Hank Williams tribute appeals to loss, hardship

Don't go "Settin' the Woods on Fire," but instead travel down that "Lonesome Road" while "Howlin' at the Moon." Next week on Saturday, July 18, Lonely Street Productions will present "Your Cheatin' Heart - A Salute to Hank Williams Sr. and Early Country Classics" at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center.

The show's featured vocalist and lead guitar player, Alex Mack, has been described as a Hank Williams Sr. aficionado. Mack said that he loves the relevant quality of Williams' obscure songs, mentioning that his favorite song to perform is always changing.

"It depends on my voice," Mack said. "But I really like 'Lost Highway.' It's his most beautiful song... I love the lyrics."

And though Mack said experiencing Williams is going to be different due to the singer being a part of a generation of music from before his grandparents, Mack said that he enjoys performing as him because of his continuing relevance. He said that Williams' work is still great quality.

And with every show produced by Lonely Street, this tribute to Hank Williams Sr. and early country classics seeks to evoke a nostalgic feel in its audience. Mack said that the music appeals to anyone who has had loss or hardship in their lives.

"You have somebody that understands you and is timeless," he said, adding that he is excited to be able to perform the show in Prescott. The show also includes songs by other country stars such as Jimmie Rodgers, Roy Acuff and The Carter Family.

"Your Cheatin' Heart - A Salute to Hank Williams Sr. and Early Country Classics" will be at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St., on Saturday, July 18, and the crooning will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $30 for opera box seats and can be purchased online at www.prescottelkstheater.com or by calling the box office at 928-777-1370. Tickets are also available at the door one hour prior to the performance.

For more information, visit www.prescottelkstheater.com

- by Jason Wheeler. Follow him on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.