Hank Williams Jr. and Waylon Jennings were old friends, and worked together on multiple occasions up until Waylon's death in 2002. So it makes sense that for his newest album, It's About Time, Hank decided to cover one of Waylon's old songs, called "Are You Ready for the Country?"
"Are You Ready for the Country?" was originally written by Neil Young and was released on his 1972 album Harvest. Waylon released his version of the song in 1976, and it was a chart success, peaking at the 7th spot on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
Over the years, there have been many ideas as to what the exact meaning of the song is. One speculation is that when he wrote the song, Neil may have been asking his fans if they were ready to follow him into country music. For Waylon and and Hank, this meaning seems fitting, since both are known as legends in country music.
With a chorus like "Are you ready for the country/Are you ready for me/Are you ready for the country/Ain't that a sight to see?" at least from Waylon and Hank's standpoint it makes it seem as though they are asking their audience if they are ready to experience their hardcore country personas.
Hank's fans had the chance to see him perform the song during his much-anticipated CMA Awards opening performance with Eric Church. A few weeks later, Hank released his official music video for the song, which also features Eric.
In the video, Hank starts off performing in a barn on his own, before Eric steps up to join him. The two artists jam out together along with a band featuring traditional country instruments, such as a fiddle. Toward the end of the video, the backdrop falls to reveal that Hank and Eric are actually performing in a parking garage, and they conclude the song by bringing the "country" to the city.
You can watch Hank's official music video for "Are You Ready for the Country?" below.
We love Hank's version of this old Waylon tune!
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