In the 1980s, when country music was moving away from the “traditional” sound, some fans were left enraged that country music was changing, but one man decided to stand up for the ever-evolving genre. That man was, you guessed it, Hank Williams, Jr.!
Hank Jr. stood up for himself and so many other artists the only way he knew how – through song. He wrote and recorded the song “Young Country” for his album Born to Boogie, and released it as the third and final single from the album. It peaked at number two on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart after its February 1988 release.
“Young Country” is about the awesome and seamless mix of country and rock, which Hank Jr. ultimately made a career on. He sings about a new style of music that combines country, rock, and rhythm and blues, letting all the complaining fans know that the young style of country music is all about blending genres, and if they didn’t agree, they need to get with the times.
In the original studio version of this song, Butch Baker, Steve Earle, Highway 101, Dana McVicker, Marty Stuart, Keith Whitley, and T. Graham Brown all lent their vocals and even more country stars appeared in the official music video. In fact, many country artists who are now considered legends are in the video.
How many cameos do you see?! Watch the official music video below to start counting!
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