Craven Arts Council & Gallery is proud to present “At the Gallery: Hank Williams” performed by Blue Cactus in the Main Gallery at Bank of the Arts on November 16th. A pioneer of country, William’s music is played and covered by popular artists even today. The concert will begin at 7pm, with a pre-concert talk about the songwriter’s life at 6:30pm.
Dubbed the “King of Country,” Hank Williams Sr. was one of the first country music superstars in the world, and helped to shape and define the genre for decades to come. Learning folk, country, and blues from the age of eight, Williams’ radio debut was at the age of 13, with his first band, Hank Williams and his Drifting Cowboys, at 14. Commercial success started in 1947 with “Move It On Over,” and was quickly followed by a total of 35 Top Ten Hits, 5 released posthumously after his tragic death at 29 of a heart attack. Hits include “Hey Good Lookin”, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”, and “Honkey Tonk Blues.”
Blue Cactus makes country music for people who think they don’t like country music and people who love what country music used to be. Based out of Chapel Hill, NC, Blue Cactus is led by Steph Stewart and Mario Arnez who create songs that range from gritty honky-tonk to heartbreaking balladry. Inspired by the iconic vocal harmonies of the Everly Brothers and dynamic twang of great singers like Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline, Stewart and Arnez conjure a sound that will take you on a familiar journey into uncharted country, expanding tropes and breathing hope into the genre’s limitless possibilities.
Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers, and are available in person at Bank of the Arts, over the phone at 252.638.2577, or online at www.cravenarts.org