- News -
::: January 1, 2011 :::
First up for the new year will be a short tour with Arson Anthem, for whom III plays drums. Also included in Arson Anthem is, Mike IX Williams (vocals), Philip H. Anselmo (guitar), and Collin Yeo (bass).
Updated and additional official tour dates for Arson Anthem can be found at Houscore Records.
1/25 - Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero
1/26 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
1/27 - New Orleans, LA - The Hangar
1/28 - Fort Worth, TX - Rail Club
1/29 - Fayetteville, AR - Drifters
1/30 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
In addition to the Arson Anthem tour, III will be busy with his own projects now that he is officially no longer a part of his former record label. For insight on what is to come, stop by the Premier Guitar magazine web site, and check out this video where III gives a rundown on his live show set-up, as well as a look into the future regarding his own music.
::: February 26, 2011 :::
A big thanks to all who came out to the Arson Anthem shows last month! There will be yet more destruction on March 16 as Arson Anthem plays Emo's in Austin Texas as part of Housecore Records' Showcase during the South by Southwest music festival.
::: March 28, 2011 :::
The Haunted Ranch has been, and continues to be a busy place during the time off from the road. III's been busy with various projects, as well as recording new material. Keep an eye on the Official YouTube Channel as you never know when something new may pop up, such as this video recently uploaded by III - an impromptu jam from The Haunted Ranch with members of Sourvein and Earthride after a show in Nashville - and no, this is NOT the stoner/doom project Attention Deficit Domination (A.D.D.) that III also has in store for the future:
::: April 4, 2011 :::
One upcoming show has been confirmed - The Revival Festival in Austin Texas on May 28th. Also appearing, along with other bands, will be our good friends, Reverend Horton Heat. Ticket info and show times can be found on the festival website.
::: May 18, 2011 :::
Still lot's of twistin' and tweakin' goin' on at the Haunted Ranch - news of new material could be coming soon, so be sure to keep watch here, the official YouTube Channel (often updated by III himself), and III's personal Facebook page - the ONLY "official" page on Facebook.
::: June 23, 2011 :::
HANK3 CHARTS NEW TERRITORY
WITH FOUR-RECORD RELEASE DUE OUT SEPTEMBER 6
With his own new label, Hank3 Records, and the sense that he has thrown off the chains holding him back creatively, Shelton Hank Williams III, aka Hank3, is coming out swinging this year with the release of four records on September 6 - that's right - FOUR.
The unprecedented launch, in a distribution partnership with Megaforce Records (MRI), features a broad range of music that bridges more than one head-thumping genre - a familiar theme that true Hank3 fans have embraced for years. Ghost to a
Ghost/Guttertown, a double-album set, is a straight-shooting country collection, flavored with Hank3's trademark hellbilly sound, and heavily weighted with Cajun influence (especially on Guttertown) and an ambient, lonesome mood - and a few very special guests.
Two more releases are Attention Deficit Domination and 3 Bar Ranch Cattle Callin - intensely metal-driven records on which Hank3 plays all instruments. Attention Deficit Domination is a pressure-dropping, doom rock statement that has been anticipated by his hardcore fans for years, and Cattle Callin explores a new mind-bending "Cattle Core" sound, featuring Hank3's speed metal woven in and around actual cattle auctioneering.
All three projects were recorded at The Haunted Ranch, Hank3's home and studio that lies on the outskirts of Nashville - a fitting place since the town has never really known what to do with this grandson of the American icon. He finally parted ways with Curb Records January 1.
"I have musical freedom. I'm able to say 'Here's my record' and I don't have to go through a million different channels just to put out a song," he says. "It's all me now."
Hank3 wrote the lion's share of the songs that appear on the 30-track Ghost to a Ghost. The players are Andy Gibson on steel guitar and banjo, who also aided in its recording, David McElfresh on fiddle and mandolin, Zach Shedd on standup bass, Daniel
Mason on banjo, super-picker Johnny Hiland on guitar, Billy Contreras on fiddle, and Rory Hoffman on accordion.
Guest appearances include the mythical Tom Waits on the haunted "Fadin Moon" from Guttertown and on the Ghost to a Ghost title track, Alan King of Hellstomper, Les Claypool of Primus fame and beyond, Dave Sherman, Troy Medlin and Hank3's dog,
Cuts such as "Guttertown," "Ridin The Wave," and "The Devil's Movin In" on Ghost to A Ghost, and "Goin to Guttertown," "The Low Line," and "I'll Save My Tears" on Guttertown highlight both the excellent musicianship on the records, and Hank3's
unmistakable, confident vocals.
Attention Deficit Domination allows the listener into Hank3's crunching, metal world of the heavy and the slow, complete with his renowned, fundamental percussion. The nine tracks hardly allow you to get up from the floor. With songs such as "I Feel Sacrificed" and the tormented "Livin Beyond Doom," Hank3 works a ground somewhere between devastation and high theatre.
