditioning, buy beverages and food before, during, and after a concert.)
Hank Jr., obviously, is the son and namesake of ultimate country legend Hank Williams, which fans continue to get nostalgic over. His style is much of his father's with some added southern and blues and rock and anything else he can throw in the mix to please fans.
The two continue their tour throughout the end of August with many sold out shows around the country.
Together, Stapleton and Hank Jr. closed out the night with their own rendition of the popular “Family Tradition.” We can all agree concerts like this should be more of a family tradition…at least in Houston.