Hank III, the grandson of country legend Hank Williams, Sr. and the son of the country musician Hank Williams, Jr. is a bit of a black sheep in country music. I first heard about him in a danish country television documentary that also featured the awesome and legendary cow punk band Jason and the Scorchers.
This album from 2008 is really good and it can be described as traditional country with a certain blend of rock'n'roll and lyrics that touch down on topics like drinking, drugs, fights and poorly paid jobs.
The album starts off with an attack on The Grand Ole Opry (country music radio station) and their policies regarding certain musicians not being made members of the hall of fame.
Me and my friends is one out of many songs on this album that is about getting drunk, stoned and generally fucked up while still feeling proud of your life and (probably hopeless) situation: Hell we all like to get drunk and fall down all over town you know that each damn day that we're livin we're damn right rebel proud.
I wish I knew is about a broken relationship. It is quite touching and has a great melody and a catchy chorus: yeah i wish i knew, i still had you that i wish i knew, hell i wish i knew, that we weren't through i wish i knew
Most serious lyrics are found in Candidate for suicide: Well I've been busted up and beaten down no self esteem to make me proud, anti-social depressed and cursed, well I hope I feel better when I'm riding in that hearse, and all my emotions have left me and I no longer hurt
P.F.F is an entertaining 10 minutes song that's got an up tempo 1st part and then it breaks into a slower 2nd part still on the same theme and sharing the same lyrics like: Cuz I Punch Fight Fuck (Punch Fight Fuck!), Just to get me along (Just to get me stoned!), I've done my share of raisin hell since the day I was born, Yeah I Punch Fight Fuck (Punch Fight Fuck!), Just to get me along (Just to get me stoned!), And I've done my share of raising hell ever since '71
3 Shades of Black is a slow and dark song that reminds me a bit of a certain Johnny Cash: 3 shades of black is where I come from. Depression, Misery, and Hellacious fun. No we're not the kind to turn our backs and run, cuz 3 shades of black is where we come from. We are a certain breed and we don't like you. Some are junkies some are freaks and others are everyday ghouls. No one will ever know what we've been through, and we are proud in the light of the moon.
Hank III will be touring Europe for the first time ever in 2009 and I look forward to catch the gig here in Copenhagen later this August. Hank's live gigs usually consist of a traditional country set, a Hellbilly set, and a punk/metal set with his band Assjack. Certainly sounds like a thing to see and hear!