Hank Williams III, also known as Hank III (stylized with a modified Black Flag
logo as Hank's official logo), is a Country Music
artist who performs in the Alternative Country
subgenre. The son of Hank Williams, Jr.
and grandson of the legendary Hank Williams
. Hank III is noted for his strong vocal and physical resemblance to his grandfather
Hank III started out as a Punk Rock
and Heavy Metal
musician before starting his Country Music career on Curb Records, a relationship that is understandably a sore point due to Curb's Executive Meddling
. While signed to Curb, he gained a cult following for his live shows, which combined Outlaw Country, Punk-Country and Country-Metal
fusions, capped with a performance by Hank's Death Metal
With his live band, he recorded a Country Metal album called This Ain't Country
, which Curb outright refused to release. After publicly boycotting Curb, Hank III recorded an Outlaw Country album called Thrown out of the Bar
, which Curb again refused to release, but was eventually reworked into the critically acclaimed album Straight to Hell
, which Curb agreed to distribute under a newly created sublabel, Bruc Records
Williams recorded two more albums for Curb, Damn Right, Rebel Proud
and Rebel Within
, who issued both albums under the Sidewalk Records label, which had defuncted in 1970, due to Curb's apparent outright refusal to have anything to do with Hank III's profane lyrics and Outlaw style. Following these albums, Hank finally got out of his contract with Curb. After Williams left the label, however, Curb pulled a dick move by releasing This Ain't Country
under the name Hillbilly Joker
without Hank's permission, ironically on Curb Records
, and also making no attempt to advertise the fact that it is a metal
album, not a country album.
In response to the unauthorized release of Hillbilly Joker
, Williams suggested that his fans download or trade the album rather than give their money to Curb
. Hank's been busy releasing albums independently on his own label, including a Country album (with appearances by Tom Waits
and Les Claypool
), a Doom Metal album and an album which fused Speed Metal
with sounds of an auctioneer and cattle.
- Risin' Outlaw (1999)
- Lovesick, Broke and Driftin (2002)
- This Ain't Country (recorded in 2003, released in 2011 without Hank's permission under the name Hillbilly Joker)
- Straight to Hell (2006)
- Damn Right, Rebel Proud (2008)
- Rebel Within (2010)
- Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town (2011)
- 3 Bar Ranch Cattle Callin (2011)
- Attention Deficit Domination (2011)
- Long Gone Daddy (2012)
- Canon Discontinuity - Risin' Outlaw. It's got good reviews, but Hank III hates it, and considers Lovesick, Broke and Driftin to be his real debut.
- Cover Song - Straight to Hell contains a few in the hidden track, including his grandfather, and Cheech And Chong.
- Identical Grandson
- Neo Classical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly - His music ranges from traditional, outlaw and alternative country to Country Metal, Heavy Metal and Punk Rock. The D.I.Y. aesthetic of punk is carried over to much of his music.
- Posthumous Collaboration: Three Hanks: Men with Broken Hearts, which combines vocals from Hank Sr. songs with newly recorded instrumentation and singing by Hank Jr. and Hank III. It was Hank Jr.'s idea. Hank III doesn't acknowledge this one. He probably agreed with one reviewer, who called it "morbid".
- Take That - "Just so you know, so it's set in stone, Kid Rock don't come from where I come from, yeah it's true, he's a Yank, he ain't no son of Hank, and if you thought so, well goddamn, you're fucking dumb"
- Dick in Dixie and Trashville are this to the modern country music scene.
- Theme Tune Cameo - During the Straight to Hell hidden track, the melody of "Hillbilly Joker" is heard briefly played on guitar at one point.