Chris Phillips performed various Hank Williams hits during the Horizons program Monday. | Laura Pemberton

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Horizons program highlights country music legend

Published 12:37pm Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Chris Phillips played to a packed room Monday.

Phillips presented “The Enduring Legacy of Hank Williams: He Wrote the Songs” as part of the six-week Horizons Unlimited Series.

Phillips explained the history of Williams, a legendary country singer and songwriter born in Georgiana, Ala., in 1923, and performed some of Williams’ most notable hits.

“Hank’s influence reaches beyond country music,” Phillips said. “He changed American popular music. For songwriters of style who want to tell an honest story, Hank Williams is the model.”

Phillips shed light on the mysterious career and troubled life of the singer who died at age 29.

“Hank Williams was not a great man by any standard, but he was a great artist,” Phillips said. “His early death made him a legend and gave him a heroic, mythical kind of status.”

The next program in the Horizons Unlimited series will be “The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera” given by Hardy Jackson Monday, Feb. 25.

Horizon programs seek to broaden the community’s knowledge and meet at 1 p.m. at the Alexander City Board of Education building at 375 Lee Street.