“Midnight in Montgomery” is a song written by American country music singer Alan Jackson and Don Sampson, and recorded by Jackson. It was released in April 1992 as the fourth single from Jackson’s second album, Don’t Rock the Jukebox. The song peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart (the album’s only single not to top the chart), and number 3 as well on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart.
This song was written about Hank Williams, who was from Montgomery, Alabama. It is a mid-tempo, largely acoustic ballad in the key of D minor.
The singer, while heading to Mobile for a New Year’s Eve show, makes a visit to a Montgomery grave (Williams died on New Year’s Day 1953, and is buried in Montgomery), and encounters the ghost of Williams who thanks him for paying tribute before disappearing. The song also references several Williams hits, including “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” The song ends with the words “Hank’s always singing there”.
From the album Don’t Rock the Jukebox
B-side “Working Class Hero”
Released April 20, 1992
Recorded August 21, 1990
Label Arista 12418
Songwriter(s) Alan Jackson Don Sampson
Producer(s) Scott Hendricks Keith Stegall