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Robbie Limon's Hank Williams tribute show comes to Pa.

April 21, 2012|By AMY DULEBOHN | amyc@herald-mail.com
  • Robbie Limon will perform in "Lovesick Blues: The Life and Music of Hank Williams Sr.," Sunday, April 29, at Greencastle-Antrim High School.
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GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Editor's note: In the original version of this story, information about the two Hank Williams shows performed by Robbie Limon was incorrect. Limon performed in “Lost Highway: The Life and Legend of Hank Williams Sr.,” in 2011 at Totem Pole Playhouse. He will bring "Lovesick Blues: The Life and Music of Hank Williams Sr.," to the Greencastle-Antrim High School auditorium Sunday, April 29.

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — When Robbie Limon was about 12 years old, he picked up a ukulele his dad had laying around their Prince George's County, Md., home, and started tinkering with it.

Later, his parents bought him an electric guitar, and his passion for music was ignited.

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"I listened to records and the radio constantly. Then I got in bands. I never stopped. It just settled into my bones," he said during a recent telephone interview.

And as Limon developed his artistic talent, he didn't limit himself to style or genre. He said he learned to copy the tonal quality of other musicians because, "I thought that's how you were supposed to sound like them," he said.

Limon will bring "Lovesick Blues: The Life and Music of Hank Williams Sr.," to the Greencastle-Antrim High School auditorium at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29. The show is a fundraiser for the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce.

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“Lovesick Blues,” written by Limon and Ken Wissmann, includes 20 songs wrapped around biographical events in the life of country music singer Williams, who died in 1953 at age 29.

Limon said he started performing as Williams about eight years ago, when he was approached by a board member from Wayside Theatre about acting as Williams in a production at the Middletown, Va., theater, which is where Limon is based. Before that, “I’d never seen live theater or set foot on the stage,” he said.
The off-Broadway show, “Lost Highway: The Life and Legend of Hank Williams Sr.,” also had a successful run last summer at Totem Pole Playhouse in Fayetteville, Pa.

Not only did Limon have to learn to yodel to perform as Williams, but he also had to learn to act.

“I had my bumps along the way .... I remember being very frustrated because I couldn’t remember lines and things like that, but actually I got tips from other actors and got some clues into how to deal with that, how to help yourself. I’ve learned a lot and its a lot of fun,” he said.

After the success of “Lost Highway,” Limon said he started getting requests to bring the show to other venues, which is how “Lovesick Blues,” was born. “I came up with another (show). And now we are free to go in and do it ourselves,” he said.

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