“Are you ready for some foot-baaaaaaaaaaall? A Monday night par …!”

What’s that? You want ol’ Hank to get the party started for Sarah Palin when she makes a campaign stop in Grand Junction? Sure ’nuff.

Hank Williams Jr. is indeed ready to get things started Monday night with all of his rowdy Republican friends who decide to miss the start of the Denver Broncos game against New England to see vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin at Suplizio Field.

Palin probably would have drawn a large, rambunctious crowd without any musical help, but Hank Jr. decided recently to lend a hand to the John McCain presidential campaign. The country music icon reworked his song “Family Tradition” with new lyrics for “McCain-Palin Tradition,” and he hit the road with the campaign tour.

“About a week, week and a half, two weeks, he’s been helping the campaign,” said Tom Kise, the McCain-Palin campaign’s regional communications director for the South Central region. “Hank Williams has been actively helping out, and he’s going to be at all three stops Monday in Colorado.”

Before arriving in Grand Junction for her 6 p.m. speech, Palin will visit Colorado Springs and Loveland on Monday.

Williams had a long list of country music hits in the 1970s and 1980s, but he’s likely more famous among younger football fans for opening “Monday Night Football” with “Are You Ready For Some Football?”

The song, a reworking of his 1984 hit “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,” has kicked off “Monday Night Football” since 1989.

Kise said Williams would open Monday’s festivities in Grand Junction with several songs, but he couldn’t say for sure how many.

He didn’t know, either, whether McCain is a big fan of Williams’ music.

However, Williams “may be moving up in his book, that’s for sure,” Kise said. “We’re happy to have him on board. He’s a true American icon.”


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