Tuesday, May 21, 2013


HANK WILLIAM'S SUPER-STAR OPENING ACT COMES TO IOWA      Anita, Iowa..... It was December, 1952.  Hank Williams Sr., had already experienced many ups and downs in his meteoric country music career.  In Charleston, West Virginia, a huge crowd waited for him in a blistering snowstorm. His opening act was standing by.  Because Hank could not make it due to the storm, the show was canceled and all of the performers, including his opening act, was sent to  Canton, Ohio, where they were to appear on a New Year's Day matinee.  Then they got the news.  Hank Williams was dead.  An eerie shock-driven hush filled the auditorium.  After a time, Hawkshaw Hawkins decided the show must go on, each performer making a tribute to Hank.  One by one the acts slowly made their way to the stage, each singing a Hank Williams song.  The opening act sang "Mansion On A Hill." That opening act was June Webb.     Before she became the very important opening act for Hank Williams, this young beautiful blonde was asked to audition for Roy Acuff, the king of country music.  The night she sang for Acuff, she performed "I Cried Again." to a hootin' and hollerin' crowd.  Acuff signed her on the spot.  She became known as the 'prettiest Smoky Mountain Boy."  From this experience she received Billboard Magazine's prestigious "Most Promising Female Vocalist" award.  She performed everywhere Acuff went.  She was hugely popular on the USO tours, which gave her an opportunity to show her support for the military.       Webb signed with RCA Records, working closely with Chet Atkins.  Atkins considered June Webb to be among the top three guitarists in country music, along with himself and Grady Martin.  With her amazing ability to sing, she added her instrumental abilities to her performances. She began touring with Jim Reeves and the Everly Brothers, and a host of other acts produced by Chet Atkins.       In 2011 June Webb was inducted into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame' at the National Old Time Country Music Festival held annually in LeMars, Iowa.  She had been retired from show business for about 30 years, but the experience was a delight for her.  Now she is returning to Iowa on May 31st, for a very special concert at the Oak Tree Performance Center in Anita.  She will be honoring not only the military which she has such high regard for, she will also be paying tribute to her two fellow performing artists, Hank Williams and Roy Acuff.  Showtime is 7pm with reserved seats at $10, available by calling 712-762-4363. It should also be noted that Ms. Webb is doing this concert as a fundraiser for the Pioneer Music Museum, also located in Anita.  It's to help fix a leaking roof on the building that contains her Hall of Fame display.     joining Ms. Webb, as the opening act, which they treasure, is Smithsonian recording artists, Bob & Sheila Everhart. This is the couple that produce and manage the National Old Time Music Festival in LeMars, Iowa, and are also the proprietors of the Oak Tree Performance Center in Anita, and the ones responsible for bringing Ms. Webb out of retirement.  According to Bob Everhart, "June Webb has one of the most magnificent voices I've heard in my lifetime.  It is a real pleasure for my wife Sheila and I to be the opening act for this gracious lady."     Also on the program is backing musicians Rick & Harriette Andersen and David Green, and special vocalists Francis Hahn and Marge Lund.     More information is available on the Everhart's website www.ntcma.net


Interview with : Hank Williams Jr., Legendary Country Music Superstar
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Hank Williams Snr Country Music's First Superstar
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Hank Williams Jr helps Alabama tornado victims: Superstar concert
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