“Family Tradition” is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Hank Williams Jr. It was released in May 1979 as the fourth and final single and title track from his album of the same name. It peaked at No. 4, and is one of his most popular songs. It has sold 909,000 digital copies as of April 2016.
The song is a Williams’ statement of rebellion, not only in his lifestyle and living out the lyrics of his songs, but of his musical identity and direction. Taking off on the point of his father, the younger Williams notes that the hard-living lifestyle is a “family tradition,” referring to the alcohol and drug use that became associated with his personal life.
From the album Family Tradition
B-side “Paying on Time”
Released May 28, 1979
Genre Country, country rock
Songwriter(s) Hank Williams Jr.
Producer(s) Jimmy Bowen