Ryan Cook will be bringing his Farewell Hank Williams Tribute Show to Windsor in May. (Submitted photo)
Early next month, residents of Hants County will have the opportunity to experience firsthand what a Hank Williams show would have been like to attend.
Tickets for the Farewell Hank Williams Tribute Show, which are available at Moe's Place Music Sales in Windsor, are $18 in advance and will be sold for $20 each at the door. People are urged to not delay purchasing their tickets, as they are selling quickly, notes Heather Donohue, the concert promoter.
The tribute show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9.
Ryan Cook, a Yarmouth resident and local fan favourite, headlines the tribute concert.
Cook describes his show as giving the audience a taste of what it would be like if Williams were to reappear in 2014. The show features full costumes as well as a five-piece band.
Cook hopes that people can laugh, smile and have a great time. He doesn't want people to feel depressed about the popular singer.
“Everyone moans and mourns about how sad his life was, but it wasn't really all sad. He had a lot of happy times, and performing was one of them,” said Cook, in an e-mail interview.
This will be Cook’s first time performing the show in the Maritimes this year, and he said he is looking forward to performing in the Ste. Croix United Church.
“It's a really nice church; it sounds nice,” he said.
Donohue shared a similar sentiment.
“We're expecting a great night and a wonderful performance,” said Donohue.
This show will mark the last time Cook will be performing his Hank Williams tribute show. He’s put on the performance more than 50 times.
Cook began performing the show as Hank Williams in the Maynard Collins play, The Show He Never Gave, in 2009. But, Cook was singing Williams’ songs since 2007 during his own stage shows throughout Canada.
Cook is currently working on writing songs for a new album that he expects to be released in the spring of 2015.
“I think it's going to sound a little less country and a little more jazzy and old rock and roll,” Cook said in an interview.
The album is inspired by music from the Beach Boys and Chuck Berry, as well as the band The Four Freshman.
Cook will be working with other singers for the upcoming album, as well as doing three and four part vocal harmonies.