Hank 3 News - 2009

::: January 19, 2009 :::
Tour dates for Feb - March have been finalized and posted to the the Tour Section. Those Poor Bastards will be supporting band.

 


::: January 23, 2009 :::
Stop by the LiveDaily website for exclusive vids for Six Pack of Beer, Smoke & Wine, and Country Heroes!

 

::: February 6, 2009 :::
Only 9 days before the next tour kicks off! Hitting the road with III this time out, the Damn Band will consist of:

Andy Gibson - Steel Guitar, Dobro
Daniel Mason - Banjo
Adam McOwen - Fiddle
Shawn McWilliams - Drums
Zach Shedd - Upright Bass

For the Assjack set, Gary Lindsey will be handling vocal duty and Zach will switch to Electric Bass.

 

::: March 27, 2009 :::
Thanks to everyone who came out to the shows during the last tour. Keep watch on the tour section as we are making plans to hit the road again sometime around the middle of June (starting on the East Coast) with our very special guest - Lucky Tubb & The Modern Day Troubadours!

 

::: April 20, 2009 :::

Tour dates for June - July have been posted to the tour section. More dates will be added as they are confirmed.
There is a European tour in the works for later in the Summer, but details are still being worked out. Once specific dates are lined up, they will be posted.

 

::: April 23, 2009 :::
A few more dates have been added to the tour section, along with two confirmed dates for the European tour.

 

::: May 26, 2009 :::
More European tour dates have been confirmed! Hit the Tour section for more info.

 

::: June 02, 2009 :::
Great news!
III and Curb Records will be releasing the long awaited Assjack material in both CD and Vinyl formats on 8/04/09.

Track list for the upcoming release:


Tennessee Driver / Wasting Away / Choking Gesture / Gravel Pit
Cut Throat / Smoke the Fire / Cocaine the White Devil
Redneck Ride / No Regrets / Doin' What I Want

 

::: June 10, 2009 :::
Official Press Statement for the upcoming Assjack release:

Assjack--the death-metal metal band founded and fronted by Hank Williams III will release their first album of fully authorized music August 4 via Curb Records. Featuring tracks like “Redneck Ride,” “Wasting Away” and “No Regrets,” the self-titled album personifies the split in the psyche of the singer/guitarist/songwriter/producer who last year released the psych-country album Damn Right, Rebel Proud. While they’re two vastly different sonic experiences, both projects reflect the diverse musical interests of the self-professed “crazy fuck from Tennessee.” “Nowadays, there’s a whole group of people that love Waylon and David Allan Coe and love Pantera and Slayer-- there’s a whole breed of them out there,” says Hank III.

HIII will take both his “Damn” country band and ASSJACK out on the road beginning June 16 in Louisville, KY, with U.S. dates confirmed through July 15 in Knoxville, TN. For these shows, both the “Damn” band and ASSJACK will perform 45-minute sets, with a 15-minute changeover in-between.

For the ASSJACK album, Hank III performed, wrote and produced everything you hear. “Playing all the instruments and being involved with it that way helps keep me on my toes,” he says from his Nashville home. “One day it would be nice to have the band here in town where we can just jam, but most of my guys aren’t around, so I have to work harder.” He has also played drums for Arson Anthem and bass in Superjoint Ritual (featuring former Pantera singer Phil Anselmo).

For the live shows, Hank III is excited that more people are sticking around for the metal part. His reasoning? “Well, A: they’re either drunk and don’t want to go home or; B: maybe the fan base is getting younger possibly. We might be getting a few more metalheads with what I’ve done out there with Superjoint Ritual and playing in Arson Anthem. That’s probably a factor also and maybe they just wanna get their money’s worth. Hell, they spent $20 bucks for a ticket, why not see the whole show? It doesn’t matter if it’s five people or 500, they’re going to get the same show, same energy. Nothing will be different, every night when we do it, it’s a rollercoaster. We say hello after the show…we try to take care of our fans, because they take care of us.”

