The first show slated for the Ironstone Amphitheatre outside Murphys has been announced, and country music fans should be excited. Hank Williams Jr. and the Moonshine Bandits take the stage at 7 p.m. Aug. 4.
“We are thrilled to have our first show announcement of the year be the legendary Hank Williams Jr.!” said Billy Cohen, spokesman for the Richter Entertainment Group, which books the annual series of concerts at the winery.
Williams’ resume includes 70 million albums sold worldwide, six Platinum albums, 20 Gold albums, 13 No. 1 albums and 10 No. 1 singles. And at 52 years since the release of his first album in 1964, he released “It’s About Time” on Jan. 15.
Football fans are familiar with Williams’ “All My Rowdy Friends are Coming Over Tonight,” which was reworked for “Monday Night Football” as “All My Rowdy Friends are Here on Monday Night.” The son of legendary Hank Williams, Williams Jr. eventually jettisoned his early sound, which replicated his father, and he developed his own sound, which blends country music and Southern rock sensibilities.
“We are also thrilled to welcome to Ironstone for the first time, from right here in Northern California, Moonshine Bandits,” Cohen said.
“Long before people figured out country and rap had a lot in common, the Moonshine Bandits released their genre-blending album ‘Whiskey & Women,’ and took the world of outlaw music by storm,” a release stated. “The group’s blue-collar work ethic and unwavering persistence has led to over 60 million views on the ShinerTV YouTube channel – collectively over 80 million views on YouTube – while their video for ‘My Kind of Country’ peaked at No. 1 on CMT Pure.”
“This is going to be an outstanding night of Outlaw Country music,” Cohen said.
Tickets for the show are priced from $55 to $275 (or $475 for a meet-and-greet ticket) at ironstoneamphitheatre.net.