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Hank Williams III

As the grandson of Hank Williams and the son of Hank Jr., Hank Williams III was country music royalty before he ever sang a note. But he didn't immediately follow his forebears musically, choosing instead to bang around the Southeast, playing drums in punk and hardcore combos and smoking prodigious amounts of weed before he began pursuing a career in country music. It was the outlaw spirit of his lineage, alive and unwell and floating in the bong water, and he earned a reputation as one of Nashville's biggest rebels, more than living up to his lineage.

Shelton Hank Williams III was born December 12, 1972, in Nashville, Tennessee. Williams lived the life of a nomadic punk rocker early on, but that changed when a court settlement decreed that Hank owned a large backlog of child support, and the judge instructed Hank to find more reliable employment. Circumstances forced Hank III onto to the straight and narrow, and in 1996 he signed a contract with Music City giant Curb. The label issued Three Hanks: Men with Broken Hearts, which brought the voices of all three generations of Williams men together via the ghastly miracles of modern technology. It was about as far from what Hank III wanted as he could get and signaled the beginning of his stormy relationship with Curb.

Williams was in a tight spot. While his name, face, and uncanny vocal resemblance to his grandfather almost guaranteed him a thriving country audience, he had no patience for Nashville's squareness and rigid control. Hank and his Damn Band could wow a crowd with a spot-on set of gorgeous country balladry and spirited honky tonk. But III could just as easily shift gears into screeching Black Flag-style punk rock with his hard-rocking combo Assjack. He was the kind of anomaly enormous record companies couldn't stand -- eminently marketable, yet defiantly unpredictable.

Curb issued Hank III's proper debut in September 1999. Entitled Risin' Outlaw, it presented 13 rough-hewn country numbers colored by III's honky tonking vocals. And while he played his share of "country" gigs to support it, Williams also appeared at the 2001 Vans Warped Tour alongside punks like Rancid. The irascible III also dismissed Outlaw as a label-controlled fiasco almost immediately after its release. After a few years of touring and trying like mad to be released from his Curb contract, III returned to wax in early 2002 with Lovesick, Broke & Driftin'. While Outlaw had featured material from outside writers, the new LP was all Hank III but for a previously released cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City." He also produced, recorded, and mixed it by his lonesome in just two weeks.

At this point, Hank III's relationship with Curb became even more strained. The label refused to release his appropriately named This Ain't Country LP, which featured songs like "Life of Sin" and "Hellbilly." At the same time, Curb refused to grant Hank III the rights to issue it on his own. He and the record company reached an impasse, which III only exacerbated with the "F*** Curb" T-shirts he sold through his thriving website. Thrown Out of the Bar, his third honky tonk album, was scheduled for release in 2003, as was the long-awaited This Ain't Country. Additionally, Hank III issued extremely limited-edition releases through his website (often in quantities of 100 or less) and continued to play bass in Superjoint Ritual, the brutal side project of Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo.

The double-disc Straight to Hell was released in March 2006 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 III, his guitar, ambient noises, and a slight story that those coming down from drugs might enjoy. Ever in the outlaw mode, Hank III released Damn Right, Rebel Proud in 2008. His fourth and supposedly final album for Curb, The Rebel Within, followed in the spring of 2010. And in a move that hardly pleased Hank III, Curb 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 2011.

In the fall of 2011, Williams announced he was forming his own label, Hank3 Records, and launched the imprint with three albums released at the same time: A Ghost to a Ghost/Guttertown, a two-disc set of raw country tunes; a doom metal set called Attention Deficit Domination; and Cattle Callin, credited to 3 Bar Ranch, which married recordings of cattle auctioneers with speed metal tracks. III was still touring in support of his new albums when Curb managed to get an eighth album out of a lapsed six-album contract by releasing another set of previously unreleased material, Long Gone Daddy (mostly outtakes from 1999's Risin' Outlaw and 2002's Lovesick, Broke & Driftin') in the spring of 2012. In October 2013, Hank III released another pair of albums through his own label, the two-disc country album Brothers of the 4X4, alongside the hardcore cowpunk release A Fiendish Threat.

