Hank Williams tribute at Gayville Hall March 31

Hank Williams tribute at Gayville Hall March 31
Gayville Hall presents"A Celebration of Hank Williams," starring John and Susan McNeill, Owen DeJong, and Nick Schwebach, on Saturday, March 31, at 8 p.m. in Gayville.

The show was created by John McNeill six years ago after Gayville Hall's first three concerts, which consisted of jazz, dixieland, and pop music, failed to draw large enough crowds to sustain the fledgling music hall.

McNeill told Gayville Hall proprietor Doug Sharples to stage a Hank Williams tribute, and the rest is history, according to Sharples. Gayville Hall had to turn away customers and has since presented the show more than a dozen times in Gayville and on the road.

McNeill, who has added new songs to the show, sings many of the those tunes and plays drums, guitar and harmonica. His wife Susan sings and plays bass.

Schwebach, a founder of the band Poker Alice, plays lead and steel guitars and handles honky-tonk vocals in the tribute. DeJong, who holds a master's degree in violin performance, plays fiddle.

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