"Both A.D.D. and Cattle Callin are very intense. It's very manic," Hank3 says. "It's hard to follow, even for the guys I play with. I'm playing everything on these two. It's very complex."
There are 23 tracks on Cattle Callin, featuring Hank3's driving, formidable guitar attack, with instrumentation build around the auctioneering and, in some cases, his own higherregister vocal treatment laid over the top. Metal fans will notice some tongue-in-cheek humor with titles such as "Heavy Cattle" and "Angus of Death." Also, fans of bluegrass will love the banjo-driven "Cattle Callin Lonesome Blues," featuring Mason.
"I was raised around it [cattle auctioneering] and it's pretty amazing how fast these guys are," Hank3 says. "Hip-hop has looped auctioneers. Bluegrass has messed around with it a little bit. This has never been done in the heavy metal world."
The September release of all three projects represents a new birth for Hank3, and he's happy to have the chance.
"Megaforce Records has helped me with my vision to do something that's never been done before," he says. "They're handling my distribution, and I wanted to flood the market and do everything different. I wanted to come out of the gate strong.
"I'm opening up the mind a little bit and bringing some different styles together."
And in other news...July shows at Layla's Bluegrass Inn in Nashville are in the works - keep an eye on the Tour Section, once confirmed, they'll be posted.
::: June 24, 2011 :::
Two dates for Hank3/Attention Deficit Domination added to the Tour page.
::: July 11, 2011 :::
Exclusive Free Downloads from Decibel Magazine!
Two tracks from the upcoming (September 6) release of Hank 3's speed metal album 3 Bar Ranch Cattle Callin have been made available for streaming or download via the Decibel Magazine site - stop by and read the article by Jeanne Fury and give 'em a listen!
Also, Vintagequeen54 has uploaded numerous YouTube videos to her channel from the July 8th show at the Exit In in Nashville and included in those are several other new songs, be sure to visit there as well!
::: July 13, 2011 :::
Track listing and cover art for the September 6th album releases...
* Track List (Ghost to a Ghost - Disc 1) *
Gutter Town / Day By Day / Ridin The Wave / Dont Ya Wanna / Ray Lawrence Jr. / The Devils Movin In / Time To Die / Troopers Hollar / Outlaw Convention / Cunt of a Bitch /
Ghost to a Ghost
* Track List (Guttertown - Disc 2) *
Goin to Gutter Town / Gutter Stomp / The Dirt Road / Musha’s / The Dream of Before / Dyin Day / I Promised / Chord of the Organ / Move Them Songs / The Low Line / I’ll Be Gone / Troopers Chaos / Chaos Queen / Thunderpain / Fadin Moon / The Round / I’ll Save My Tears / It’s Goin Down / With the Ship
* Track List *
Tim Dowler - Black Cow / Joe Goggins - Now There’s A Bull / Dan Clark - 37 Heffers / Tim Dowler - Mad Cow / Mitch Jordan – Branded / Tim Dowler - Square Bailor / Jason Miller - Cuttin Hay / Mitch Jordan - Y Bar Ranch / Countin Cows / Mad Cow / Dominic Herrera - Lot 53 / Hugh Howell - Cow Sold / Hugh Howell & Eddie Cope - Cow Mortal / Gwynn Howell - Bull Balls / Hugh Howell - Heavy Cattle / Y Bar Ranch / Black Cow / Eddie Cope – Longhorn / Square Bailor / Moo You / Tim Dowler - Angus of Death / Jason Miller - Cattle Callin Lonesome Blues / Branded
* Track List *
In The Camouflage / I Feel Sacrificed / Bend / Make A Fall / Livin Beyond Doom / Demons Mark / Aman / Get Str8 /Goats “N” Heathans
::: July 15, 2011 :::
Tour dates are firming up and being confirmed - check the Tour section for the latest info.
::: July 27, 2011 :::
The Official Hank 3 Facebook page is up and running. Drop by and "like" for updates, shared photos, show reviews, announcements, possible contests, and other Hank3 related stuff.
::: August 2, 2011 :::
Pre-orders are up on 3Bay for the new releases, as well as 4 new shirts in the Hellbilly section.
::: August 5, 2011 :::
Hank3 talks about releasing four records on the same day, and leaving his old label on Noisecreep.
::: August 19, 2011 :::
On August 27 Hank3 will be playing a benefit show for Happy Tails Humane, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of animals in Middle Tennessee by rescuing, caring for, and finding adoptive homes for unwanted pets. The benefit will take place at the Factory at Franklin. If you are in the area - stop by for a great cause. Ticket info and more details can be found at the Happy Tails Humane website.
