FOLSOM — It is a trip down country music’s memory lane. In Hank & My Honky Tonk Heroes, Jason Petty pays tribute not only to Hank Williams and his influence on country music but also to the stars who influenced Hank and those whom Hank influenced. These include Jimmie Rodgers, Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubb, George Jones, and more.
The Show comes to Three Stages at Folsom Lake College March 7-9.
Petty, accompanied by an authentic four-piece country band, re-creates such Williams’ hits as: I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, Your Cheatin’ Heart, Hey Good Lookin’, Cold Cold Heart, Lovesick Blues, and You Win Again, among others.
Petty won rave reviews from all the major critics, includingVariety and Rolling Stone. The NY Post stated it best, “At times it seems as if Petty is not just offering an impersonation of Williams, but channeling his ghost.” Another sign of recognition for Petty’s brilliant performance of Hank Williams was being honored with an Obie Award for “Outstanding Actor.” “It was like I was transported back in time to when I was playing with the original Hank. He’s that good. He’s got the look, the charm, the wit …. and most of all …. he’s got the voice and the talent. Every music fan will love this show,” said Don Helms, original member of the Hank Williams band).
Petty, a veteran actor and singer has performed in theatres across the United States, Canada and Europe. Petty began his career 50 miles from the farm at Nashville’s Opryland music park. Performing four shows a day, seven days a week, Petty caught the attention of the director of an upcoming musical at the Ryman Auditorium. He was hand-picked for the starring role in “Hank Williams: Lost Highway” and it led him straight for the stage, where he has been ever since. Since that time, Petty appeared in National Tours of Lost Highway and Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes, a musical revue which also Petty authored.
His acting ability has afforded Petty roles in film, television and theatre. His musicianship and song writing abilities have won him numerous performances on The Grand Ole Opry, and the honor of being invited to perform with the most distinguished songwriters and producers at the exclusive Blue Bird Café in Nashville.
Hank & My Honky Heroes will perform in Three Stages at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 7; 2 and 7 p.m. on Friday, March 8; and 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 9. Tickets are $29 to 39. Purchase them online at threestages.net or from Three Stages ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Three Stages is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.