Never one afraid to go against what people expect of him, Hank III says he’s gotten strong--and sometimes violent--responses to his music. “It’s pretty surprising how the power of music can piss some people off. Growing up the way I had to, and some of the redneck bars I had to play in, they just think it’s complete disrespect to their establishment and to them--you know I can’t make everyone happy and it is what it is. It doesn’t matter if it’s the red neck that gets upset and thinks I’m pissing Hank Williams off, or the young kid that thinks I’m selling out by playing hard rock, which is totally…if I was selling out, I would be doing what a producer tells me and dressing up all pretty and only be doing country music--that’s how to make money. I just stuck with the hard road--that’s what makes us different and unique and gives the wide audience range from 14 to 80 out there…cowboys, punks, metalheads, jocks, grandmas and the average everyday person. We bring them all together under the same roof. That’s what makes us proud. That’s what makes it worth it at the end of the day.”

 


::: June 12, 2009 :::
III talks about Assjack:


--How do you write songs for Assjack rather than your country projects?

“It’s more jamming than anything else. It’s just turning up the electric guitar, hitting ‘record’ whenever there’s a riff and most of the time its just me jamming because I have to use drummers from everywhere else, but I just feel the riff and put it down and go with it man, trying to pick out some kind of a sound. That’s kind of the process, nothing really that complicated, just feeling it hitting her chord and seeing if it’s worth a damn.

“The lyrics are the last thing. Guitar first, drums second, bass and then vocals. That’s the way I stack it all up. Playing all the instruments and being involved with it that way helps keep me on my toes. One day it would be nice to have the band here in town where we can just jam, but most of my guys aren’t around, so I have to work harder.

“I’ve only worked with one producer, ever, but I know what I want to hear already and know what I’m going for. One day, I might work with a producer again but all of the records have been producer-free, except for This Ain’t Country [unreleased country album] which might see the light of day in four or five years.”

--You’ve done the dual country/metal concert sets and some people were shocked by the second part of the set but more of them are staying for the whole show. Why is that?

“Well, A: they’re either drunk and don’t want to go home or B: maybe the fan base is getting younger possibly. We might be getting a few more metalheads with what I’ve done out there with Superjoint Ritual and playing in Arson Anthem. That’s probably a factor also and maybe they just wanna get their money’s worth. Hell, they spent $20 bucks for a ticket, why not see the whole show? It doesn’t matter if it’s five people or 500, they’re going to get the same show, same energy. Nothing will be different. Every night when we do it, it’s a rollercoaster. We say hello after the show…we try to take care of our fans, because they take care of us.”

--You’ve had some harsh criticism/borderline violence from Country purists over the Assjack music.

“It’s pretty surprising how the power of music can piss some people off. Growing up the way I had to, and some of the redneck bars I had to play in, they just think it’s complete disrespect to their establishment and to them--you know I can’t make everyone happy and it is what it is. It doesn’t matter if it’s the redneck that gets upset and thinks I’m pissing Hank Williams off, or the young kid that thinks I’m selling out by playing hard rock, which is totally…if I was selling out, I would be doing what a producer tells me and dressing up all pretty and only be doing country music, that’s how to make money. I just stuck with the hard road--that’s what makes us different and unique and gives the wide audience range from 14 to 80 out there…cowboys, punks, metalheads, jocks, grandmas and the average everyday person. We bring them all together under the same roof. That’s what makes us proud. That’s what makes it worth it at the end of the day.”

--Do you think the forefathers of Country music would embrace the punk/death-metal aspects and/or the outlaw spirit of this music?

“It’s hard to say, there’s always that loner theme, standing on your own two feet. Most country people are very religious people, and most death metal people are very satanic-oriented people, not all of them, but the majority of them, and that might be a little rift right there. Nowadays, there’s a whole group of people that love Waylon and David Allan Coe, and love Pantera and Slayer…there’s a whole breed of them out there. Bands like Lamb of God and all these other guys born in the South love different kinds of music. It’s a hard call. Some of those old Southern men are set in their ways and some of them are a little more open-minded. Can’t please everybody, and Scientology is now on Music Row. We’re moving on down the road now.”

