Hank Williams Jr. rang in 2014 in true honky-tonk fashion with this rocking performance Rick Diamond/Getty Images
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10: Singer-songwriter Hank Williams Jr. performs onstage during 2016 CMA Festival - Day 2 at Nissan Stadium on June 10, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

We’re all familiar with the giant Waterford Crystal ball that makes the 70-foot drop every year at midnight in New York City’s Times Square, but did you know that Atlanta drops a giant peach in honor of Georgia being the Peach State, Miami drops an orange, and Indianapolis drops an Indy car. It’s a giant chile pepper in Los Cruces, New Mexico that counts down the New Year, and Hershey, Pennsylvania drops a giant Kiss. Then, there’s the fine folks of Bangor, Maine who wrap a beach ball in Christmas lights and toss it from the roof of a restaurant down to the town square.

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In Nashville, a beautifully sparkling music note descends to launch a display of fireworks that lights up the downtown sky, sprinkling its glittery spray over the city’s historic lower Broadway, which is the home of some of country music’s most historic honky-tonks.

When it comes to honky-tonks, Hank Williams Jr. knows a thing or two. His famous father’s music is still popular with a lot of the bands providing live music in downtown Nashville. And the junior Hank has adopted that jangly, rockin’ style in his own brand of country music, even covering his dad’s 1948 No. 1 hit, “Honky Tonkin’” and returning it to the top of the charts in 1982.

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In 2013, visitors to Nashville on New Year’s Eve got a special treat when Hank Jr. rang in 2014 with a live performance that featured hit after hit. And among those hits was, of course, “Honky Tonkin’.” So, for the thousands celebrating the New Year country music style, it was, indeed, honky-tonk Heaven.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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