Hank Thompson, the western-swing and country-music icon who spent several years of his life as a Sand Springs resident, will be celebrated August 29th with a show and dance from his longtime band, the Brazos Valley Boys, at Tulsa's Cain's Ballroom. Advance tickets for the 5 p.m. event are now on sale at www.cainsballroom.com. The Brazos Valley Boys will also be celebrating the release of their new disc Swingin’ Our Way at Cain’s.
Beginning in 1948 with his first major single, “Humpty Dumpty Heart,” Thompson went on to chart singles and albums in five straight decades, selling more than 60 million records and becoming a long-lived touring act. His Brazos Valley Boys were named Top Country & Western Band by Billboard magazine for an unprecedented 14 years.
Thompson passed away in 2007 at the age of 82. The Brazos Valley Boys, however, have continued to perform the innovative brand of western swing made famous by their leader.
“Hank told me several times he wanted me to keep the Brazos Valley Boys going, and to keep the quality of the music high,” says Morey Sullivan, Thompson's longtime bandleader. “That's exactly what we're doing.”