--What do you do to mentally and/or physically to prepare the change-over from the Damn Band to Assjack between sets?

“Preparation goes into the show more before--that’s where all the mediation and breathing and stretching and getting prepared for the fight goes down. It’s not like I can just walk out there and do my show. I know guys that can do that but I’m not one of them. During the break, usually I just kneel down, take as many deep breaths as I can, stretch the back out and get ready to go out there and see the blurry vision or see the bright light when you start hammering it down man. It’s all just a natural progression, the whole show feels like the same kind of energy to me, it’s just with Assjack my vision gets a little more blurry and things get just a bit more intense. The big preparation is before the show. That’s where it all goes down I’m already for all sides of it when I hit the stage.

“I always have to fight for my voice. I had people, years ago, tell me “you’re not going to be able to do what you do and keep your voice.” So out of that, I have to breathe steam for an hour, I have to make weird sounds for two hours, like monks going ‘eeeeeeeeeeowwwww’ and push it out as long as I can. It’s just what I’ve gotta do. I’ve been around Ozzy on Ozzfest and hear him do his vocal exercises. Some of the guys care about doing a good show and want to have a good ‘head voice.’ That’s what I gotta do, man. I wish I could just say, ‘I’m just going to hang out and chill and raise hell all day and just walk out on the stage.’ But it ain’t like that for me, it’s a total process. You can tell whenever I don’t have my time—the voice is just a lot more hoarse and sometimes it’s gone when I don’t get to try to wake it up.”

--If the Damn Band and Assjack got in a fight, who would win?

“The Damn Band would be five against two. The only two guys in Assjack are Gary and my drummer, so the odds would probably be for the Damn band. That’s the deal.”

 

::: July 14, 2009 :::
III is currently endorsing an Ebay Auction for two of his favorite charities. The item up for bids is a signed bandanna. Click here for more info. Bid high and often! But hurry, the auction ends on July 19.

 

::: July 21, 2009 :::
Special Hellbilly shout-out to Nicolette Moore! Nicolette placed the winning bid in the Ebay auction mentioned below. Thanks Nicolette!

 

::: September 28, 2009 :::
Tour dates for November have all been confirmed and posted to the Tour Section. No more dates are pending.

 

::: October 20, 2009 :::
3bay is now open. Several new designs are expected to arrive soon and will be added to the inventory at a later time.

 


::: November 12, 2009 :::
III joins forces with SINED Snowboards!

"Introducing the 2009-10 SINED Snowboard line, a new way to look at Snowboards, Art, and Music. Hank Williams The Third and Dave Brockie joined up with SINED to bring you these works of art to your living room or local hill. Each board is made when you order it in very limited numbers, only 300 for each artist Total will be made. These boards are going to make great collectors items for shredders and music lovers alike. The High-resolution sublimated art makes it a true art piece while the Board construction makes it an incredible snowboard to ride. Each board comes numbered with a certificate of authenticity, a hand signed poster by Hank or Dave themselves, and FREE Shipping in the USA."

Click here for more information and to view the new Hank III SINED Snowboard which will also be featured on Fuel TV's Daily Habit in the coming weeks.

 

::: November 25, 2009 :::
New items have been added to the Gear section of 3bay - a bolo, belt buckle, and necklace, along with Gift Box options. These items are all a limited run and will NOT be re-stocked, so stop by and pick up some Hellbilly gift items!

 

::: December 22, 2009 :::
All of our hearts go out to the family and friends of Mary Wallace. No one ever worked harder than her to continue the legacy and memory of Hank Williams.

Mary Wallace, passed away Monday, December 21 and was acting president of the Hank Williams International Society and Fan Club, which she helped found. She was the driving force behind the annual Hank Williams Festival, held in Georgiana, which was held for the 30th consecutive year this June. Mary also served on the board of directors for the Hank Williams Museum and Boyhood Home.