::: September 5, 2011 :::
Tomorrow is the big day...the unprecedented release date of four separate and multi-genre albums by Hank3. To support the new material which consists of Country, Doom/Stoner-Rock and Speed Metal, Hank and the guys' will begin a 24 date tour tonight in Atlanta Georgia. Each night of the tour will consist of approximately two-and-a-half to three-hour sets, beginning with with a Country set, then morphing into the more rowdy Hellbilly sound, and finishing off with the Doom/Stoner-Rock tunes of Attention Deficit Domination.
Along with the new material becoming available in stores, it will also be available on September 6th via iTunes. The direct iTunes Store links to each release are:
Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town
3 Bar Ranch Cattle Callin
Attention Deficit Domination
A new, up to date bio has been added to the info section of the Official Hank3 Facebook page. Stop by there and "like" the page to check out fan videos from the shows, shared photos, reviews, and other various Hank3 items of interest.
::: October 7, 2011 :::
Tour dates for November are being set up - check the Tour section for up to date info...more will be added as they are confirmed.
::: October 10, 2011 :::
HANK3 ANNOUNCES LEG TWO OF HIS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
IN SUPPORT OF THREE - COUNT 'EM THREE - NEW ALBUMS
LOS ANGELES, CA (Monday, October 10, 2011) - Armed with an unprecedented three new albums - the double-country Ghost to a Ghost/Guttertown, the doom-rock Attention Deficit Domination, and the speed-metal Cattle Callin - that were released on September 6 through his very own, recently-launched record label Hank3 Records, Hank Williams III, now and forever to be known as Hank3, will kick off the second leg of his 2011 North American tour in Asheville, NC on Monday, November 7. The three-plus-week trek will play primarily in east coast cities and will include a New York date, Brooklyn's Music Hall on November 15. For ticket purchasing information, log onto www.hank3.com.
This second leg of Hank3's two-year global trek follows the near-sold-out first leg, during which he provided one of the best values in live music with his two-and-a-half-plus hour shows. One reviewer wrote, "It was one of the most energetic performances I've seen. He covered material from ten different albums, spanning four genres, and hardly took a minute to breathe before railing off song after song." There's nothing quite like a Hank3 concert where you'll see cowboys sporting Stetsons and punks with mohawks. And with the singer's influences spanning country, punk and hard rock/metal, Hank3 is a musician who makes it OK for punks and metal heads to admit that they like country music.
"I've been off the road for awhile, and I'm looking' at two years of bein' full-on dedicated to goin' out there and doin' what we do," said Hank3. "That's one of the reasons I wanted to release all of these albums at the same time, so I could just focus back on the touring again."
As his fans have come to expect, Hank3 will give everyone in attendance their money's worth by performing for anywhere from two-and-a-half to three-hour sets a night. The evening will open with a Country set, followed by a louder, rowdy Hellbilly set, culminating with a set featuring his new metal/doom band, Attention Deficit Domination.
"This is gonna be a little different for the fans who have been used to seein' Assjack for the last 10 years," Hank3 explained. "Assjack was almost fast hardcore, and ADD is slow, Melvins, sleep-oriented doom rock. So it's gonna be a lot different to see and feel, compared to what most people are used to seein' me do live."
All three of Hank3's new releases were recorded at The Haunted Ranch, Hank3's home and studio just outside of Nashville. He wrote the bulk of the songs that appear on the 30-track Ghost to a Ghost/Guttertown, a straight-shooting country collection, flavored with Hank3's trademark Hellbilly sound, and heavily weighted with Cajun influence and an ambient, lonesome mood. Ghost to a Ghost features guest appearances by Tom Waits, Alan King of Hellstomper, Les Claypool of Primus fame, Dave Sherman, Troy Medlin, and Hank3's dog, Trooper. Attention Deficit Domination allows the listener into Hank3's crunching, metal world of the heavy and the slow, complete with his renowned, fundamental percussion. The nine tracks hardly allow you to get up from the floor. The 23-track Cattle Callin features Hank3's driving, formidable guitar attack, with instrumentation built around the auctioneering (provided by legendary auctioneers Mitch Jordan and Tim Dowler) and, in some cases, his own higher-register vocal treatment laid over the top. You've never heard anything like it.
"I've always taken the hard road," he added. "That's what makes us different and what gives the wide audience range of 14 to 80. 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."
::: November 4, 2011 :::
Tour dates for November - December have been finalized and posted to the Tour section...You can follow various postings from the road on either Hank's Personal Facebook page, or the Official Hank3 Facebook Band Page.
::: November 10, 2011 :::
If you have not yet purchased Hank 3's double disc release"Ghost To A Ghost/Guttertown" - now would be a great time...it's currently on sale at iTunes for just $7.99
::: November 16, 2011 :::
A great review and photo set from the November 15th show in Brooklyn by Metromix.
