Ryan Cook’s Hank Wil­liams trib­ute com­ing to King’s The­atre Oct. 20

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HEAD: Ryan Cook’s Hank Wil­liams trib­ute com­ing to King’s The­atre Oct. 20

Nova Sco­tian coun­try mu­sic favourite Ryan Cook will bring Hank Wil­liams and his band the Drift­ing Cow­boys to life with a one-night show at King’s The­atre on Oct. 20.

Cook and his four band­mates will be in cos­tume and in char­ac­ter. They will trans­port the au­di­ence to the world of Hank Wil­liams, con­sid­ered one of the most sig­nif­i­cant and in­flu­en­tial Amer­i­can singer-song­writ­ers of the 20th cen­tury, and one of the great­est coun­try mu­sic le­gends of all time.

This two-act fea­ture per­for­mance in­cludes 22 clas­sic Hank Wil­liams songs. Cook and com­pany re-an­i­mate the sounds of Don Helms’ haunt­ing steel gui­tar, Jerry Rivers’ fid­dle ar­range­ments, and the yo­delling of the lovesick boy from Ge­or­giana, the Drifter him­self: Hank Wil­liams.

Cook be­gan per­form­ing as Hank Wil­liams in 2009 with sev­eral con­sec­u­tive sold-out weeks of the May­nard Collins play “The Show He Never Gave” in Sackville, N.B.

Hav­ing per­formed at some of the same stages as Hank Wil­liams, in­clud­ing the Ry­man Au­di­to­rium, and Ernest Tubb Mid­night Jam- boree in Nash­ville, Ryan has also stud­ied Wil­liams’ life through the bi­o­graph­i­cal work of Colin Es­cott, Sneezy Wa­ters, The Coun­try Mu­sic Hall of Fame (TN), Hank Wil­liams Boy­hood Home & Mu­seum (AL), and The Hank Wil­liams Mu­seum (Mont­gomery (AL).

“It’s go­ing to be quite a show” says The­atre Man­ager Janet Lark­man. “The com­bi­na­tion of Ryan Cook, who is a great per­former and much loved in th­ese parts, and the mu­sic and per­sona of Hank Wil­liams, will ap­peal to a wide cross-sec­tion of coun­try mu­sic fans”.

For more in­for­ma­tion and tick­ets, call the King’s The­atre Box Of­fice at 902-532-7704 or visit kingsthe­atre.ca.


Ryan Cook will soon bring his mu­si­cal trib­ute to Hank Wil­liams to Kings The­atre.


Nova Sco­tian mu­si­cian Ryan Cook, orig­i­nally from Yar­mouth, has stud­ied the sights and sounds nec­es­sary to es­sen­tially be­come Hank Wil­liams on stage.

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