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Alan Jackson Honors The Legendary Hank Williams With 'Midnight In Montgomery'

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It's no surprise that Alan Jackson is a huge Hank Williams fan. Jackson covers him often and even wrote a song about him.

The song is titled "Midnight in Montgomery" and is an ode to Williams, who is from Montgomery and buried there. 

While heading to a New Year's Eve show, Jackson made a visit to Williams' grave. The song tells that story. His lyrics "A drunk man in a cowboy hat took me by surprise/Wearing shiny boots, a Nudi suit, and haunting haunted eyes," describe his encounter with the ghost of Williams at the grave

"Midnight in Montgomery" was released in 1992 as the fourth single from Jackson's album Don't Rock the Jukebox. It made it to #3 on the Billboard Hot Country singles charts. 

Jackson went on the popular TV show "American Music Shop" to perform the song and explained the story that inspired it.

"I'm a big Hank Williams fan. About a year ago, I was traveling around visiting radio stations. I ended up in Montgomery, Alabama. I spent the night there. It was the first time I had ever really been there," he says. "You know, Hank's buried there and they got a real nice monument over by his grave. late that night I stopped by to pay my respects to Hank and it was kind of a stormy night in Montgomery. It was kind of a strange feeling being there and got back to Nashville and me and a songwriting friend of mine, Don Sampson, we wrote this song as a tribute to Hank Williams Sr."

The song is dark and haunting, unlike a lot of Jackson's material, but it is so fitting for a tribute to Williams. No wonder it was such a huge hit!

Watch his incredible tribute below.

Lyrics Below

Midnight in Montgomery, silver eagle, lonely road
I was on my way to Mobile, for a big New Year's Eve show
I stopped for just a minute, to see a friend outside of town
Put my collar up, I found his name, and felt the wind die down

And a drunk man in a cowboy hat took me by surprise
Wearing shiny boots, a Nudi suit, and haunting haunted eyes
He said friend it's good to see you, it's nice to know you care
Then the wind picked up and he was gone, was he ever really there

'Cause it's midnight in Montgomery, just hear that whippoorwill
See the stars light up the purple sky, feel that lonesome chill
'Cause when the wind is right, you'll hear his songs, smell whiskey in the air
Midnight in Montgomery, he's always singing there

Well I climbed back on that eagle, took one last look around
Through red tail lights, the shadow moved slow across the ground
And off somewhere a midnight train is slowly passing by
I could hear that whistle moan, I'm so lonesome I could cry

'Cause it's midnight in Montgomery, just hear that whippoorwill
And see the stars light up the purple sky, feel that lonesome chill
'Cause when the wind is right, you'll hear his songs, smell whiskey in the air
Midnight in Montgomery, he's always singing there
He's always singing there, Hank's always singing there

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