::: December 1, 2011 :::
While on tour in Minneapolis, Hank 3 recently took part in signing two guitars for Operation Happy Note, a volunteer organization that sends musical instruments to deployed service men and women throughout the world.
If you would like to find out more about Operation Happy Note, or how you can help out, stop by their website for more information. Donations of cash to help with shipping costs, instruments, or shipping materials are immensely appreciated and will help support a great cause.
::: January 17, 2010 :::
West Coast dates are being confirmed - see the tour section for more info!
::: February 23, 2010 :::
III will make a small appearance as "Trigger Lipscomb" in the upcoming movie, "Provinces of Night".
The as of now unreleased movie is based upon a novel of the same name by William Gay. The book is set in 1952 and follows the story of E.F. Bloodworth, a man who has returned to his Tennessee home after 20 years of roaming. Other noted performers who appear in the movie are Val Kilmer, Kris Kristofferson, Hilary Duff, and Dwight Yoakam.
In other news - be sure to stop by the Official YouTube Channel for a bunch of new vids including this one, upload by III - of him doing a Hank Williams song :
::: February 25, 2010 :::
Rebel Within, has been given a release date of May 25, 2010. Stop by Amazon and pre-order the CD now, you can also pre-order the release as a LP+CD package.
- Track List -
Getting' Drunk and Fallin' Down / Rebel Within /
Lookin' For A Mountain / Gone But Not Forgotten /
Drinkin' Ain't Hard To Do / Moonshiner's Life /
#5 / Karmageddon / Lost In Oklahoma /
Tore Up and Loud / Drinkin' Over Mama
::: March 03, 2010 :::
Press release concerning the upcoming show in Houston, Texas:
"Hank III (Hank Williams III), will present a benefit concert for Homes for Our Troops, a non-partisan, non-profit 501 organization that provides specially adapted homes for severely wounded veterans at Wired Live (formerly the Meridian), 1503 Chartres, Houston, TX on Saturday, March 13, 2010. Doors open at 7 pm. Prior to the show, a VIP dinner will be held onsite with attending dignitaries and military personnel.
Hank III, the grandson of Hank Williams, is known for mixing hillbilly country with punk rock rhythms in his marathon performances. He usually plays back-to-back sets—country first as Hank III and the Damn Band and then as heavy industrial punk- rockers Hank III and Assjack.
A very special appreciation presentation will be made honoring Hank III for his support to Homes For Our Troops, and local military personnel and veterans will be attending the show courtesy of local businesses. Hank III will stop through Houston for the benefit show while on his west coast tour.
Opening for Hank III will be former NFL All-Pro offensive lineman Kyle Turley and Texas musician Linda K. Showtime is at 8pm and tickets are available via
myonstageevents.com or ticketmaster.com. "
::: March 18, 2010 :::
Watch for III and the guys to appear on RFDTV's Marty Stuart Show on March 27th.
In the episode, III will be wearing one of his Grandfathers suits, as shown in the photo, taken on the set. Included in the photo are
(l-r) Leroy Troy, David Mc, Eddie Stubbs, Chris Scruggs, Andy Gibson, III, and Marty. The scheduled airing for this particular
broadcast has changed a couple of times but the link above
will be updated should there be more changes. Tune In!
::: April 21, 2010 :::
Get your bids in now! This is a one of a kind Southern Folk Art moonshine jug series that is FULLY endorsed by III!
Only 50 of these unique jugs have been made by the legendary
Clet Meaders, and will be sold in numerical order. All jugs will be signed by Clete and III. Current bidding for number 1 of 50 is taking place
on Ebay now! Don't miss out on this collectors item!
::: May 04, 2010 :::
Canada....are you ready for a few nights with the Crazed Hellbilly, The Damn Band and Assjack???
Then check the Tour Dates section - 'cause he's headed your way!
::: May 18, 2010 :::
Can’t seem to get your fill of Hank III-then have we got something for y’all! Hank III is releasing his LAST record on Curb called “Rebel Within” on May 25th, he and the Damn Band will then embark on their first tour of the Great White North, and to top it off, Hank has a song on the 3rd season opener of HBO’s “True Blood” (June 13th)! Sink your teeth into that our Hellbilly Dysfunctional Family.
* TO RELEASE NEW COUNTRY ALBUM *
"REBEL WITHIN" MAY 25
CANADIAN TOUR TO FOLLOW
All you have to do is take one glance at a few of the song titles on Rebel Within - “Getting’ Drunk And Fallin’ Down,” “Rebel Within,” “Tore Up And Loud” and “Drinkin’ Over Mama”-- and you have a good idea who wrote them: HANK WILLIAMS III.
