NINETY SIX – A pair of local songwriters that had their first song picked up in March will have two more songs debuted next Friday by a Hank Williams Jr. tribute band in Greenville.
Frank Morrow spent years playing music and often times was mistaken for country music legend Hank Williams Jr., better known as Bocephus. After playing at a show that included Nantucket's Tommy Redd in 2008, Frank Morrow was told by Redd that he needed to start a Hank Williams Jr. tribute band. The idea struck a chord and the two men put together All My Rowdy Friends – The Ultimate Hank Williams Jr. Tribute Band in January of 2009.
During the summer of 2012, Ninety Six native Dwayne Moore started writing songs and working with Jeff Sargent to record demos of the songs in what is now known as Mason Jar Studios. The name comes from the title of their first song “Pennies in a Mason Jar.” That track was picked up by The Southern Experience Band and debuted at the Oxygen Lounge in March.
Moore went to North Carolina to see Nantucket play earlier this year and was introduced to Morrow. The two hit it off pretty quick and the two spent some time hanging out.
“He basically heard us and told us he had some songs he would like us to do,” Morrow said. “He sent us the songs and we all liked them so we decided to go with them. He asked us to Hank ‘em up a little bit and we did.”
Those two songs, “I’m Gone” and “Country Summa Cum Laude,” will debut in All My Rowdy Friends’ second set at Chiefs Wings and Firewater, located at 723 Congaree Rd. in Greenville, on Friday June 7.
“It’s pretty exciting to have a band that is as well-known as All My Rowdy Friends pick up the songs,” Moore said. “I’ve always been a big Hank Williams Jr. fan so it was pretty awesome meeting Frank and having them perform some of my songs.”
An All My Rowdy Friends show starts off just like a Hank Williams Jr. show. The band opens up with songs by Bocephus himself, then moves into some cover songs and original songs that you might hear at a Hank Williams Jr. show. The set is wrapped up with more Hank Williams Jr. tunes. The band typically plays 90 minute shows, but will be playing three one hour sets at Chiefs next Friday.
“We put on a show,” Morrow said. “We don’t just play music. Most people leave thinking they’ve been to a Hank Jr. show.”