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The Thing About Hank3 and Why You Need To Buy His Music

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Sideways-Swervers, Open-Nervers and Over-turners,

We posted this a while back and it has recently come to our attention that Ole’ Hank is not going to release any more records until you people start buying his others…in particular, the ones we pictured...A Fiendish Threat and Brothers of the 4X4…if you are fans and have been waiting for new tunes from the Hellbilly Joker, then tell your friends to click the Hank 3 Official tab at the top of the page and order it there…DO IT!!!

You should be able to find reviews of both records on this blog…read ’em!

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This one is for those of you who think ahead of the game. What we witnessed in the past few decades as american pop music sunk into a stinking slug-hole of stale stars singing shittilly. Hank3 made that same point as regards the country/western genre of american roots music. It was bad enough getting stuck with Achey-Breaky Heart being even described as country music…but to have to put up with the second generation spawn of talentless twits, the likes of Miley Ray Cyrus, is one indignity we prefer not to suffer. Billy Ray named her Destiny Hope Cyrus. We reckon ‘Miley Ray’ sounded a lot homier.

Just like those other blase’ “celebrities” before her who came through the Disney Mind Control Camp, TV-minded youths adore this young lady. Like the rest, she will likely be more well-known for being hospitalized than for any one song she…kaf, kaf…sang…?

On the other side of the coin ,you have somebody like Hank3 who remains largely unpromoted by the mass media and thrives by playing music and being a hands-on traveling man. He gets ignored by mainstream due to, as they said about Hank Williams, his attitude. Like he says, he doesn’t “do lunch.” Somehow, though, you can’t keep a good man down and a recent experience proved that.

Going for a walk yesterday morning, we saw a van in our parking lot with a “Hank3” sticker plastered prominently on the rear window. When we say the driver approach the van, we asked about the sticker and immediately made friends with ‘Will,’ who we are sure to see at west coast Hank3 concerts when his next record comes out. Will said he wished he could see Hank in the east, where he plays in bars and smaller clubs frequently. That is the only atmosphere we have seen him in, ourselves.

As we talked, Will mentioned Hank’s 2013 record Brothers of the 4X4. We expressed enthusiasm and then he told us about how he has a son, four years old, and when Will drives him someplace in the van, his son always makes him play Lookey Yonder Commin’, a rollicking, happy coon-treeing song and real slice of Americana. Think about that! Hank3 is known for his songs about drugging and boozing, women gone wrong, men gone worse, pills, thrills and his friends who have chilled…permanently. Here we have a four year old child influenced by this happy, tumbling song – which actually contains a lyric in which Hank cuts out the four letters of ‘fuck’ in the name ‘Bumfuck, Idaho!’ He sings, ‘Bum-BEEP, Idaho!’ We asked Will if he saw Hank do the song live and he affirmed to the positive so we asked if the audience yelled ‘fuck’ when Hank sang ‘BEEP’ in that song.

Will said, “No, but from now on, I am going to!”

And so are we! What we wonder, and is very likely, is if children all over the country are listening to Lookey Yonder Commin’? Maybe sharing it at school during music class sing-a-longs or while playing on the recess yard. Will they forget about it and rediscover it twenty years from now?

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Hank 3 short interview in current Culture Magazine

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Music-Minded Readers,
This is a partial reprint (tease) from the current issue (April 2014) of Culture Magazine. You can buy it or view it on the website at http://www.ireadculture.com
We cannot print the whole thing or else you may not go look at Culture and since they help us pay the bills, we agree with them! (photo credits to Hank 3 who personally prepared the bottom one. He is about ‘hands on’ as it gets in the entertainment business.)

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER, FOLKS, THE ONLY PLACE TO GET REAL MERCHANDISE DIRECTLY FROM HANK3 IN TENNESSEE AT http://www.hank3.com

also you will see the first paragraph twice…the first is how it appeared and the second it how it was submitted…we plead ‘not guilty’…screw it, we just put back the original lead as we wrote it. it is better than the magazine’s version…

By Michael Hendrick/April 3, 2014 03:13
LOUD AND PROUD
The Illustrious Legacy of Hank Williams III

The Williams and Carter/Cash families shaped traditional american music more than any others. The prolific output of Shelton ‘Hank’ Williams 3 may surpass that of grandfather, Hank Williams, who’s songs are standards worldwide. He died at age 29, a victim of his own fame. He played rock and roll for years before it had a name.
Fame and its trappings elude Hank3 as he eludes them. He will not ‘do lunch.’ He feels the hypocrisy of Music Row, as young Bob Dylan felt it in Manhattan’s Tin Pan Alley. The sheer volume of his catalogue will soon eclipse his grandfather’s (owned by Dylan btw. Hank3 doesn’t see a penny of it.)
He hopes not to have to tour into old age to pay for an oxygen tank. Repeatedly releasing multiple LPs of mixed genre on a single day, the experimental and deeply personal songs he creates will undoubtedly be recognized as more masterpieces of Williams genius. Tom Waits grew his avant-garde persona after playing out his ‘beat’ period. Similarly, we saw Hank shuck off the country style he was forced to adapt and go on to fully develop his Hellbilly sound. Waits has helped him along the way.
With two new LPs (three discs) out in 2013, Brothers of the 4×4 and A Fiendish Threat, Hank took a break to speak with Culture. We started with the recent change of marijuana laws in two states.

How do you feel about the evolution of cannabis legalization in Washington and Colorado?

People in Washington are okay but then if you go to Idaho you are being totally examined and could face a lot of jail time.

I myself have met a lot of folks that have gone through the pain of chemotherapy, people that have cancer and are going through chemo treatment and all the people it has helped. There are a million and one positive things going for it. You can get far more products out of hemp versus cutting down a bunch of trees. It used to be standard back in the day for people to grow it.

So many people do not need to be made examples of.

Here in Tennessee, I’ve heard that we’ve at least made movements to go towards legalizing. Over the years…
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