New country singer, Cole Bryan Young is quickly working to establish his “country cred” with those mean old farts and jackasses who have been skeptical so far. Cole constantly namedrops great country legends such as Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and whoever else he was influenced by, and now he has some legitimate proof that he was indeed, influenced by them.
Per Cole, “I was told by my lab….er….I mean, read in a history book somewhere that Hank Williams always told his band to do things vanilla, and that’s why he’s been such a big influence on me. I mean after all, how else are you going to make it big at country radio if you AREN’T vanilla? Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, and Chris Young have all made careers…..oh wait, shit, scratch that one. Seriously, don’t write that one down!”
Furthermore, Cole also stated that the themes he often sings about aren’t extremely different from those than the ones Hank sang about in his time on Earth.
“I’ve heard people say that Hank sang about a lot of sad stuff, but I listened to one song of his, “Jambalaya”, and like, he was having a ton of fun partying and stuff. I mean, isn’t that what life is all about? Hanging with friends…that’s where it’s at man. That’s exactly the inspiration for songs of mine like “Truckin’ Good Time”, and especially “Body Like A Dirt Road”…screw you Sam Hunt…just because you got to the idea first… Anyway, I knew I had to check out more of Hank’s stuff…….eventually”.
When asked his opinion on whether or not Hank could have continued to be a star had he not met his tragic end so soon, Cole drew a blank face, sat into space for about forty-five seconds and replied, “I don’t know, 2016 was a real bummer year for celebrity deaths but I mean, he was probably too old for radio to play anyway next to guys like me”.
When asked what his favorite Hank Williams song was, Cole replied that he didn’t know, but that it was *probably* “Country Boy Can Survive”. With a smirk on our interviewer’s face, Cole was also asked what his favorite Hank Williams album was. Cole replied that “he’d have to think about that one” since, “after all, there are just so many to choose from”.