Nashville native Hank Williams III has built his musical brand around hard-hitting songs, an ornery Hellbilly attitude and a do-it-yourself ethos, as he wrote 10 of the album’s 11 original tracks, did the vocals, played drums and the acoustic rhythm guitar parts. And he recorded and produced the album at his home studio. “I don’t like being told what to do, and I don’t need to be told what my record should sound like,” says Hank. “I got that covered.”
A progenitor of the Hellbilly movement, Hank III has released six albums since his 1999 debut, including 2008’s country/rock/metal Damn Right, Rebel Proud (of which Randy Lewis of the Los Angeles Times said, “…he careens from the stone country remorse of ‘I Wish I Knew’ to the psychobilly ode to the truck driving man of ‘H8 Line to the 10-minute, three-movement nose-thumbing epic “P.F.F.” offered in tribute to G.G. Allin”) and 2009’s punk/metal-infused Assjack. His refusal to confine himself to one musical genre is evident in his live performances, where he often does three-hour shows: he starts off with a country set, followed by a louder hillbilly set, which culminates with a set with his band Assjack. “I give everybody some of what they came for,” says Hank. “You can’t say I don’t work hard and give all I got.”
The 12-city Crazed Canada Tour launches Friday, June 4 at The Opera House in Toronto, ON and continues through the end of the month. This event will be “an evening with”--no opener, just pure Hellbilly rage all night. The venture will take III's tour bus out to the West Coast for a Saturday, June 19th engagement in Vancouver, BC.
See Tour Section for all dates.
::: May 23, 2010 :::
Just two more days until III's new release, "Rebel Within" hits the stores!
Click here and show folk's just how anticipated the release is by voting for "Rebel Within" as the album YOU are most looking forward to this week!
::: June 30, 2010 :::
Thanks to all the Canadian fans that came out for the recent tour!
::: July 24, 2010 :::
East coast tour dates are shaping up. Dates will be posted to the tour section as they are confirmed. Git some!
::: July 30, 2010 :::
The site has been updated with new graphics - if you are having issues viewing any page, hit refresh on your browser, or purge your internet files.
::: August 16, 2010 :::
A four part series of webisode videos, entitled "Wild Life", which features III has began on Field & Stream's website.
The series is in partnership with Kawasaki, and their Wild Life Teryx RUV Sweepstakes, in which a Kawasaki Teryx 750 FI 4x4 will be given away. Each webisode will feature a few days of Turkey hunting and fun from a private ranch in Tennessee, owned by Hank Williams JR. Alongside III for the videos will be friend Kyle Turley, who has previously toured with III.
Stop by the above link to Field & Stream's site to tune into the series and be sure to enter the Sweepstakes as well!
::: August 26, 2010 :::
As the latest East Coast tour kicks off for III/Assjack, so does news of a new Arson Anthem release, scheduled for October 12. This time around, Arson Anthem will be laying devastation with a full release of 17 songs, entitled "Insecurity Notoriety". Stop by Houscore Records and the Arson Anthem myspace page for more info! "
- Track List -
Naught / Foul Pride / Isolation Militia /
More Than One War / Insecurity Notoriety /
Pretty Like That / Initial Prick / Crippled Life /
Polite Society Blacklist / If You Heard This You Would Hit Me /
Hands Off Approach / Has Been-Has Been / Primate Envy /
Death of An Idiot / Codependent and Busted / Kleptomania /
Teach the Gun To Love the Bullet
Arson Anthem is: Vocals-Mike IX Williams, Drums-III,
Guitar-Philip H. Anselmo, Bass-Collin Yeo
::: September 10, 2010 :::
The third installment of "The Wild Life with Hank III" is now available on the Field & Stream website. Stop by and check out who wins between III and Kyle Turley in a contest on the trap range...
::: September 16, 2010 :::
Tour dates for October are being confirmed - check the Tour Section for updates.
::: October 26, 2010 :::
The fourth installment of "The Wild Life with Hank III" has been posted to the Field & Stream website.
::: November 10, 2010 :::
A couple of new shirts have been added to the Hellbilly section of 3Bay (Jekyll/Hyde Skulls red print, Tore Up and Loud) as well as to the Hellbetty section (Thermal and Road Dog Tee). The Specials section has also recently added a Tennessee Flood shirt along with a grab bag work shirt. And just in time for Winter, a new style zip-up hoodie has been added to the Gear section.
::: 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 :::
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.
::: December 21, 2008 :::
Tour dates are rolling in with Those Poor Bastards as supporting band. Check the Tour section for more details.
::: November 15, 2008 :::
The IBWIP Podcast which was recorded at the Metal Farm Magazine
Release Party that featured Hank III and the Reinstate Hank Campaign is now available for download.
