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Emerging from his famous father’s shadow, Hank Williams Jr. created an influential sound of his own that blended country, blues, and rock. His music was bold, boisterous, defiant, outspoken, and often intensely biographical. Williams Jr. knew how to entertain a crowd before he finished third grade. Born Randall Hank Williams on May 26, 1949, in Shreveport, Louisiana, he moved to Nashville a month later, when his father, Country Music Hall of Fame member, Hank Williams, accepted an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry. His father gave him the nickname “Bocephus,” which stuck. After his father’s death, in 1953, he was raised by his mother, Audrey Williams. Under the guidance of his mother, Williams Jr. performed his first concert at age eight, joining the Audrey Williams Musical Caravan of Stars, a tour that included the Big Bopper and Carl Perkins. At age eleven, williams jr. appeared as a guest on the Grand Ole Opry. At age fourteen, he released his first album, featuring covers of his father’s songs, and he performed on television’s Jimmy Dean Show, Ed Sullivan Show, and Shindig! At age twenty, williams jr. already had scored eleven Top Forty country hits, and he had released twenty one albums, including a greatest hits compilation.

During the Civil War, the four attached structures (including 419 Broadway) were BUILT. Outside of that exceptional period, this part of Nashville has been a primarily commercial district with many businesses on lower Broadway dealing in furniture, hardware, feed, and grain. City directories indicate that by the early twentieth century, there were also several grocery stores, barbers, and pawnbrokers on the 400 block, along with at least one hotel, a restaurant, a watchmaker, and shoemaker.

Today, 419 Broadway is home to Hank Williams Jr's Boogie Bar! With three levels and a rooftop bar, there is definitely enough boogie to go around for everyone. When in Nashville, be sure to stop at Hank's, one of Broadway's most historic bars!
View of Broad Street between Cherry and Summer Streets taken during the Civil War, showing 417-423 Broadway shortly after construction. Source: James Hoobler Photograph and Drawing Collection, Tennessee State Library and Archives (via HABS)
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