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Hank Williams Jr

Celebrating 50 Years of Concerts at the WVU Coliseum
March 2, 1986

Hank Williams Jr.
with Special Guest Lacy J. Dalton

Copy of a 1986 newspaper ad promoting the Hank Williams Jr and Lacy J Dalton concert
SHOW DATE: Sunday, March 2, 1986 • 7:00pm
On March 2, 1986, Hank Jr. made the first of what would turn out to be four appearances at the WVU Coliseum. In the early 1980s, Hank Williams Jr. catapulted to full-on superstar status, with major hits, including “Texas Women,” “Dixie On My Mind,” “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down),” and in 1984, “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,” a party anthem featuring a riotous video that starred Bocephus in conjunction with stars from inside (Merle Kilgore, Porter Wagoner, Kris Kristofferson, etc.) and outside (Cheech and Chong) country music. His star power was on full display in front of the 8,650 country music fans who packed the Coliseum that night.

Singer/songwriter Lacy J. Dalton opened for Hank Williams Jr. that night. Dalton is known for her gritty, powerful vocals, so much so that "People" magazine dubbed her "country's Bonnie Raitt." Her stage shows truly electrified audiences, making her one of the few women who could successfully open a show for Hank Jr, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard or Charlie Daniels. Her signature hit "16th Avenue" became the anthem for Nashville songwriters.
Lacy J Dalton singing