As always, be sure to stop by the Reinstate Hank campaign site for recent news concerning the efforts to reinstate the legendary Hank Williams as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
::: October 16, 2008 :::
III was one of four outlaws chosen to test drive new RUVs through wild wind and tough terrain at the Glen Helen Raceway for Side By Side Action Magazine's Battle of the Builders 2008, that focused on the Kawasaki Teryx.
The event was covered by LA Weekly - stop by their site for more photos!
::: October 10, 2008 :::
Come to a Hank III listening party near you! Check the blog on the Official Hank III & Assjack myspace page for more details.
::: September 15, 2008 :::
Just released today, III talks about the making of Damn Right Rebel Proud:
::: September 10, 2008 :::
Fasten yer seatbelts! We've just released two more video versions for "Long Hauls and Close Calls" - which will be the first single from the much anticipated, self produced, Hank III release of "Damn Right Rebel Proud".
- Muddin' Version -
- Hellbilly Version -
::: September 9, 2008 :::
Recently, a meeting of the outlaws took place in Paris TN for the filming of "The Wild and Wonderful Whites". White family friend and Producer Storm Taylor has teamed up with Director Julien Nitzburg (The Wild World of Hasil Atkins) to make a documentary about the legendary Jesco White and his family. "We have been following the family for about a year now. As you can imagine...It has been quiet a ride. I felt that that there was absolutely no way that we could truly complete this project without the support and music from Hank 3" said Storm Taylor in a recent interview. After a few months of planning, Hank III had a brief afternoon entertaining the cast and crew at his Nashville home. He then took the crew to a more rural setting....as Hank Jr. played host to what can be called a 'once in a lifetime' weekend. "Just imagine a cabin, some beer, a pig roast, 4 wheelers, a pond, Hank III, Hank Jr, and Jesco White all rolled up into a big Hellbilly weekend ball...unimagineable" Storm said.
'"The Wild and Wonderful Whites" is scheduled to be released in early 09' for MTV Films. The documentary will feature a wide variety of music, including local West Virginia artists....and Hank III (of course).
For updates on additional filming and information about "The Wild and Wonderful Whites" please vist Storm's Myspace.
::: August 21, 2008 :::
Thrasher Magazine recently interviewed III and will publish the article in their next issue, which will be available at magazine racks on 9/8.
In other news, here is the official press release for Damn Right Rebel Proud from Mitch Schneider Organization :
Don’t look for any apologies on Damn Right Rebel Proud, the upcoming album from Hank Williams III. Filled with a self-described “Jekyll and Hyde” mix of disturbingly dark stuff and “good ol’ country,” the straight-talkin’ third-generation rebel’s new album is set for release October 21 via Sidewalk Records.
The first single is the mutated truckers’ tune “Long Hauls & Close Calls,” for which a video has been shot. III thinks of it as the album’s “crossover” track, explaining that “It’s got a little bit of the scream for the kids in black and a little bit of the banjo and dobro for the country folks.”
Damn Right Rebel Proud follows the fierce and edgy Straight to Hell (2006), which broke all the rules of country music while still managing to honor its traditions. “That was a big one for me, man,” III says of STH. “Rock kids that don’t listen to country understood it. That record really had an impact.”
The new album honors tradition here and there. “Wild & Free” has a rollicking, Buck Owens flavor; ”Me & My Friends” is “a standard, good ol’ country song;” the populist anthem “If You Can’t Help Your Own” addresses what’s goin’ on right now with the government;” and the closing “Workin’ Man,” a duet with the tune’s author, writer/artist/construction worker Bob Wayne, sounds like an Alan Lomax field recording from the 1930s.
Recorded in III’s east Tennessee home with friends over a two-week period, the album’s magnum opus is the 10-minute, shitkickin’ symphony in three movements “P.F.F.” (you can guess what it stands for), which he describes as “a high-energy, get-drunk singalong.” He dedicates it to archetypal shock rocker G.G. Allin (certainly a first on a Nashville album), who III understandably views as a spiritual brother in chaos. “The hobo kids, the train-hopping kids, they all love Hank Williams and G.G. Allin,” he points out. “And they’ve bled into our audience.” III’s crowd is a roiling mix of outsider subcultures, along with working folks and party-down college kids. “Most of the time everybody’s gettin’ along,” he says. “Most of the trouble we’ve had has been with the security, not the kids. I’m still tryin’ to keep one half happy and the other half satisfied by flip-floppin’ the shows” between stone country, punk and metal sets. “We’re just doin’ what we’re doin’, and people see the realness in that.”
There’s some disturbingly dark stuff on here, like “3 Shades of Black,” which climaxes with a bloodcurdling horror-core scream, and “Stoned & Alone,” III’s corrosive take on a cryin’-in-your-beer country ballad, aches like a hangover after a three-day bender. “My dad’s version of that song would be ‘The Pressure Is On,’” he says. “I still live for the road; I don’t live for a lady – I guess that’s part of the problem.”
