Country Throwback: Watch Hank Williams Jr. Perform ‘I Think I’ll Just Stay Here Drink’ at Tribute Show

by Katie Maloney
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Country superstar, Hank Williams Jr. honors Merle Haggard with his cover of “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink.”

As a tribute to Haggard, a year after his death, country stars gathered to perform songs in his honor. The concert was called Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard. The sold-out concert was held in Nashville and featured performers including Miranda Lambert, Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Jamey Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss, Toby Keith, and Hank Williams Jr. 

With the help of Haggard’s band, The Strangers, Hank Jr. performed Haggard’s super hit “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink.”

Hank Williams Jr. performs Merle Haggard’s “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink.”

Hank Williams Jr. Recorded The Same Song With Haggard

Hank Jr. blew audiences away with his cover of “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink.” However, that wasn’t the first time he played the song. In fact, Hank Jr. released his own version of the song on his album Old School New Rules. The song even features new vocals from Haggard. Hank Jr. and Haggard recorded the song in 2012 and filmed behind the scenes footage from the recording session. During an interview, Hank Jr. talks about a conversation he had with Haggard after the recording.

“The next day he called and said, ‘I want to thank you for using my song in there.’ I told him I just had to. In 1966 my mother (Audrey Williams) tried to persuade him to book us on his show.”

His mother may not have been able to book him the gig at the time. However, Hank Jr. soon rose to fame on his own. In fact, Hank Jr. produced 56 studio albums and 11 number one singles. Additionally, he won 7 CMA Awards and a Grammy award. Undoubtedly, Hank Williams Jr. has earned his place as a country music legend.

Hank Williams Jr. performs with Merle Haggard.
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