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Hank Williams Jr. talks name-dropping Nicki Minaj, not knowing Chris Stapleton, Confederate flag merchandise and more



Considering all the acclaim Chris Stapleton earned for his raw, revealing breakout album Traveller, you'd think the man touring amphitheaters with him this summer would jump at the chance to lob a few attaboys his way.

Well, that man happens to be Hank Williams Jr., the hell-raising country outlaw who has long since run out of flying flips to give the world. And he ain't lining up to lick Stapleton's boots just yet.

"Well, I haven't heard the album," Williams wrote in an email. "I don't listen to much radio, so if it somebody that I don't know, I probably don't know their music either."

And he really doesn't know Stapleton? The reigning CMA Award winner for Best Male Vocalist and Grammy winner for Best Country Album?

"I have not worked with Chris in the past, nor do I remember ever meeting him," Williams wrote. "I always ask any of the artists that open up if they know Family Tradition, since that's my last song in the set, and if they do, I normally ask them to come on out and take a verse and have fun. When that song is done, I am gone. Headed right for the plane to head home."

Williams and Stapleton are playing eight shows together this month, starting Friday at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. Click here for details.

For our full interview with Hank Williams Jr., click here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 1:52pm]


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