Curb Records, meanwhile, continued to keep ill will flowing between themselves and their former artist; Ramblin' Man, a 27-minute album of country-oriented tracks Hank III primarily recorded for various tribute albums, was released in the spring of 2014, and a year later Curb (using the Bruc alias) dropped a punk and metal-leaning set, Take as Needed for Pain, which 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. ~ Johnny Loftus & Steve Leggett
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This ain't April
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3 rocks to an ole school sound.Anyone who doesn't like it probably listens to that rap s**t
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I commented earlier, saying that three was good, but not as good as his daddy and granddaddy. I'm not so sure anymore... Hank 3 kicks a**!
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Luvin me some Hank3
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One of the best country singers of all times
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This man is one real badass.
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Good song.I'd like to hang out in his haunted ranch, wonder if Les would show up?
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My best friend is colt 45
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F**k yeah rebel southern Texas
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I got a email from Pandora saying ive listened to over 2000 songs on this station hell yeah. Every one now days listens to this pop country and i laugh and tell them i listen to all 3 hanks Johnny Waylon coe and wade real country none of that sappy my girlfriend left me s**t None of that pop s**t so hank Williams Sr jr 3 thank you for everything
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he sings straight from the heart
lov lov lov him !!!!!!!
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Best ever hank iii the realist outlaw oh yeah!!
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Best singer-songw r i t e r ever
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Sounds just like his grandpappy with twist of his daddy this classic honky tonkin music
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Hank III is a bad a**
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tommytitanfa n
III RULES
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I didn't like Hank 3 at first. But I've been starting to get into him, listening to his radio station a lot lately. Not as good as Sr. or Jr., but still great!
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scmontecarlo
The only thing that gets me through the day is listening to Hank the third radio station on Pandora
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reverendceo
You may be a different kind of music than your dad and granddad; but you have you're own style. Thanks Hank 3rd for the music. God Bless.
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roll me up and SMOKE me when I die....
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my66imp
Kicked out one time? Whoops! Guess Missoula mt. Couldn't handle this red neck! Lol
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my66imp
Seen hank 4×. Awesome!! Talked to him 3! My 13 yr. Old met hank twice! He is my sons idol! Thanx for pics!
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Hank plz come to Tyler, Texas. I got to see u live in concert. Love ur music mam keep a rockin.
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bglemin
So pissed that more of your songs aren't available for karaoke :( I Don't Know is awesome but the only one that I've found. Brother your songs are after my own heart...you kick cuntry a$$ and I love it!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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horns up hank u the f**king man I got the privilege to c u n Dallas I hope u come to Memphis
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buhmdogg
If his dad was smart he would try and do some shows with 3 or mix it up and do some 3 songs in his set.
I'm just sayin.
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be true to who you are shelton hank williams we love your music and wouldnt want you any other way no matter what your dad and kid say although theyre awesome as well
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Punch Fucc Fight
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!!!!!!!!!!$$ ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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emolinapc
87 South
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timzplaylist . i s
....and f--- a bunch of my mispelling . Leave it to those who mean it and I do.
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timzplaylist . i s
111 aint only singin'he's livin' every word of his pure bonfire,blun t rollin,pill poppin,dope smokin ,whiskey drinkin,moon s h i n e slingin, extension of his papaw's cultureall magnificance .
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nicko252008
I thought this was Wayne the train hancock for a second awesome!
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Punch Fight F**k
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Hank 3 muthaf****s! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Gotta listen to a little bit of the 3rd. Yes great song.
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one cool dude. got to hang with him a lill too back in the L8 9inetys'... HoOOoT!!!
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darrenwoodma n s e e
Keep killing it !!!!!
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Travel your own road and sing your own life, independent and free with no anchor to slow you down... a wife to understand and friends who feel the same..fast cars and faster dreams.....l i f e is short so make the days longer..take care my friend
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Hell yea
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dall_jessica
Man I love this guy and his music
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If it weren't for this man and his Father and Grand-daddy, I could not have survived touring as an independent artist. Hanks music and melodies allow me to relax, smile and drift away in my thoughts...a n escape from my daily fears of not knowing where my next meal may come from or breaking down and wondering if I'll make it to the next town. Thanks Hank for sharing your talents. You're a huge inspiration to the independent traveling artists. ....Bryce "The Govna" Graves of Hellzapoppin Circu
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Doin time sucks for sure. Hanks voice really brings miserable memories back
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Keep plowing that row....cool water is at the end.
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Never let's me down...hell yah hank you the illist and realist rebel ...!!! Marquee Theater Tempe AZ 2012!!! For the few
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atx1984atx
WTF is wrong with jaxjaxson!? Jesus! Its like the guy was wasted & posted a zillion texts . haha
Anyway, Yea Hank 3 is good s**ts! Keep it coming brother & let's send these thug types back to their country of origin....af r i c a ! Cause all they're doing is causing us lots of problems! I like sugar & I like tea! Kick'na$$ & taking names HANK¡¡¡ O¡ from Texas!
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Hank 3 makes me one happy country woman ! These mountains were made for playin in . My brother is building a hell of an amphitheater close to Chattanooga and it would be so bad a** if one of these days I could get hank III . I need to get my four wheel dr Van back and drive my a** up to Nashville and ask him myself when it comes time! F**kin thank you mr. III
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Please god willing let there be a fourth to please us all.
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