From April 1st until May 15th, 2016 Sierra Repertory Theatre in Columbia Historic State Park is hosting Hank Williams: Lost Highway. Hank Williams is one of the most legendary singers in country music and during his short life (he died when he was just 29 years old), he had 35 singles (five posthumously) place in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked number one (three posthumously).
The show starts out talking about his funeral where between 15,000 and 20,000 people came to pay their respects. Afterwards the show retraces Hank William’s life from when he first received a guitar as a gift and learned how to play and write from a black street performer all the way throughout his career playing on radio stations, the Grand Ole Opry, and finally to the downfall of his career brought on my alcoholism and prescription drug usage.
Hank Williams: Lost Highway is suitably named as it showcases not only the catchy and raw music that Hank Williams was known for, but also the hard times he dealt with in a failing marriage to Audrey Sheppard and his alcoholism. The show tells Hank William’s story with humor, and as expected, lots of Hank Williams hits including Lovesick Blues,” “Hey, Good Lookin” and “Your Cheatin’ Heart.” As someone who appreciated Hank William’s legacy in country music, but not being familiar with all of his music, I enjoyed every song that was played and learned a great deal into Hank Williams life. The show makes you want to laugh, clap, and cry with all the highs and lows of Hank William’s life. Every member of the cast is perfectly suited to their character and highly entertaining.
Hank Williams: Lost Highway runs Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. – Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinee in place of evening show on May 5 and 12.
Hank Williams: Lost Highway is hosted by Sierra Repertory Theater. Learn more or buy tickets at sierrarep.org or by calling 209-532-3120. Ticket prices range from $28 to $35, with group, senior and student discounts available. Shows play Wednesdays through Sundays at Columbia State Park’s historic Fallon House Theatre.
Before the show, enjoy a Sarsaparilla, beer, or wine at Jack Douglass Saloon or St Charles Saloon, both located on Main Street at Columbia Historic State Park.
The Jack Douglass Saloon is open 7 days a week (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and until 7 on Fridays. St Charles Saloon is open 10am to 7:00pm every day of the week.