Drifting Cowboys

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The Drifting Cowboys
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Hank Williams and the Drifting Cowboys performing on WSM
Background information
Genres Country, Honky Tonk
Instruments Guitar
Bass
Steel Guitar
Years active 1939–1953
Past members Steel Guitar, James Porter
Don Helms
Jerry Rivers
Clent Holmes
Herbert "Lum" York
Joe Pennington
Lemuel Curtiss Crysel
Cedric Rainwater
Sammy Pruitt
Grady Martin
Billy Byrd
Jack Drake
Smith Addair
Daniel Jack Boling
Freddy Beach
George Brown
Louis Brown
Hillous Butrum
Lefty Clark
Paul Compton
Curly Corbin
Clyde Criswell
Zeke Crittenden
Richard Paul Dennis, Jr
Allen Dunkin
Willie Harper
Bob McNett

The Drifting Cowboys were the backing group for American music legend Hank Williams. The band went through several lineups during Williams's career, and surviving members of the group continue to tour and make public appearances to this day.

One modern day version of the group, the backing band for William's daughter Jett Williams, was led by original Drifting Cowboys steel guitarist Don Helms and fiddler Jerry Rivers; another version of the group known as "Hank's Drifters" features original Drifting Cowboys members Clent Holmes and Pee Wee Moultrie. Moultrie, Holmes and Helms made many appearances with former Drifting Cowboys bassist Herbert "Lum" York until York's death in 2004.

Former Drifting Cowboys lead guitarist Joe Pennington later became a pioneering Rockabilly artist and continues to tour and record both Country Music and Gospel Music. Former Drifting Cowboy Hillous Butrum later became a successful record producer and pioneer in the field of music videos. Ray Price took over the band after Williams' death for a short time.

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