DETROIT, MI -- Hank Williams Jr. is a year-old firecracker, born in How would you describe your relationship with him and how it has grown over the years? What does the future hold for you, your son Hank III and your. Shelton Hank Williams, also known as Hank Williams III or Hank 3, feels the . At the time, I figured if he worked with Hank Jr., then he knows a little about rebelliousness and things like that. We have a great relationship. Hank Williams, Jr., when you hear the name you may automatically think 3) Hank has a half-sister from his mother Audrey's previous Hank Sr. had a brief relationship between marriages with a woman named Bobbie Jett.
And while he played his share of "country" gigs to support it, Williams also appeared at the Vans Warped Tour alongside punks like Rancid. The irascible III also dismissed Outlaw as a label-controlled fiasco almost immediately after its release. Thrown Out of the Bar, his third honky tonk album, was scheduled for release inas was the long-awaited This Ain't Country.
Additionally, Hank III issued extremely limited-edition releases through his website often in quantities of or less and continued to play bass in Superjoint Ritualthe brutal side project of Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo. The double-disc Straight to Hell was released in March on Bruc Records Curb's attempt to disguise their participation in the album.
The first CD contained songs with elements of traditional country warped to fit Hank III 's rebel attitude, while the second disc boasted only one song that featured just IIIhis guitar, ambient noises, and a slight story that those coming down from drugs might enjoy. His fourth and supposedly final album for Curb, The Rebel Withinfollowed in the spring of And in a move that hardly pleased Hank IIICurb next repackaged This Ain't Country, the oft-bootlegged project that started the acrimony between III and the label in the first place, with additional unreleased material thrown in, as Hillbilly Joker in In the fall ofWilliams announced he was forming his own label, Hank3 Records, and launched the imprint with three albums released at the same time: In OctoberHank III released another pair of albums through his own label, the two-disc country album Brothers of the 4X4alongside the hardcore cowpunk release A Fiendish Threat.
Curb Records, meanwhile, continued to keep ill will flowing between themselves and their former artist; Ramblin' Mana minute album of country-oriented tracks Hank III primarily recorded for various tribute albums, was released in the spring ofand a year later Curb using the Bruc alias dropped a punk and metal-leaning set, Take as Needed for Painwhich was similarly pieced together from tribute albums and studio outtakes. As he had done with Curb's previous post-contract albums, Hank III encouraged his fans not to buy the albums in messages on his website and social media accounts, suggesting they burn copies borrowed from friends instead.
The rest of the show, however, I change it up. So being different and outside of the box, marching to my own drum, has given me a unique identity.
Les Paul or Eric Clapton for instance, they could play rock, country and the blues. Even my grandfather played rock and roll back in the day before it was even coined rock and roll. Did you know going into the deal you would have to compromise who you are?
I was 12 years old. Since he worked with my dad for so long, I thought he was going to be way cooler to work with than he turned out to be. At the time, I figured if he worked with Hank Jr. For instance, look at Tim McGraw. They are sued him, raking his name through the coals in a big lawsuit. That says it all. Come on, are you really going to be that greedy? Mike Curb was a better politician than he ever was a musician.
Do you think you were initially signed to Curb because they thought they were getting a hybrid of your dad and grandfather? Here is the main reason I went to Curb. I had a manager at the time named Jack McFadden. Jack had Johnny Paycheck for 20 years, Buck Owens for almost This woman had waited three years to tell me I had a son. On stage, I was served paternity papers and they took me to court.
Talk about putting a loaded gun to your head. I had no choice but to sign with Curb Records. So yes, I got into bed with Curb for the money aspect of it. I figured I could later on do rock and mix it up again. The first two to four years of my career, I was strictly doing family shows, fairs, casinos, all these safe shows, until I got the majority of the back child support paid off.
I will show you what kind of a real job it can be. I wanted to rock out at first, then do my country and grow old with my country fans. But I had that reversed on me, and it actually worked out for the best. It helped me forge a unique career, helped me carve my hillbilly sound and it made it a little more special. Getting back to the point however, the reason I signed with Curb was to take care of my son, and get the monies straightened out with the mother.
How has that worked out over the years with your son? We have a great relationship. Congratulations on doing what you had to do. Then I started being a rebel. The thing is, those kinds of issues are always there. Your family history — have you ever felt it was an albatross around your neck? Obviously I never met my grandfather. I only know him like any other Hank Williams fan knows him, through his music. As for Hank Jr. I just was never that close to him.
I was raised more by my mama and her father up in Missouri. I am proud of where I come from.
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You seemed to have handled the burden of the family name quite well. There is a guy named Don Kelly who has been playing lower Broadway for over 28 years here in Nashville.
He told me recently that I was the same guy he met when I was 15 years old playing around town. Little things like that give you the confidence to keep going. I have had my heroes jerk me around, snub me, and I never wanted to be like that to my fans, or my friends. I feel fortunate to still be in a line of work I truly love doing. I am sure that scenario is a double whammy when you carry the weight of two historic names on your shoulders.
You met with the hard rock label Megaforce Records and explained your vision to them.
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Can you tell me what it is you said to them that they fully understood? I do all kinds of work and I am going to make quite a few different records.
If I wanted to make sci-fi records then let me. If I went country with one, then respect me enough to allow that to happen.
I want to work with people that are proud to work with me. I liked Megaforce because they were small and it felt more grassroots to me. I play music because I love it.
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I march to my own beat and they identified with that. It is one thing to be different Hank, but you can take the vision too far. They ended up suing him and fans stayed away from Neil in droves because he had taken his vision to the extreme. There are no rules with what I do. At the end of the day, I make music for myself. People know I am a fan of way too many styles of music to ever worry about that — especially in this day and time.
There are too many types of extreme music out there, and to be honest, my fans are pretty extreme. On this last record I put out, there are about five country songs on it.