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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. And the spring of 2014 brought yet another reason for Hank III to never send Curb a Christmas card: Ramblin' Man, a 27-minute album largely comprised of material III recorded for various tribute albums. ~ Johnny Loftus & Steve Leggett, Rovi
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real country is back.
Best damn real country since dad and grandaddy. But definitely making his own mark. Fight on for country music.
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Damn right and rebel proud
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
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.....
Don't think twice its allriright
Go get em hank you tell em what's it's about!! U will!
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!!
Love your songs luk does to
I meant hank 111 in Boone county wv with whites of wv best dude ever u can meet he my roll model
Hey love hank the 3rd.. now were is the dope man? I need a fix!!
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
Best Live Show Ever!!! He takes care of his fans when you see him live!!!
Pretty damn good! Rock on! Oh. I mean country on.....��
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
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!!
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.
Thanks for putting Flint, MI on your tour. Love Hank III live.
warpaint1688
Legend. Period. Please come back to Melbourne fl.
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.
for some stupid reason. Pandora has hank III and hank williams III
as separate stations. That should solve peoples issues.
Best country artist doing it by far pop country makes me sick lll
Why does Pandora offer so little of his music?
Pandora you need to add his cd Lovesick Broke & Driftin' His best of all his cd's...came out in 2002 ...please add it!
Being a part of The Outlaws Nation listen t 111. Some of u idiot mother f**kers in this world might learn something.Su p p o r t Your Local Outlaws!!! (Dizzy) The DIZMAN
PANDORA NEEDS TO GET HANK 3's------STR A I G H T TO HELL +
-------HELLB I L L Y JOKER ALBUMS
Damn, he played 2 shows in my town 3 days before I knew who he was. Damn these local cuntry stations for not playing him. But, now I own all his albums and still cant get enough of this prodigy.
Me and all my goddamn friends.
Somethime I fell the way hank3 does down and depress lost close to you and sometimes alittle cocain dose help
Just saw hank 3 in California! Bad a**! Rebel music rules. Yes I'm also Mexican American and III is the best country musician out there
III's music is about the only thing that gets me through those dark times when I wanna give up. Life sucks but its not as bad with a little Hank 3
The world needs to party like H3. if ever in Oregon! Y'all are welcome to come party on the porch! 110 acres should be enough of a buffer. I can rebel MFN YELL w the best of em
rufus.eugene
Can't wait to catch hank III in Toledo ohio I get a kick firing up the jukebox when I'm out Jukin in Yankee ville although alot cool people up here still not Bama tho!
Hell ya keep them country flowin the south will rise again
This feller here this third Williams here he is keeping with tradition thank ya bubba keep um comein on down the pike.
The SOUTH will RISE AGAIN !!! HOOOEEYYY.
kid who?..111you r the gratest like your dad and his dad befor him
Hank III is keeping the outlaw spirit alive.
ben.smith225
hell yea, id hafta agree with the rebels in cali, just moved here from tennessee, H3 kicks a$$,
markserna
I just started listening to H 3 and dam!
I love it! Wish he would play in California , there are rebels in Cali! U know!
The opry has sinned
Im Mexican American, and Damn i love Hanks lll music! Thats what i call country! Just like he says F@#k pop country! Keep maken hits hank! Do your thing bud.
White power Jesus loves you hank lll
tharkiew
F**kin Great there is none higher (liteally)
Going to see HANK III TOMORROW NIGHT IN FORT WORTH!! CAN'T WAIT!!
GREAT BREAKFAST..L U N C H AND SUPPER
go to the roadrunner after he plays in okc
Hank Williams III I really enjoyed his show in Az.
hank was in boise i was there but dont remember after that drink he gave me.come back to boise
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