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A one minute and 50 second movie trailer for the Arkansas produced movie about the last days of Hank Williams starring Henry Thomas has been released. You may recall the trailer was up on the internet a month or so ago but was quickly taken down over some copyright issues.

Many thanks to ‘timlh’ for alerting me to this new development.

The movie was filmed in Arkansas primarily around Benton in February, March and April of last year. It stars Henry Thomas of ET fame, Jesse James, Kaley ¬†Cuoco, and Fred Thompson. It is directed by Harry Thomason of Mozark Productions. That company is famous for a number of successful TV and movie projects including ‘Designing Women’.

It looks like this version of ‘The Last Ride’ will be the first of a number of Hank Williams movie projects announced over the last couple of years to actually be released. There’s no word whether it will open in theatres or television, or when.

Finally, what so many of you have been waiting for, the actual moving pictures with sound from the Arkansas production of :

The Last Ride starring Henry Thomas as Hank Williams. UPDATE: This link has been taken down. Thanks to commenters on “savingcountrymusic.com” for finding a link in China which I have now taken down.

Here’s the new improved longer You Tube Link which seems to be holding up.

And here are some of the stories about this film that have been posted on this blog.

And here’s the link to the Saving Country Music article.

If anyone has comments about what they see on this new video, please let us know in the comment section below.

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A note from John Wise President of the Hank Williams Fan Club that the dates of the annual Hank Williams Festival in Georgiana Alabama are changing this year.  Instead of the first weekend of June, the Festival is moving ahead to May 19, 20 and 21.

The Fan Club web site has posted a letter from Mike Middleton the Mayor of Georgiana who is also the Chair of the Board of the Hank Williams Boyhood Home and Museum explaining the change to interested parties. He says the Board made the change because one of the weekends in June is not available and the other is Fan Fair in Nashville which creates a conflict with artists schedules.

The Festival website has an order form for purchasing tickets.

This is the 31st annual edition of the Festival which is held on the grounds of the Museum.

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