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Hank Williams 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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Outlaws live forever
My dieing dream of a wish is to get blessed with the honor of getting one night out on my ranch kickin back smokin a hog leg n eaten some hog pickin strings with Mr. Hank 3rd
Love his music and his own sound.
Love hank 3, the voice of his grandpa and attitude of his pappy!
Kick a** dig your view on life !! Red& gold. Texas
True....song tell em hank.
dawng677
Hank3 sings this song well indeed. I wonder if he and his band do other covers by request :) just a thought cuz I bet he could sing Love in the hot afternoon by Gene Watson.
f.in A right... love this stuff...fina l l y some truth in MUSIC
Why n the hell the damn state troopers circling my damn house again!!?? The younginz arnt heer! Hell I'm only one heer!! Yep! I see.some dirty b**tards talking!abou t Mr Jackson.ya damn right I'll take care of that!! I got what those FKRS wish they had! Hell I worked for mine!!
Hell I like it!
I enjoy the music although a bit grating on the ears at times. Hank III sounds like a bit of a f**tard if you read the biography, but he did meet his match at Curb Records and got jacked around by a professional . Maybe as he gets some age under him he will get to the roots of his families legendary music and show some respect. You dont always have to RAGE to be good.
Good song
I like it ..good music
Now I really enjoy listening to this...
On working man.who is singing with Hank.?
damn good song.these spiders get any bigger Hell I'm gonna kill em with the shotgun.
Hell I'm gonna listen..
Good song. Yaw help me hawl that damn 460' sthil around.today . I might teach ya somthin.Hell we don't say timber.we say watch ou yaw here it comes.
Hell yaw wanna go to work with Mr Jackson. Hope damn skider does his job.yaw got cypress we got bid redz.
You damn right.Hell my job is dangerous to.hope a big readoak don't do me in tomorrow.goo d song!
damn right it's good.
Once again.
get em hank.I'm glad I made it home.
nicko252008
New country is s**tty, this is music.
Damn great jam.hell I said FCK cuttn timber.today n I went huntin.hell yaw like tree rats? I do. 6 r headless. Damn things kinda tough 2 skin.damn 17'is on I'll tell ya.
all just to kill a damn tree rat.yep I am you damn right I do Mr Jackson eats a kill.
damn thing ain't working tonight again piece of s*** my damn phone this is pissing me off more than mine gun
great song I'm bout ready for this damn carry out the f****** window again I would if I didn't call me so damn much money
tell most don't even know what doing time is' I do!
great song! not a noun is falling to hell
by God I'm from West Virginia and yes I love it I don't smoke no I drew it then smoke it
tell a man alright tell me what is all about you damn really I like this
tell him Hank you know what the hell you're talking about you did a man I'm proud of you
Saw him live last night best show ever started at 8 still was playing at 11:35 when we left straight through no breaks the band was just as badass as him on more marked off the bucket list. Thanks again 3 for a great night in Reno
Hank iii live show is must see.
I think what hank 3 is doing with his music is a good thing. Uncontrolled and with a open mind on how country music should sound and be about is what others in the indusrty should be doing as well. Keep it up.... a loyal listener.
Hell hank the 3rd I wish I FKN knew.
I hear ya man!! N yes I love it! Now I know where Boone county is hell it's about 78 miles away.
Hell Hank I can't walk FKN running!! I love this!! Ya pappy would be proud!! Ya damn right!
I'm somkin. N sipin. Hell yea. You FKN tell how it is!! Hell most don't know what you mean about boone county!! I do n he does!! Great song great artists!! Hell I'm from where damn neer where the b county. Is. I know where I come from yaw! N I love it! Take care yaw.
Stoked to hear this song playing on KTLA Channel 5 news the other morning. GREAT SONG , AWESOME ALBUM.
I've got drink and smoke. Go the3rd
I'm low down. need a good big trank dart to put me out!
Look love him or hate him! He tells how it is.. no s**t I'm a damn true hillbilly!! All I see is hills!
Take it back sry yall THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN YYYEEEEEHHHH H H A A A A A W W W W W
This is by far the worst out of the hank Williams generation this f**ker should be ashamed his grandfather would be ashamed screw him
Does he read this
Yes that damn paintcreek crippile. Is my favorite strain. yes its bout crop time.I'm a drunk a a drug addict!! To.
tdern63
I love Hank III!! A big ol' yeeehaaaa!!! !
F**k the critics, his voice is one of a ninja. When you think his granddaddy's voice carries on, then you hear a more universal declaration of his roots that really carry on the whole Williams namesake. HELL YEAH!
If you don't like hank 3 f**k you!!!
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