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Sheridan Arts Foundation: The Last Ride: A Story of Hank Williams

For Immediate Release May 17, 2012 The Sheridan Arts Foundation presents “The Last Ride: A Story of Hank Williams” June 9, 4 & 7 p.m., doors at 3:30 & 6:30 p.m. Sheridan Opera House General Admission $10, movie rated PG-13 On June 9, when Heritage Fest is wrapping up and inner-city youth from Boys and Girls Clubs of America are finishing their week-long visit to Telluride during the 21st annual Wild West Fest head on over to the Sheridan Opera House for a back-to-back sneak-peak screening of the independent film “The Last Ride: A Story of Hank Williams.” “The Last Ride” is rated PG-13 and will screen at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission. Before the film debuts later this summer, it is touring historic theaters throughout the United States. Proceeds benefit the Sheridan Arts Foundation, the 501(c)3 non-profit that owns and operates the historic Sheridan Opera House. “The Last Ride” documents Hank William, the pioneer of country music, at the end of his short life. Williams pioneered and pretty much invented what we know today as country music. At the peak of his career, he was acknowledged as the greatest singer-songwriter in American history, and he was only in his 20s. After a meteoric rise to record and radio super-stardom in the late 1940s, Williams had made a train wreck of his life. Drugs, alcohol and a hair-trigger temper had ended two marriages, ruined a host of friendships and made the tortured genius a virtual untouchable in the music business. At the end of 1952 Williams gathered what was left of his physical strength to make things right and began the long road back to the top. He booked New Year’s shows in West Virginia and Ohio and hired a local kid who didn’t even own a radio, much less know who this legend was, to drive him to the gigs from Montgomery, Alabama. Williams never got to those shows. Somewhere on that last highway, the music legend passed away on New Years Day, 1953, in the back of his powder blue Cadillac, carrying only his guitar and a notebook full of unfinished songs. He was 29. “The Last Ride” is inspired by those mysterious final days and takes the viewers inside the heart of a man who knows he’s dying and a dreamless boy whose fate seems already determined. The film stars Henry Thomas, Jesse James, Kaley Cuoco, of “The Big Bang Theory,” Fred Dalton Thompson, Stephen Tobalosky and Ray McKinnon. Tickets are available online at or at the door. Tickets are $10 general admission. For more information visit or call 728-6363 ext. 3. Media Contact: Kathrine Warren PR/Marketing Director Sheridan Arts Foundation 970-728-6363 ext. 3 The Sheridan Arts Foundation was founded in 1991 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization to preserve the historic Sheridan Opera House as an arts and cultural resource for the Telluride community, to bring quality arts and cultural events to Telluride and to provide local and national youth with access and exposure to the arts through education. The Sheridan Arts Foundation is sponsored in part by grants from the Telluride Foundation, CCAASE and CCI.