David Allan Coe
- 98% match to Hank Williams Jr.
6 September 1939, Akron, Ohio, USA. From the age of nine, Coe was in and out of reform schools, correction centres and prisons. According to his publicity handout, he spent time on Death Row after killing a fellow inmate who demanded oral sex. When Rolling Stone magazine questioned this, Coe responded with a song, Id Like To Kick The Shit Out Of You. Whatev
- 88% match to Hank Williams Jr.
Donald Eugene Lytle, 31 May 1938, Greenfield, Ohio, USA, d. 18 February 2003, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. His date of birth is often disputed, and varies between 1938 and 1941. The title of Paychecks 1977 country hit, Im The Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised), is apt as he was in trouble throughout his life; the wild eyes on his album sleeves give the pictur
- 75% match to Hank Williams Jr.
Wayland Arnold Jennings, 15 June 1937, Littlefield, Texas, USA, d. 13 February 2002, Arizona, USA. Jennings mother wanted to name him Tommy but his father, William Alvin, insisted that the family tradition of W.A. should be maintained. His father played guitar in Texas dancehalls and Jennings childhood hero was Ernest Tubb, with whom he later recorded
Danny Shirley (12 August 1956, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA; lead vocals/guitar), Mark DuFresne (b. 6 August 1953, Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; drums), Michael Lamb (guitar/vocals), Chris McDaniel (b. 4 February 1965, Rock Springs, Georgia, USA; keyboards/vocals), Gates Nichols (b. 26 May 1944, New York City, New York, USA; steel guitar/vocals) and Wayne Secrest (b. 30 April 19
- 61% match to Hank Williams Jr.
6 April 1937, Bakersfield, California, USA. Like a razors edge, Merle Haggard sings is how John Stewart described his voice in Eighteen Wheels, and that razor has been honed by his rough and rowdy ways. In the 30s Haggards parents migrated from the Dustbowl to the land of milk and honey, California. Life, however, was almost a
Billy Joe Shaver
- 53% match to Hank Williams Jr.
16 September 1941, Corsicana, Texas, USA. Shaver was raised in Waco, Texas, and lost two fingers in a sawmill accident. In typically contradictory fashion, he took up bronc-busting as a safer job and started to learn guitar. An early song, Two Bits Worth Of Nothing, was written about his wife - a woman he has both married and divorced three times! Shaver spent so
- 51% match to Hank Williams Jr.
Harold Lloyd Jenkins, 1 September 1933, Friars Point, Mississippi, USA, d. 5 June 1993, Springfield, Missouri, USA. His father, a riverboat pilot, named him after a silent-film comedian and gave him a guitar when he was five years old. The family moved to Helena, Arkansas, and Twittys schoolboy friends - Jack Nance, Joe E. Lewis and John Hughey - have since played in h
- 48% match to Hank Williams Jr.
Statistically the biggest US country rock act of the 80s and 90s, Alabamas origins can be traced back to Fort Payne in northern Alabama. The band was originally formed in 1969 as Young Country by cousins Randy Owen (14 December 1949, Fort Payne, Alabama, USA; vocals/guitar) and Teddy Gentry (b. 22 January 1952, Fort Payne, Alabama, USA; bass/vocals), with Jeff Cook (b.
- 46% match to Hank Williams Jr.
1 July 1955, Sandy Hook, Kentucky, USA, d. 8 May 1989, Goodlettsville, Tennessee, USA. Whitley, who grew up in a musical family, learned to play the guitar from the age of six and was on the radio with Buddy Starcher in Charleston, West Virginia, aged eight. He joined Ralph Stanley And His Clinch Mountain Boys when he was 15, and both he and his friend Ricky Skaggs made thei
- 45% match to Hank Williams Jr.
5 August 1934, Woodland, Alabama, USA. Gosdins first steps in carrying out his wish to be a country singer-songwriter came in the early 50s, when as a result of singing with his two brothers in the local church, they became regulars as the Gosdin Family on WVOK Birmingham. In 1953, he moved to Atlanta where he sold ice cream and in 1956 to Chicago where he ran a countr
- 44% match to Hank Williams Jr.
George Glenn Jones, 12 September 1931, Saratoga, Texas, USA. Jones is the greatest of honky tonk singers but he has also been a victim of its lifestyle. He learned guitar in his youth, and in 1947, was hired by the husband-and-wife duo Eddie And Pearl. This developed into his own radio programme and a fellow disc jockey, noting his close-set eyes and upturned nose, nicknamed
- 44% match to Hank Williams Jr.
James Travis Tritt, 9 February 1963, Marietta, Georgia, USA. Tritt started writing songs and playing honky tonks and beer joints when he was about 14 years old. One of his songs is called Son Of The New South, and his US country hit Put Some Drive Into Your Country includes the lines, I made myself a promise when I was just a kid/Id mix So