Henry Thomas, the actor best known for his role in ET as a child, who is playing Hank Williams in a Harry Thomason film called ‘The Last Ride’ does have a musical background.
Although, if the movie sticks only to Hank’s last three days on earth, not much singing will be required, but since we haven’t seen the script we don’t know if flashbacks will be used. So I don’t know if Thomas will be required to perform. But the fact that he is a musician might be a hint that there will be some singing required.
According to Wikipedia, Thomas worked with a Texas band called ‘The Blue Heelers’. The group produced an album on their own called ‘Twister’ which was played on radio and given some good reviews in Texas. The band broke up in the late 90’s and since then Thomas has been pursuing some music projects on his own.
One of his songs with the ‘Twisters’ called ‘Truckstop Coffee’ was featured on the soundtrack of the movie which Thomas appeared in called ‘Niagara, Niagara’. Four songs written and performed by Thomas were featured in the movie ‘Honey Baby’ in which Thomas played a singer. Thomas was working on a full album of his songs with Nikki Sudden when the project suddenly ended with her death in 2006.
If you are researching Thomas on the net you will soon learn that the “real” Henry Thomas, as far as music is concerned, was a legendary blues performer from the 20’s and 30′ who was known as Henry ‘Ragtime’ Thomas and is now seen as a blues pioneer. Lots of recordings by him on You Tube which are well worth listening to. Sings and plays in a Robert Johnson style.
I couldn’t find any clips from the modern Henry Thomas on You Tube, but there are 4 or 5 recordings of his own songs, sung by Thomas on his My Space site. I thought the song ‘Good Cause to Grieve”, had a lot of Hank Williams’ elements in it, with a very sincere singing style. Sounds like he is a real fan. Hope you enjoy it.