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Hank III

As the grandson of Hank Williams and the son of Hank Jr., Hank Williams III was country music royalty before he ever sang a note. But he didn't immediately follow his forebears musically, choosing instead to bang around the Southeast, playing drums in punk and hardcore combos and smoking prodigious amounts of weed before he began pursuing a career in country music. It was the outlaw spirit of his lineage, alive and unwell and floating in the bong water, and he earned a reputation as one of Nashville's biggest rebels, more than living up to his lineage.

Shelton Hank Williams III was born December 12, 1972, in Nashville, Tennessee. Williams lived the life of a nomadic punk rocker early on, but that changed when a court settlement decreed that Hank owned a large backlog of child support, and the judge instructed Hank to find more reliable employment. Circumstances forced Hank III onto to the straight and narrow, and in 1996 he signed a contract with Music City giant Curb. The label issued Three Hanks: Men with Broken Hearts, which brought the voices of all three generations of Williams men together via the ghastly miracles of modern technology. It was about as far from what Hank III wanted as he could get and signaled the beginning of his stormy relationship with Curb.

Williams was in a tight spot. While his name, face, and uncanny vocal resemblance to his grandfather almost guaranteed him a thriving country audience, he had no patience for Nashville's squareness and rigid control. Hank and his Damn Band could wow a crowd with a spot-on set of gorgeous country balladry and spirited honky tonk. But III could just as easily shift gears into screeching Black Flag-style punk rock with his hard-rocking combo Assjack. He was the kind of anomaly enormous record companies couldn't stand -- eminently marketable, yet defiantly unpredictable.

Curb issued Hank III's proper debut in September 1999. Entitled Risin' Outlaw, it presented 13 rough-hewn country numbers colored by III's honky tonking vocals. And while he played his share of "country" gigs to support it, Williams also appeared at the 2001 Vans Warped Tour alongside punks like Rancid. The irascible III also dismissed Outlaw as a label-controlled fiasco almost immediately after its release. After a few years of touring and trying like mad to be released from his Curb contract, III returned to wax in early 2002 with Lovesick, Broke & Driftin'. While Outlaw had featured material from outside writers, the new LP was all Hank III but for a previously released cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City." He also produced, recorded, and mixed it by his lonesome in just two weeks.

At this point, Hank III's relationship with Curb became even more strained. The label refused to release his appropriately named This Ain't Country LP, which featured songs like "Life of Sin" and "Hellbilly." At the same time, Curb refused to grant Hank III the rights to issue it on his own. He and the record company reached an impasse, which III only exacerbated with the "F*** Curb" T-shirts he sold through his thriving website. Thrown Out of the Bar, his third honky tonk album, was scheduled for release in 2003, as was the long-awaited This Ain't Country. Additionally, Hank III issued extremely limited-edition releases through his website (often in quantities of 100 or less) and continued to play bass in Superjoint Ritual, the brutal side project of Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo.

The double-disc Straight to Hell was released in March 2006 on Bruc Records (Curb's attempt to disguise their participation in the album). The first CD contained songs with elements of traditional country warped to fit Hank III's rebel attitude, while the second disc boasted only one song that featured just III, his guitar, ambient noises, and a slight story that those coming down from drugs might enjoy. Ever in the outlaw mode, Hank III released Damn Right, Rebel Proud in 2008. His fourth and supposedly final album for Curb, The Rebel Within, followed in the spring of 2010. And in a move that hardly pleased Hank III, Curb next repackaged This Ain't Country, the oft-bootlegged project that started the acrimony between III and the label in the first place, with additional unreleased material thrown in, as Hillbilly Joker in 2011.

In the fall of 2011, Williams announced he was forming his own label, Hank3 Records, and launched the imprint with three albums released at the same time: A Ghost to a Ghost/Guttertown, a two-disc set of raw country tunes; a doom metal set called Attention Deficit Domination; and Cattle Callin, credited to 3 Bar Ranch, which married recordings of cattle auctioneers with speed metal tracks. III was still touring in support of his new albums when Curb managed to get an eighth album out of a lapsed six-album contract by releasing another set of previously unreleased material, Long Gone Daddy (mostly outtakes from 1999's Risin' Outlaw and 2002's Lovesick, Broke & Driftin') in the spring of 2012. In October 2013, Hank III released another pair of albums through his own label, the two-disc country album Brothers of the 4X4, alongside the hardcore cowpunk release A Fiendish Threat.

Curb Records, meanwhile, continued to keep ill will flowing between themselves and their former artist; Ramblin' Man, a 27-minute album of country-oriented tracks Hank III primarily recorded for various tribute albums, was released in the spring of 2014, and a year later Curb (using the Bruc alias) dropped a punk and metal-leaning set, Take as Needed for Pain, which was similarly pieced together from tribute albums and studio outtakes. As he had done with Curb's previous post-contract albums, Hank III encouraged his fans not to buy the albums in messages on his website and social media accounts, suggesting they burn copies borrowed from friends instead. ~ Johnny Loftus & Steve Leggett, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Brothers Of The 4x4

Disc 1

1. Gettin Dim

2. Possum In A Tree

3. Broken Boogie

4. Toothpickin

Disc 2

5. Held Up

6. Outdoor Plan

7. Deep Scars

9. Ain't Broken Down

10. Overdrive

11. Loners 4 Life

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Track List: Fiendish Threat

1. Can I Rip U

2. Different From The Rest

3. There's Another Road

4. Broke Jaw

5. Watchin U Suffer

6. Breakin Free

7. Facedown

8. New Identity

9. Feel The Sting

10. Fight My Way

11. Full On

12. Your Floor

13. A Fiendish Threat

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Track List: Long Gone Daddy

1. I'm A Long Gone Daddy

2. Sun Comes Up

3. The Bottle Let Me Down

4. Wreck Of The Old '97

5. Neath A Cold Gray Tomb Of Stone

6. The Wind Blew Cold

7. Good Hearted Woman

8. This Ain't Montgomery

9. What They Want Me To Be

10. If The Shoe Fits (Shuffle Mix)

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Track List: Rebel Within (Explicit)

