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Tribute concert to Hank Williams will help raise funds to restore Edna Theatre

By by aprill brandon/
Jan. 3, 2011 at 4:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 4, 2011 at 7:05 p.m.

David Church, a man who's voice is a dead-ringer for the late Hank Williams, will perform a tribute concert on Feb. 1 at the Inez Community Center. Proceeds from the event will benefit the restoration of the Edna Theatre..

IF YOU GO:David Church will perform at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Inez Community Center. V.I.P. tickets are $25 and general admission is $15.

WHO WAS HANK WILLIAMS?1923-1953Hank Williams, born Hiram King Williams, was an American singer-songwriter and musician regarded as among one of the greatest country music stars of all time.

He charted eleven number one songs between 1948 and 1953, though unable to read or write music to any significant degree. His hits included "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Hey Good Lookin'" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."

Williams died at age 29. His death is widely believed to have resulted from a mixture of alcohol and drugs. His son Hank Williams Jr., daughter Jett Williams and grandchildren Hank Williams III, Holly Williams and Hilary Williams, are also professional singers.

His songs have been recorded by hundreds of other artists, many of whom have also had hits with the tunes, in a range of pop, gospel, blues and rock styles. Williams has been covered by performers including Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Cake, Kenny Rankin, Beck Hansen, Johnny Cash, Tony Bennett, The Residents, Patsy Cline, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong and Tom Waits.


If you close your eyes and just listen while attending a David Church concert, you may start to believe you've traveled back in time. The singer/songwriter's voice is a dead-ringer for Hank Williams. In fact, he sounds so much like him that Church has traveled the world and gained international notoriety for performing Hank Williams tribute concerts.

On Feb. 1, area music lovers will get to hear the uncanny similarity firsthand when Church gives a performance at the Inez Community Center.

"What first drew me to Hank Williams was his songwriting, the tempos. He created his own sound, as many did back in the early days of country," Church said. "He wrote about real-life things, both the funny and the sad, that people related to in one way or another, myself included."

Also an accomplished singer/songwriter in his own right, Church said Hank Williams also contributed to that aspect of his music career.

"Writing my own music, he did contribute a lot to that. Just living life in general, you find things you can put music and words to. That's what he did. He told stories. And he told them in three minutes," he added.

Growing up in Lancaster, Ohio, Church was the youngest of 14 children and has always been surrounded by music thanks to his musical family. From country to bluegrass, Church grew up listening to the sounds of old-time music. But it was Hank Williams' influence that formed the basis for his style of vocals, he said.

"It was natural thing for me, his vocal style, the way he did things. I never struggled to sound like him. Different people have different abilities in vocal styles, and listening to Hank as a kid, his style just seemed to fit me," Church said.

The Feb. 1 concert will feature both Church doing Hank Williams songs and also his own music. In addition, his wife, Terri Lisa Church, also a singer, will perform as well. All proceeds from the concert will go to help restore the historic Edna Theatre.

V.I.P. tickets are $25 and general admission is $15. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 1-888-759-7771, Ext. 6.



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