Hank Williams Jr. Warns Fans Of ‘Fake Hanks’ On Social Media

There is only room for the real Hank Williams Jr. on Instagram. Don’t be fooled by any fake accounts that are claiming to be him.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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February 2, 2023

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Country music outlaw Hank Williams Jr. recently took to social media to give his fans a heads-up about the imposter accounts that are being made in his name. 

“There have been a lot of fake Hank pages popping up in the comments on my page. If it isn’t from this page, it isn’t from me,” he began in his statement. “Don’t be fooled into accepting friend requests or replaying to messages from fake Hanks. We will never ask you for personal details or money. And we never send messages to people outside of this page.”

Lastly, Hank Jr. asks that if anyone comes across one of these fake accounts, they report it in order to avoid any further confusion. Chances are, if a user with the famed artists’ name sends you a direct message or requests anything, it is not the real Hank Williams Jr. 

“You can help us by reporting any of these imposters that you see commenting here,” he wrote in the caption.

Several users took to the comment section to show their appreciation for his warning. Others, however, made light of the situation by relating the situation to the lyrics from Hank Jr.’s 1986 song, “My Name Is Bocephus,” which finds him singing, “Now they ain’t real / They ain’t got no scars / They ain’t got no feel why they don’t know / Nothing about whiskey bent and hell bound.”

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Hank Jr.’s Instagram page is generally filled with fun family memories, snapshots of his daily life, and information about his upcoming tour dates. 

A few weeks ago, the Alabama native announced his upcoming stint of shows, which is set to feature special guest Old Crow Medicine Show.

He wrote, “Bocephus is hitting the road this year and bringing along some new rowdy friends. Join me, @crowmedicine and a few more friends this spring and summer.”

Throughout these shows, fans will get the chance to experience his latest set of music live on stage. In 2022, Hank Jr. continued to redefine the boundaries of rock and country music with the release of his chart-topping album, Rich White Honky Blues

Following its June 17 release, the project landed at No. 1 on the Current Country, Americana/Folk and Blues Albums charts, and rose to No. 2 on the Current Rock and Record Label Independent Current Albums charts.

“This is beyond my wildest dreams,” Williams, shared after learning the album debuted at No. 1 across multiple genres. “What a great feeling.” 

Hank Williams Jr. Rich White Honky Blues
Hank Williams Jr. Rich White Honky Blues

With the help of GRAMMY-winning Producer, Dan Auerbach, Hank Jr. crafted a 12-track collection full of live recordings and reprised classics from Robert Johnson, Lightnin’ Hopkins, R.L. Burnside, Muddy Waters, and more.

“If you wanted to play this kind of music, you couldn’t have better players,” explains Auerbach. “The first time I ever saw Hank Jr. on TV, I was a kid raised on Robert Johnson and Hank Williams, Sr. records, and those things came through so clearly watching him. So, I tried to assemble the right parts to just sit in that piece of who he is.”
 
“It’s that rawness, and how real it is. I was always searching for the rawness, the darkest stuff,” he added. “Once we were in it, as soon as we started playing, Hank was invested. That lifted everybody else up, to really push each other.”

Produced by Live Nation, Hank Williams Jr.’s 2023 tour kicks off on Friday May 12th at Tuscaloosa Amphitheater in Tuscaloosa making stops across the U.S. in Tampa, Cincinnati, Irvine and more before wrapping up in Gilford at Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion on Saturday, August 26.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.