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Annual Hank Williams Tribute set for Saturday

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The 18th annual Tribute to Hank Williams is set for Saturday at the Liberty Center in Eunice.

On the playbill this year include Vin Bruce. Bruce, from Cutoff, is a Cajun vocalist and songwriter who also recorded for Columbia Records in Nashville early in his career.  While working on a recording session in Nashville, he met Hank and they became friends.  So much so, that Hank hired Vin and his band to play at Hank's wedding reception at the New Orleans Municipal Auditorium in October 1951.  This year, Vin will also bring with him his young grandson, Benjamin, to perform on stage.

Hugh Harris, from Denham Springs, will also be playing this year, as he has since the inception of the show.  Hugh remains very popular with the tribute audiences with his spot-on renditions of Hank's classic songs.  Other vocalists include Megan Brown, Kelli Jones, Pope Huval, Terry Huval and his son Luke Huval.

This year's show will be dedicated to the memory of DL Menard, the renowned 'Cajun Hank Williams' who performed at every one of the previous shows. He died in July 2017.

The stage band is largely composed of the Jambalaya Cajun Band (Reggie Matte, Tony Huval, Ken David and Bobby Dumatrait), plus Gina Forsyth on fiddle and Hugh's brother Kyle on electric guitar.  Also appearing again is Ross Shellard from England who is flying in to play steel guitar - the Hank Williams way.

A special treat this year will be representatives from the Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery, Alabama who will be displaying and selling items from their museum.

All seats are reserved at $15 and can be bought by contacting the City of Eunice at 337.457.7389.  

Doors will open at 4:30 and the show begins at 6 pm.

As in the past, the net proceeds of the show go back to City of Eunice to support the Liberty Theater.  Over the years, the tribute has returned more than $30,000 to the City from this show.

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