“CMT GIANTS: HANK WILLIAMS JR.” PREMIERING SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17 AT 9:00 P.M. ET/PT

10/30/07

Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Steven Tyler, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Kid Rock, Gretchen Wilson, Shooter Jennings, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Buddy Guy and Holly Williams

All Pay Tribute to Bocephus By Performing His Hit Songs


HANK WILLIAMS JR. AND HIS ROWDY FRIENDS
DELIVER AN EXPLOSIVE NIGHT OF MUSIC FOR
NASHVILLE – October 29, 2007 – Hank Williams Jr. joined the elite realm of CMT GIANTS last Thursday night in Los Angeles when some of music’s biggest stars and thousands of fans paid him tribute during the taping of CMT GIANTS: HANK WILLIAMS JR, which will premiere on Saturday, November 17 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT. For downloadable images from CMT GIANTS: HANK WILLIAMS JR, please visit www.cmtpress.com.

The night kicked off in style with a pyro-heavy set from Kid Rock who sang “My Name Is Bocephus,” and ended with a special performance by the honoree himself. In between, superstars such as Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Steven Tyler, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Kid Rock, Gretchen Wilson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Buddy Guy all performed their favorite Hank tunes, while Shooter Jennings and Hank’s daughter Holly sang the duet, “The Conversation,” which was originally recorded by Hank and Shooter’s father, Waylon Jennings.

Many of the performers also served as presenters sharing their favorite Bocephus memories, along with NFL great Terry Bradshaw, Johnny Knoxville (who gave Hank an authentic jug of moonshine) and Jessica Simpson. Stars such as Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Dierks Bentley, Jimmy Kimmel, John Madden, Al Michaels, ESPN’s Monday Night Football commentators, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and more also congratulated Hank on his GIANTS distinction via taped packages.

CMT GIANTS: HANK WILLIAMS JR will encore on Sunday, November 18 at 2:00 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.; Monday, November 19 at 9:00 p.m.; Wednesday, November 21 at 6:00 p.m.; Thursday, November 22 (Thanksgiving Day) at 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. All times are ET/PT.

CMT GIANTS is produced by Tom Forrest and Taillight TV. John Hamlin and Margaret Comeaux serve as executive producers for CMT.

Visit CMT's press-only Web site www.cmtpress.com for more information and downloadable photos from CMT GIANTS: HANK WILLIAMS JR.

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