Hank Williams, Jr. - “Family Tradition” (5.25MB mp3 file)
I was born and raised in Georgia, and after my parents split up when I was 3, I spent the school year in Atlanta and entire summers in Savannah with my extended family. (Although that extended family is very tiny — I never knew my real dad’s relatives, so I have one set of grandparents, one uncle, one aunt, and one cousin.)
My uncle — my mom’s only brother — is a huge Bocephus fan, and even looks just like him, albeit with red hair/beard. (My uncle, a self-proclaimed redneck, is also about 6’4” and, like, 240 pounds, pure linebacker-style, and while he looks like someone you would never want to cross in a dark alley, he couldn’t be a sweeter guy.) He took me to see Hank Williams Jr. play at the Savannah Civic Center when I was in fourth or fifth grade, and honestly it was kind of cool — Hank can play almost every instrument ever invented, which was impressive.
This song is the soundtrack to hanging out in my aunt and uncle’s one-car garage that they converted to a game room, watching with my younger cousin as they played darts and drank cheap beer.