The New Year’s Hank-O-Rama is a musical tribute to Hank Williams hosted every year since 2004 by The Lonesome Prairie Dogs on the anniversary of Hank’s death, Jan. 1, 1953.
The 14th annual Hank-O, the first at Joe’s Pub (and the first not held on Jan. 1), will include a re-creation of his morning radio show sponsored by Mother’s Best Flour, featuring Luke Lonesome as Hank, Tammy Faye Starlite as his wife Audrey Williams and Lenny Kaye as Don Helms, pedal steel guitarist for Hank’s band, the Driftin’ Cowboys.
In keeping with Hank-O-Rama tradition, the second half of the show will be a more freewheeling segment including The Lonesome Horns and other special guests.
The Lonesome Prairie Dogs are among the most enduring members of the NYC and Brooklyn country music scenes, who helped establish the Johnny Cash Birthday Bash and were early participants in the Brooklyn Country Music Festival, two other annual events that are still going strong. In 2004, the LPDs founded the Hank-O-Rama to pay tribute to country music’s greatest artist, who died at age 29 in the back of his Cadillac en route to a New Year’s Day gig in Canton, Ohio.
Tammy Faye Starlite is a singer and performance artist whose numerous works include the critically acclaimed, “Nico: Underground,” a tribute the iconic German chanteuse, and “Rated X,” a celebration of country icon Loretta Lynn that first brought Tammy together with Lenny Kaye and The Lonesome Prairie Dogs at Joe’s Pub in 2014.
Lenny Kaye is a guitarist, songwriter, producer and journalist, known —among many other things — for his compilation of the Nuggets garage rock collection, his “autobiography” of Waylon Jennings, and his longtime collaboration with Patti Smith.