Sam Williams — grandson of Hank Williams and son of Hank Jr. — has come out as a gay man in the emotional video for his son “Tilted Crown” and in a recent appearance on Apple Music’s Proud Radio with Hunter Kelly. (Watch the video below.) The song is on Williams’ recently-released album, Glasshouse Children: Tilted Crown, which is an expanded version of his debut album from 2021, Glasshouse Children.
The video shows a man dressed to look a lot like Sam’s father, C&W rebel Hank Williams Jr. with his aviator sunglasses, long hair and beard and cowboy hat, pushing a boy to be more masculine and to focus on music rather than playing fantasy dress-up games and playing with his sister.
But Sam Williams stressed that, despite the resemblance, the video does not reflect his experience growing up with his own father.
Sam told Hunter Kelly, “My relationship with my dad wasn’t really like that at all. He didn’t push me to be in music. He pushed me to go hunting, I do have to give him that.