WATCH: Hank Williams Jr.’s Guitar String Breaks During ‘A Country Boy Can Survive,’ He Plays Right Through It

by Jennifer Shea
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Country music legend Hank Williams Jr. wouldn’t let a little thing like a broken guitar string slow him down.

During a concert in 2008, at which he was performing “A Country Boy Can Survive,” one of Williams Jr.’s guitar strings broke. The concert had been going great, with the fans sometimes overpowering Williams Jr. himself, they were cheering so loudly. Williams was most of the way through the song. But then, as he was plucking the guitar strings, one of them snapped.

But Williams Jr. went right on playing, not even stopping to take note of the minor mishap. He plowed through the rest of the song and finished with a resounding vocal riff.

Williams Jr.’s fans loved it, naturally, and they cheered him on louder than ever as the song ended.

See Bocephus master the moment in this video clip:

Hank Williams Jr. Surprises Fans at Texas Show

At a Saturday performance at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth, Williams Jr. brought Texas native Miranda Lambert and Kid Rock up on stage with him, CBS 19 reports.

The country music stars joined Williams Jr. and his son Sam onstage to perform Williams Jr.’s song “Family Tradition.” The 1979 single was the title track off Williams Jr.’s album released that year.

Lambert is scheduled to headline five shows later this month at Billy Bob’s, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with a string of shows throughout 2021 in spite of the pandemic.

And Sam Williams is gearing up to release a new album this year, Taste of Country reports. And in January, the heir to the Williams family legacy released a Beechwood Hall Session live video of “Can’t Fool Your Own Blood,” recorded in Hank Williams Sr.’s farmhouse in Tennessee. It deals with family patterns, making them and breaking them.

“I’d like to be a male in country music that subscribes to emotions and talks about real-life things,” Williams told American Songwriter. “This song is about living with adversity. I sing about the family drama that we all experience and grapple with. One thing that will never serve you well is lying to someone you love.”