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Today’s offering on AMD-AM is by one of my favorite country\outlaw country\southern rock artists Hank Williams Jr. I’ve personally seen Hank many times live and I can truthfully say I never saw one performance I didn’t thoroughly enjoy. I chose this tune for what will most likely be obvious to most of you, it will really have somewhat of a double meaning to most. It is from probably my all time favorite CD by Hank, Montana Café. This is another of those tunes that will elicit deep feelings from some, both happy and sad. For me personally it brings back heartbreaking memories and never fails to bring a tear to my eye. I’ve shed a few tears in my beer to this playin’ on the jukebox. So first a little background on Hank then on with today’s musical selection on AMD-AM.
Hank Williams, Jr. (May 26, 1949) is an American country and southern rock artist, son of country music pioneer Hank Williams and father of Hank III and Holly Williams.
Born Randall Hank Williams in Shreveport, Louisiana, and known by the nickname Bocephus (a name given to him by his father because he thought his son as a baby resembled a TV ventriloquist dummy named Bocephus), he was raised by his mother Audrey after his father's death in 1953. His rise to fame began with lessons on the piano by Jerry Lee Lewis and guitar by Johnny Cash. He began performing when eight years old, and in 1963 made his recording debut with "Long Gone Lonesome Blues", a staple of his father's career.
Williams' early career was guided, some say outright dominated, by his mother Audrey Williams, who many claim was the driving force that led his father to musical superstardom during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Audrey, in many ways, wished for young Hank to be nothing more than a "Hank Williams, Sr. impersonator", sometimes going as far as to have clothes designed for him that were identical to his father's stage clothes and vocal stylings very similar to those of his father.
Although Williams' recordings earned him numerous country hits throughout the 1960s and early 1970s with his role as a 'Hank Williams clone', he became disillusioned and severed ties with his mother in order to pursue his own musical direction and tastes. After recording the soundtrack to Your Cheatin' Heart, a biography of his father, Williams, Jr. hit the charts with one of his own compositions, "Standing in the Shadows". The song signalled a move to rock and roll and other influences as he stepped from the shadow of his father.
Also during this time, Williams had his first two No. 1 songs: "All For the Love of Sunshine" (1970, featured on the soundtrack to Kelly's Heroes) and "Eleven Roses" (1972).
By the mid-1970s, Williams had finally found the musical direction that would, eventually, make him a superstar. Williams' unique blend of traditional country with southern rock and blues earned him a devoted following, although some mainstream country radio stations wouldn't touch his new songs in this blatantly untraditional sound.
While recording a series of hit songs, Williams began abusing drugs, including alcohol and eventually tried to commit suicide in 1974. Moving to Alabama, Williams began playing music with Southern rock musicians Toy Caldwell, Marshall Tucker Band and Charlie Daniels, and others.
On August 8, 1975, Williams was severely injured in a mountain-climbing accident in Montana. The accident shattered every bone within his face and actually exposed his brain to open air. It would eventually take nine major surgeries to put his face back together again.


Hank Williams Jr.
“When Something Is Good (Why Does It Change)”
Composer: Hank Williams Jr.

Coca-Cola changed until so many complained.
They went back to "the real thing."
Nothin' ever stays the same.
ATT or MCI, either way you go the price is high.
You can't always trust a name.
When something's good, why does it change?


Ford and Chevrolet, they're makin' these small new cars these days.
I miss my old '68. When something's good, why do they change?
Clint Eastwood and ol' John Wayne, (yeah)
They love cowboys, they love trains.
Ridin' across the silver screen, you see, they were smart.
They never changed.


So, why should me and you go through what we're goin' through,
When all we've gotta do is just love each other true?
It was so easy to say, "I love you," to you each day,
But now our eyes are filled with pain.
When something's good, why does it change?

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