Country music has been described as "three chords and the truth," unlike the blues, which is known as "12 bars full of premeditated lies." Hear some honesty with this GrouponLive deal.
- $50 for two tickets to see Hank Williams, Jr. (up to $90 value)
- When: Saturday, May 17, at 6 p.m.
- Where: Sam Houston Race Park
- Section: general admission
- Door time: 5 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
Hank Williams, Jr.
- Hank Williams, Jr.'s age when he first played the Grand Ole Opry: 11
- Hank Williams, Jr.'s sound: a fusion of southern rock, blues, and outlaw country
- Why is it called outlaw country?: Rooted more in rock 'n' roll and the blues, outlaw country was created as an alternative to the Nashville Sound, which was viewed by many musicians as being watered-down twang. The genre is also noted for the grittier subject matter of its songs, which often focus on drinking, tumultuous romance, and smuggling dodo eggs across the state line.
- What instruments does Hank Williams, Jr. play?: Guitar, bass guitar, upright bass, steel guitar, banjo, keyboards, harmonica, fiddle, saxophone, dobro, drums, and piano
- How many times has he won Entertainer of the Year?: Five—three times from the Academy of Country Music and twice from the Country Music Association
- What was the widely reported turning point in his life?: A near-fatal mountain fall in which "every single one of those [facial] bones was broken—every single one."
- Because of this, he's usually not seen without: a beard, hat, pair of sunglasses, one can of bigfoot repellant
- Hits you may hear: "Born to Boogie," "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound," "All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)," and "Good Friends, Good Whiskey, Good Lovin'"
- Who was the senior to Hank Williams' junior?: Legendary country singer Hank Williams, who was known for his hits "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Hey, Good Lookin'," and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"
- Who's the third to Hank Williams' junior?: Outlaw country torchbearer Hank Williams III
Sam Houston Race Park
Sam Houston Race Park's multifunctional grounds crawl with up to 30,000 spectators reveling amid horseraces, concerts, and private events. Quarter Horses, Thoroughbreds, and Arabians kick up dust as jockeys maneuver them around the course, cheered on by race fans placing bets based on their stats, the weather, and the size of the horse's toupee. Spectators can also watch and wager on races outside the park's grounds, as monitors air simulcasts of the big races, including the Arlington Classic Stakes and Los Angeles Handicap. In two restaurants under the supervision of executive chef Hugo Gomez, the racetrack treats guests to panoramic views of the competition as they dine on seafood, gourmet pastas, and brunch fare. Guests may also entertain from 15 up to 100 friends, employees, or colleagues in luxury suites equipped with a private bar and an in-room centaur butler.