But if you want really dark, check out “Candidate for Suicide.” “All the things I’m talkin’ about in that song – the rape, the drug abuse and feelin’ on the outskirts of life, as G.G. would say – that’s all true,” he acknowledges. “But just because you’re a candidate doesn’t mean you’re gonna go through with it. I’ve got no respect for anyone who tries to take the easy way out. Unless you can’t take care of yourself or stuff like that, I’m always standin’ for you to hold onto life as much as you can. There’s a huge amount of depression out there, and that’s really what the song’s about. ‘Candidate for Suicide’ is dark, but it’s not sayin’ do it; it’s just talkin’ about how it crosses your mind a good bit.”
::: August 15, 2008 :::
Various online music outlets now have the availability date for the collectors tin set for September 23 rather than the original release date of August 19. Be sure to stop by your local music store and preorder the collectors tin along with the upcoming CD"Damn Right Rebel Proud" - which is still set for a October 21 release. Along with the CD release there will also be a special packaged 12 inch vinyl LP of "Damn Right Rebel Proud" which will include the CD.
In other news - be sure to stop by 3bay, and check out the new black Damn Right Rebel Proud shirt in the Hellbilly section along with all the other official Hank III merchandise!
::: July 5, 2008 :::
Ya'll be sure to check out this site by Kawasaki, who has partnered with Hank III to tell the story of the Kawasaki Teryx "Side by Side's" capabilities.
III is part of the team of Teryx Outlaws that took the Kawasaki ATV's out for test runs, using them while off roadin', hunting, working, etc...Right now the site has clips up of III at the Haunted Ranch, giving the Kawasaki Teryx a Hellbilly workout, Turkey hunting with Hank Jr in Tennessee, and cattle herding in Missouri.
::: July 4, 2008 :::
The date is set!
The great state of Tennessee is gonna need to change it's state flag from 3 stars to III bars soon! The Hank III family is proud to announce the release of III's long awaited new album, "Damn Right and Rebel Proud" as October 21, 2008.
This album is again self produced and will shake the guns right offa your rack! The first single will be "Long Hauls and Close Calls" - for which a video has also been produced that is full of muddin', truckin' and gunnin'!
We thank our dysfunctional family for all of its support and patience in the release of this album.
:::...The updated track list for Damn Right Rebel Proud...:::
The Grand Ole Opry Ain’t So Grand / Wild & Free /
Me and My Friends / 6 Pack of Beer / I Wish I Knew /
If You Can’t Help Your Own / Candidate for Suicide / H8 Line /
Long Hauls and Close Calls / Stoned and Alone /
P.F.F. / 3 Shades of Black / Workin Man
::: June 23, 2008 :::
A true release date for "Damn Right & Rebel Proud" has been decided. This will have an official press release in the VERY near future. Thank you to everyone for your support, but for the time being there is no need to reach out to Curb about "Damn Right & Rebel Proud."
Rest assured that this new album is well worth the wait. Be ready for a few tracks that have been added to the track listing! It looks like the wind is finally at our backs, we are very excited to get the new record out and be back out there with the fans. This is all very triumphant news for all of us.
Thanks for all of your support! Many new photos have been added to the Tattoo, Artworks, and Road sections, along with a new section which includes photos from III's recent video shoot in Tylertown, MS.
::: June 10, 2008 :::
There will be a special collector's tin box release of the three previous Hank III CD's on August 19 by Curb Records. This collectors item is NOT being issued as new Hank III material. The upcoming CD, Damn Right Rebel Proud is coming soon.
::: June 9, 2008 :::
The latest Reinstate Hank rally that took place at CMA Fan Fair in Nashville was a huge success. III came out to help pass out Reinstate Hank postcards, get petition signatures, and even sell Reinstate Hank merchandise. Thanks to Layla at the Bluegrass Inn for letting us set up there to help spread the word.
You can view more news from the latest Reinstate Hank rally at reinstatehank.org as well as the campaign's official myspace page .
::: May 31, 2008 :::
“Reinstate Hank” rallies have been lined up for the CMA Fan Fair taking place in Nashville, TN. Rally times will be June 6th and 7th at noon-2pm and 4pm-6pm CMT. If you would like to take part in supporting the campaign by carrying "Reinstate Hank” signs, handing out postcards, or sharing information about the cause during this event, please visit reinstatehank.org for more information.
::: April 28, 2008 :::
New Reinstate Hank shirts have been added to the Hellbilly section of 3Bay, along with two specialty items added to the Gear section. New to the gear section are sun glasses with the III bars logo from our friends over at Electric Visual (see their ad for the glasses here) and just added today - the much anticipated III shield logo skateboard deck by longtime Hank III supporters, Sector9 Skateboards.
