10 Songs That Reference Hank Williams Jr.


The name Hank Williams Jr. and the word legend pretty much go hand in hand. He paved the way for many artists in the country music genre and definitely is not afraid to speak his mind.

Many a country star consider him a hero, which is probably why he is referenced in so many country songs! We decided to compile a list of a few of them for your listening pleasure to remind you just how many people Hank Jr. influenced!

Let’s take a look.

1. “Redneck Woman” – Gretchen Wilson

Gretchen Wilson is a huge fan of Hank Williams, Jr. so hearing his name in one of her songs should be no surprise.

They eventually teamed up a couple years after the release of “Redneck Woman” for Hank Jr.’s song “That’s How They Do It In Dixie”.

Lyrics that reference Hank Jr.:

“I keep my Christmas lights on my front porch all year long
And I know all the words to every Ol’ Bocephus song
So here’s to all my sisters out there keeping it country”

2. “Thunderhead Hawkins” – Uncle Kracker

In an interview with CMT, Hank Jr. revealed he has a pseudonym, Thunderhead Hawkins. Uncle Kracker included a song titled “Thunderhead Hawkins” on his 2002 album No Stranger to Shame.

Lyrics that reference Hank Jr.:

“You won’t know what to do when you hear Thunderhead sing
Now Mr. Hawkins got a family tree
He got that their legendary cabin down in Tennessee
You know he’ll hook up that guitar everybody gather round
You stay close to the fire when the sun goes down”

3.  “Boys ‘Round Here” – Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton has covered Bocephus a few times in his career and in his song “Boys ‘Round Here”, he sings about putting a Hank Jr. song on the jukebox.

Lyrics that reference Hank Jr.:

“Well the boys ’round here don’t listen to The Beatles
Run ole Bocephus through a jukebox needle
At a honky-tonk, where their boots stomp”

4. “Small Town USA” – Justin Moore

Justin Moore’s song “Small Town USA” was included on his 2009 self-titled album. He references Hank Jr. in the second line of the first chorus. The name changes in the second chorus to David Allan Coe, and to the Lynyrd Skynyrd song “Sweet Home Alabama” in the third.

Lyrics that reference Hank Jr.:

“Give me a Saturday night my baby by my side
A little Hank Jr. and a six pack of lights
Old dirt road and I’ll be just fine”

5.  “Ladies Love Country Boys” – Trace Adkins

This Trace Adkins song was written by Jamey Johnson, a known friend of Hank Jr, as well as Rivers Rutherford and George Teren. It quickly became Adkins’ second No. 1 single and first since his 1997 song “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing”.

Lyrics that reference Hank Jr.:

Or why she’s ridin’ in the middle of a pickup truck
Blarin’ Hank Jr., yellin’, “Turn it up!”
They raised her up a lady
But there’s one thing they couldn’t avoid
Ladies love country boys

6. “Country Must Be Country Wide” – Brantley Gilbert

Country music’s resident bad boy, Brantley Gilbert, loves singing about his country upbringing, which included listening to a lot of Bocephus, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.

Lyrics that reference Hank Jr.:

Country must be country wide
In every state
There’s a station
Playin’ Cash, Hank, Willie, and Waylon
In foreign cars and four wheel drives

7. “Play Something Country” – Brooks and Dunn

Superstar duo Brooks and Dunn’s chart-topping song “Play Something Country” referenced several country music icons including Hank Jr., Patsy Cline and George Strait. They based the song’s central character on Gretchen Wilson, who they were touring with at the time.

They created a “ballsy chick that bursts into the barroom, puts her hand on her hip…and goes, ‘play something country!'” according to SingSnap. Since the character is based on Wilson, they had to include Hank Jr. for more reasons than one.

Lyrics that reference Hank Jr.:

Crank up the band, play the steel guitar.
Hank it up a little, let’s rock this bar.
Threw back a shot; yelled: “I’m a George Strait junkie.
Ha-ooh-hoo, play somethin’ country.
Ha-ooh-hoo, aw, play somethin’ country.”

8. “Jesus and Bocephus” – Kid Rock

Kid Rock and Hank Jr. are very good friends, with the latter being a huge influence on the former. They have collaborated quite a few times, and Kid Rock wanted to write down his feelings towards the country legend in the song “Jesus and Bocephus”.

Lyrics that reference Hank Jr.:

Cuz I’ve got Jesus and Bocephus
They both help me to live my life
I went from Jim Beam, to my bible
With Jesus and Bocephus, right there by my side

9. “Talladega” – Eric Church

When Eric Church was on tour in 2012, he was inspired to write the song when he was watching a NASCAR race on television. Though the song is not actually about racing, it’s about the experience with your friends and knowing that the moment won’t last forever. He references Hank Jr. by first name, Randall, in the song “Talladega.”

Lyrics that reference Hank Jr.:

Rockin’ Randall, gettin’ rowdy,
Shooting roman candles at the man in the moon,
‘Til the Alabama sun was breaking

10. “Crazy Town” – Jason Aldean

Written by Rodney Clawson and Brett Jones for Aldean’s 2009 album Wide Open, he references the legend and his insane guitar skills.

Lyrics that reference Hank Jr.:

Bend those strings till the Hank comes out
Make all the drunk girls scream and shout
We love it, we hate it, we’re all just trying to make it
In this crazy town

What’s your favorite song that references Hank Williams Jr.? Let us know in the comments!