1. Gettin' Drunk And Fallin' Down

2. Rebel Within

3. Lookin' For A Mountain

4. Gone But Not Forgotten

5. Drinkin' Ain't Hard To Do

6. Moonshiner's Life

7. #5

8. Karmageddon

9. Lost In Oklahoma

10. Tore Up And Loud

11. Drinkin' Over Momma

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Santa Cruz CA is waiting for you
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Love you Hank111...
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jbell534
Drink fight f**k sleep repeat. The hellbilly way. F**k ISIS and their keeper the UN. Godmutherfuc k i n damn right and fuckyou rebel PROUD.
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Say what ya want but @ least he's not acting black or putting thug beats in his country music!
Wtf is up with whites acting black!?
Wigger's! F**k'em!
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Fck yall haters . This man may not be on the radio but hes my favorite country singer . Im into the rap type country like lacs n big smo n whatnot these days but hank3 is my fave .
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I love this stuff hits me in the heart and bring me back to my Roots
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His first few albums were great. Brothers of the 4x4 was junk. He has his family's ability to write songs but unlike his predecessors does not have an ear for a hit.
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Hey trudg201176, I gotta place out here in hillbilly hell West By-God Va. F**k these dumb asses dude. You should come out here n jam! James Mccusker on F*g a** Facebook. Franklin WV
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Now thats the assesmentati o n
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I LOVE U TRAVIS R JAMES ALWAYS WILL !
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3rocks ole school.This ain't April.
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If u don't live the lifestyle u damn sure wouldn't understand.. . . . .
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trudg201176
Y'all don't know s**t abt Hank 3!
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F**k yeah I love this song give up 2 hank 3 ghost from ghost f**k yeah yeah buddy
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Hank III true country rebel. One of the last.
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markmargie3
He's the best country singer in the world and if you don't like it well boys kiss my but
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markmargie3
My uncle thomas named Thomas colon brown met hank three
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come to Columbia dammit
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Song always makes me feel good. Yee Haw!
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F**k all this new age s**t Hank III keeps it where it belongs! Will always be a fan of him and his lineage.
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f**k pop country
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My grand daddy saw his grand daddy my daddy saw his daddy and so did I (3 times) and now my sons and I r gonna see hanklll ,
So now I say f**k county pop !!!
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This f**ker rules love his music and vocals and lifestyle would love for anyone else to fill his boots
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love his country but his screemo or whatever u wanna call it makes me wanna vomit
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jtd0630
When you comin to shreveport ; bossier
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Hank 3 is the best and I am a kid of California and I am showing that Rubel with in yaaaaa
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So this is this is the last time the needles goin in to sit my soul free
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real country is back.
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Best damn real country since dad and grandaddy. But definitely making his own mark. Fight on for country music.
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♫♪♥*•♫♪♥*•♫♪ ♥ * • ♫ ♪ ♥ * • ♫ ♪
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Damn right and rebel proud
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johninlansin g 5 2 9
I saw Hank III in Lansing MI about 3 years ago. Truly, a KILLER concert, one of the best concerts I've ever seen! His granddaddy would be more than proud
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On #5 listen.now I'm to tell ya.. my candel damn neer. Wen out.. n yes it can go away. I'm proof..I still alive.....
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Don't think twice its allriright
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Go get em hank you tell em what's it's about!! U will!
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Damn saw ! I'm making table tops today!! Big red oak!! Solid!! Yep I'm gonna make some $..yaw!! Hell yes about time!! Getting the saw ready tonight!!
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Love your songs luk does to
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I meant hank 111 in Boone county wv with whites of wv best dude ever u can meet he my roll model
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Hey love hank the 3rd.. now were is the dope man? I need a fix!!
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We live bout 100 miles from him n middle TENNEESSEE HE WROTE ONE OF HIS SONGS BOUT OUR NECK OF THE WOODS AFTER HE ENDED UP ON ONE OF HIS BACKROAD HELL RAISIN RIDES THERE AINT A SINGLE SONG HE SANG THAT DONT RELATE TO OUR LIFE REAL F**KIN MUSIC MOTHERF**KER S
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Best Live Show Ever!!! He takes care of his fans when you see him live!!!
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Pretty damn good! Rock on! Oh. I mean country on.....��
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Hank the motherfukin number 3!!! I love your music!!! It's gotten me through a really rough patch in a difficult time in my life , but really have enjoyed your music for almost 10 years now. Anyway I'm in north Florida ( Jacksonville ) & can't wait to see you on the 25th?? Or next month some time . Already know the venue! Anyway , I got an old , Hank Williams music note book of your grandpas and would love for you to sign!! You always been so damn cool to every fan after the shows and I love th
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Hands down the best touring act of any genre . Seen him twice in Texas and he played over 3 hours each time. Amazing . Country, metal , hardcore ,doom and some f**ked up psychegrind. The best listen for abusing substances!!
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glad i found Hank 3 was about to give up on country music. So called classic country radio stations don't know what country music is about. I'm 61 yrs. old and again can listen to the REAL thing.
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Thanks for putting Flint, MI on your tour. Love Hank III live.
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warpaint1688
Legend. Period. Please come back to Melbourne fl.
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Hank you are a genius. I live your Music everyday. Keep it up and come to charleston sc on tour. Everyone here cant get enough of it.
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for some stupid reason. Pandora has hank III and hank williams III
as separate stations. That should solve peoples issues.
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Best country artist doing it by far pop country makes me sick lll
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