Be sure to stop by 3Bay for Official merchandise and reinstatehank.org for campaign information regarding the remittal of Hank Williams SR to the Grand Ol' Opry.
::: April 15, 2008 :::
All dates that have been released by various web sites for May have been postponed. If you recently purchased tickets, consult the location where you did so for information regarding their policy. Many outlets and venues may honor those tickets when the next tour does kick off - which we hope to be very soon. Please look only to our Tour section and official MySpace page for future shows and announcements. Once either is fully confirmed, they will be posted there.
::: April 2, 2008 :::
Thanks to everyone who came out for the Reinstate Hank Rally in Nashville on the the 29th and supporting the campaign. Your attendance and effort did not go unnoticed as evident in this article from The Tennessean newspaper. Watch reinstatehank.org for upcoming rallies and info.
Much respect to those of you who came out and got a lil' muddy at the video shoot as well! Once a few more projects are out of the way we'll get some photos up here - but for now, check out III's Myspace page for a visual.
::: March 20, 2008 :::
The first of many REINSTATE HANK rallies will take place Saturday, March 29th in Nashville, TN on the opening of "The Williams Family Legacy" exhibit at The Country Music Hall of Fame. The rally will take place roughly from NOON to 2P CST downtown around the HOF and up and down "Honky Tonk Row" prior to Hank Jr.'s Q&A and performance at 2P. Anyone, and everyone who wants to help out with the rally is more than welcome to come down and help out. If you are interested, please visit reinstatehank.org where you will find updates in the "Rally" section.
The Gear section of 3Bay has been updated with new Reinstate Hank Williams stickers - shirts and posters will be coming soon! Go git ya some!
::: March 11, 2008 :::
We have a launched a new website to aid in the campaign to reinstate Hank Williams to the Grand Ole Opry. Stop by and visit reinstatehank.org, bookmark it, and check back often as the site will be updated with various information about rally's and merchandise. You can also snatch up banners for your own website or myspace along with downloading desktop designs.
::: March 7, 2008 :::
A message from III...
ATTENTION ALL HELLBILLIES
I am looking for 50 to 60 people to come be part of a video we are shooting on march 29th and 30th.The theme is COME GET STUCK IN THE MUD WITH HANK III.
So, I am wanting to get some bad ass 4 x 4's rounded up that don't mind gettin dirty and pulled out by a tractor if they get stuck. Haaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!.
It's gonna be pretty laid back. We're gonna have a mud pit in the middle of a 50 acre field, a flatbed trailer, a bonfire and whichever Hellbilly's show up.
The location is gonna be on the Mississippi and Louisiana border. For those who are serious about coming to the shoot, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will send you a wavier that you will need to sign if you want to show up and be part of the video.
I will also provide you with the best towns to stay in for hotels and give you the exact location so you can start planning your route.
Serious inquires only to respond email@example.com
::: February 25, 2008 :::
3Bay is now being updated regularly. Item status for availability along with new items change frequently so don't forget to visit often for OFFICIAL Hank III merch. Don't get ripped off by various Ebay sellers. Official items are only found on 3Bay, and the merch table at shows.
Joe Buck, touring bassist for The Damn Band and Assjack is on tour performing his solo work. Stop by his official myspace site for tour dates and more info. Catch him if you can - it's one Hell of a show!
::: February 11, 2008 :::
Despite various rumors on other websites - the (hopefully) upcoming Hank III CD, tentatively titled, Damn Right and Rebel Proud, DOES NOT have a current release date. Quite simply, it is unfortunately tied up in the court system. If there is an official date, or announcement - it will be posted here.
The self-titled debut EP of Arson Anthem will be released February 19 to select music stores and online sites via Housecore Records; a label created by Philip Anselmo. Arson Anthem consists of Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual) on guitar, Mike Williams (Eyehategod) on vocals, Collin Yeo on Bass, and on drums is none other than Hank III.
01. Year Of The Fork
02. Doomed Morale
03. Bunker Life
04. Hammer Them Out
05. Wrecked Like Clockwork
06. Cops Shoot Coke
07. The Avoider
08. Sri Lankan Medication
Arson Anthem plays scathing hardcore punk in the vein of their forefathers Discharge, Void, Hellhammer, Black Flag, Heresy, and Minor Threat. It's fast, it's nasty, and it's VERY pissed off. Arson Anthem introduce the listener to painful amplification, raw production, and a true "fuck-all" attitude. Check out the band's official myspace page and the Housecore Records site for more info.
::: January 14, 2008 :::
3Bay is currently stocking up on Hank III and Assjack merchandise during the down time so be sure to give them a visit!