Bocephus is Back
Hank Williams, Jr. returns to Monday Night Football after a three-year absence
Interview by Casey Hilder
Often controversial and always memorable, country music superstar Hank Williams, Jr. will make his return to Monday Night Football this September to reprise the iconic, foot-stomping classic theme “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night.” This time, however, he’s not alone. This year, “Bocephus” is joined by pop-country duo Florida Georgia Line and hip-hop performer Jason Derulo for a new spin on Hank’s old tune, which debuted nearly 30 years ago. From his favorite up-and-coming artists to the changing times that led to a new football anthem, Williams shares his hopes for the season and more in this month’s featured interview.
Click Magazine: What can we expect from “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Monday Night,” the new anthem of Monday Night Football?
Hank Williams, Jr.: Well, it will be a little different than what I have done in the past. I have Florida Georgia Line and Jason Derulo joining me for a special rendition of what we all know as “Are You Ready For Some Football.” You will have to watch and see what it is.
CM: What was it like working alongside Jason Derulo and Florida Georgia Line? Did any of your ways rub off on them, or vice-versa?
HW: You know we only spent about 6 hours together filming the opening, so there wasn’t much time for that to happen.
CM: Your most recent album, It’s About Time, featured collaborations with Eric Church and Brantley Gilbert. Are there any other up-and-coming country musicians who have found their way onto your playlist?
HW: Playlist? I don’t have a playlist. I do like Chris Janson, Justin Moore, Chris Stapleton and a few others, but I am not really into listening to the radio to hear who is hot and what is new. I have seen these guys as we have done shows together.
CM: You appeared as the “7th man” at a big game for the Nashville Predators hockey team. Thoughts on their big season?
HW: It was a special time for both Nashville and for the Predators. You might know, my agent Greg Oswald is a big fan and asked me if I wanted to do it, so I said yes, ‘cause I knew he would have a lot of fun with it. And we all did. It was a great game and Nashville won that night.
CM: What’s next for Bocephus outside of football?
HW: I have some shows this year and lots of hunting and fishing in my future!