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Hank Williams, Jr. revealed plans for his next album on Thursday – less than 24 hours after news broke of the death of his wife, Mary Jane Thomas.
Thomas died unexpectedly Tuesday in Jupiter, Florida, possibly from a blood clot following a medical procedure, and the news broke Wednesday afternoon. Williams has not commented on his wife’s passing in over 30 years. But the couple’s son, Sam Williams, called his mother “a beautiful soul who forever marked everyone who knew her”.
“She had a smile and a presence that lit up every room, and she never met a stranger she hadn’t befriended,” Sam Williams said. “His spirit was gentle and generous. She could earn ten points and cook her grandchildren’s dinner at the same time! »
He concluded: “Rest in peace mum, I will always be Mary Jane’s son.”
The press release announcing the album said Williams was considering delaying the announcement, but the family believe the music provides solace in the most difficult times.
Williams’ new album “Rich White Honky Blues” will be available June 17.
Produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, the 12-song album was recorded in three days.
“The blues is where it all comes from,” Williams said in a statement. “It’s the beginning of everything musical in my family; it all starts with Tee-Tot and flows from there. I’ve always flirted with that stripped down blues, since the 80s. But I finally made an album that’s just that, and I like that.