Wilson isn’t going out on tour with Bocephus, but a whole bunch of MusikMafia members are. Gretchen, Big & Rich and Cowboy Troy are the best-known graduates of the consortium – a group of square-peg songwriters who’d get together every Tuesday night at a Nashville club.

But there’s plenty more who will be making names for themselves and Williams is going to show them off: James Otto, Jon Nicholson, Shannon Lawson, Chance and Mista D. A painter, Rachel Kice, will do artwork during the shows, capturing what’s onstage and in the audience.

There’s a reason why Hank Williams’ son is taking these folks on the road – they share a love for fun country music.

“My music fits the blend of what MusikMafia is: a little blues, a little rock ‘n’ roll, and a whole lot of country,” Bocephus said.

Dates are scheduled for Detroit, Columbus, Cincinnati and Birmingham. Big & Rich and Cowboy Troy are expected to perform alongside Williams as part of the country Thunder in Twin Lakes, Wis., July 23.