On Saturday, January 19, The Palace Danbury, located at 165 Main Street, in downtown Danbury, will host the premiere Connecticut screening of the film The Last Ride. The film chronicles the final three days of country music legend’s Hank Williams life and stars Henry Thomas, Jesse James, and Kaley Couco.
Hank Williams was one of the greatest singer-songwriters who ever lived and pretty much invented what we know as country music. At the peak of his career, Williams was acknowledged to be the greatest singer-songwriter in American history. After a meteoric rise to super-stardom in the late 1940s, the man had made a train wreck of his life. Drugs, alcohol, and a hair-trigger temper had ended two marriages, ruined a host of friendships and made the tortured genius an untouchable in the music business.
At the end of 1952, Hank Williams gathered what was left of his physical strength to make things right. He booked New Years shows in West Virginia and Ohio, and hired a local kid who didn’t even own a radio, much less know who this legend was, to drive him there from Montgomery Alabama.
He never got there. Sometime on New Year’s Day, 1953, somewhere on that last highway, the country music legend passed away in the back of his powder blue Cadillac, carrying only his guitar and a notebook full of unfinished songs. He was 29.
The Last Ride’s soundtrack plays an integral role in the telling of this story, containing some of the best-known Hank Williams songs as well as new material written specifically for this project. Performers include Jett Williams (Hank Williams’ daughter), the late Johnny Cas,h and numerous country and gospel artists.
Jett Williams had this to say about the film: “In the movie, my dad doesn’t sing a note or strum a chord. This movie captures the essence of a man who, until recently, had become one-dimensional due to the myths, the lies, the fiction and vultures who surrounded him. Sure, it’s fictionalized from a factual point of view, but it is right on from a human emotional point of view.”
The Last Ride will be screened at The Palace Danbury on Saturday, January 19 at 8pm. Tickets aret $12 in advance and $15 at the door. They can be ordered online at thepalacedanbury.com or purchased at the door the night of the show. The theatre is located at 165 Main Street in downtown Danbury. Free parking is readily available for theatre patrons behind the building. For more information, please call (203)794-994.
To learn more about the The Last Ride, check out the film’s website at thelastridefilm.com.