Justin Timberlake appears to have found a new friend in country star Hank Williams Jr., who says the two hung out recently and discussed topics such as girls, a possible music collaboration ... and turkey hunting.
Williams, 62, had performed a concert in Southhaven, Mississippi on Friday and says the 31-year-old pop star, his fiance and actress Jessica Biel, his mother Lynn and his friend and business partner Trace Ayala "all took in a night of some 'Rockin Randall,'" referring to his nickname. The men chatted backstage.
"What a great guy!" Williams said about Timberlake in a statement to OnTheRedCarpet.com on Tuesday, May 1. "Justin is a friend of my rebel son Kid Rock. He sure is a good country boy. We talked about girls, guitars, turkey hunting, going on cruises and how much we hate them, even though Bobby (Kid Rock) is on one right now and loving it, ugh! Hell, Justin and I even talking about recording a blues song sometime."
Despite a popular urban myth, Detroit native Kid Rock, whose real name is Bob Ritchie, and Williams, who is from Louisiana, are not actually related. The rocker appears on the country star's 2002 song "The F Word," which contains the lyrics: "Now I've been hanging out with my rebel son Mr Rock."
Timberlake, a native of Tennessee, has not commented about his chat with Williams but reTweeted a message posted by Ayala on Friday. It said: "@hankjr thanks for the hospitality to @jtimberlake and I on the bus!!!!!"
Williams, who rose to fame in the 1960s, is known for hits such as "Honky Tonkin,'" "Gonna Go Huntin' Tonight" and the 1984 single "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight." A remix of the latter song was used as the opening song of ESPN's "Monday Night Football" broadcasts from 1989 to October 2011, when it was yanked after Williams' stirred controversy over derogatory comments he made about President Barack Obama.
The singer had said on the Fox News show "Fox & Friends" that Obama and House Speaker Rep. John Boehner playing a golf game was comparable to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu playing one. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, he said, were "the enemy." Williams later said on the ABC morning show "The View": "I guess it's called stepping on the toes of freedom of speech."