Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

August 22, 2013

Petty returning to CCP Sept. 1


CROSSVILLE — New York’s Off Broadway “Obie” award winner Jason Petty will return to the Cumberland County Playhouse Sept. 1 with his nostalgic look at Hank Williams and his influence on country music titled Hank and My Honky Talk Heroes.

Petty pays tribute to those who influenced Hank and those Hank himself influenced including Jimmie Rodgers, Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubb, George Jones, the Carter family and more. Music fans won’t want to miss his performance as he brings Hank’s music back to life in this insightful and energetic show.

He made a striking impression on New York’s Theatre District, starring in Hank Williams: Lost Highway, which played too sold-out audiences at the Little Shubert Theater. Petty won rave reviews from all the major critics, including the New York Times, Variety and Rolling Stone. The New York Post stated it best: “At times it seems as if Petty is not just offering an impersonation of Williams, but channeling his ghost.” Petty’s brilliant performance was honored with an Obie Award for Outstanding Actor.

Petty re-creates the role he has become famous for in a show like no other. Here are just a few of the titles he includes in this fantastic tribute: “Hey Good Lookin’,” “I Can’t Help It if I’m Still in Love With You,” “Jambalaya,” “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and “Your Cheatin’ Heart.” Showtime will be 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 484-5000 or by visiting their website at

Hank and My Honky Talk Heroes is sponsored by BB&T and Legge Insurance.

Currently onstage at the Playhouse are Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, rated PG, sponsored by Stonehaus Winery through Oct. 19; and The King and I, rated G, sponsored by Holiday Inn Express/Comfort Suites/Hampton Inn through Aug. 30. To Kill a Mockingbird, rated PG, and sponsored by Kenneth and Carol Ann Chadwell/Looney, Looney and Chadwell, PLLC, plays on the Mainstage Sept. 6 through Nov. 3.

All CCP productions are made possible through sponsor support, with additional support provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.