ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Standing on a makeshift football field atop a soundstage in the middle of flashing lights, dancing cheerleaders and screaming fans, Hank Williams, Jr. lifted his cowboy hat and belted out the words that for more than 20 years have become synonymous with the start of the NFL season.
Hank Williams, Jr., the man who popularized the lyrics "Are you ready for some football?" was in Florida on Thursday recording the opening promo an upcoming season that, right now at least, is still in limbo, with owners and players trying to strike a new labor deal.
Fans of Hank Williams will be able to get their hands on rare Hank recordings when Time Life and the Estate of Hank Williams release Hank Williams: The Legend Begins. The 3-CD package of newly-discovered historic Hank recordings have been restored with state of the art technology to sound as they first did more than 60 years ago. The first CD includes the earliest recordings of Hank at age 15 and four songs from a home recording session in 1940. The other two CDs are from Hank’s syndicated radio show in 1949, The Health And Happiness Show.