NASHVILLE, Tenn., November 11, 2008 - Lycrecia Williams Hoover, the daughter of Audrey Williams and half-sister of Hank Williams Jr., will visit the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on Saturday, December 13, for an intimate interview in the Museum's Ford Theater. The program, which is presented in conjunction with the Museum's exhibition Family Tradition: The Williams Family Legacy, Co-Presented by SunTrust and Ford Motor Company, will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Hosted by Family Tradition co-curator Michael McCall, the program will include audiovisuals from the Museum’s Frist Library and Archive and from the Williams family.
Audrey Williams’ daughter from an earlier marriage, Lycrecia was two years old when her mother began dating Hank Williams in the summer of 1943. After Audrey and Hank married in December of 1944, Hank helped to raise Lycrecia and considered her his own daughter. Hank Williams Jr., born Randall Hank Williams in 1949, was only three years old when his father died and has few memories of their time together; Lycrecia, on the other hand, has many vivid memories of her life with the country legend.
“Of the two of us, I always considered myself to be the luckiest one because I got to do things with Daddy,” Lycrecia recently told The New York Times. “Daddy was a fun person. He would take me bowling a lot. He would go horseback riding and fishing with me.”
Lycrecia traveled with her mother and stepfather as Hank’s career took off. She moved with them from Montgomery, Alabama, to Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1948 when Hank became a cast member of the Louisiana Hayride on radio station KWKH. In 1949, a month after Hank Jr.’s birth, Lycrecia joined her growing family as they moved to Nashville and Hank became an integral member of the Grand Ole Opry.
During the 60-minute program, Lycrecia will present an insider’s view of life in the Williams home, sharing recollections of watching Hank write songs, of his generosity with his children, of his love of home and family, of his struggles with alcohol and being on the road, and of his turbulent but often loving relationship with Audrey. She will also address how her family endured after Hank’s death and the work her mother did to keep his memory and music alive. “I know Mother often blamed herself for Daddy’s troubles, which is what the spouses of alcoholics often do,” she said. “After his death, Mother devoted herself to his career. That’s how she mourned him.”
Lycrecia also will recall watching her brother grow into an entertainer who emerged from his father’s shadow to become a leading superstar of his generation, and she’ll discuss the problems he overcame along the way.
Lycrecia’s family memoir, Still in Love with You: The Story of Hank & Audrey Williams, was published in 1988 and recently re-released in a 20th anniversary edition. Co-written with Dale Vinicur, the book found Lycrecia and other friends and family members offering a fleshed-out, complex depiction of Hank Williams and his first wife.
These programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and by an agreement between the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.
With the purchase of a Museum membership ($25/adults and $10/youth), visitors can attend most public programs free of charge for one year, including all programming related to Family Tradition. Museum memberships also include one year of unlimited admission to the Museum, discounts in the Museum Store, SoBro Grill® and Hatch Show Print, and more.
Additional promotional support is being provided by the Museum’s official Family Tradition media partners: Great American Country Television Network, Cumulus Broadcasting and The Tennessean.
Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The Museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the Foundation also operates CMF Records, the Museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B, and Hatch Show Print.
More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.com or by calling (615) 416-2001.