Hank Williams III is one outlaw. Just ask him, he"ll phone call you...actually, you yes, really don"t should bother, due to the fact that Hank III goes the end of his way to phone call us around his whiskey guzzling, dope smoking, hell raising ways on virtually every track of his 4th album, cursed Right, Rebel Proud. When Hank do it clear on Risin" Outlaw and Lovesick, broke & Driftin" the he had no use for the watered-down formula pablum the oozes the end of Nashville these days, that wasn"t till 2006"s straight to Hell the he made a document that really honored the hard-wired heart of a guy who play bass v Superjoint Ritual as soon as he wasn"t singing pure, unfiltered honky honk country. Cursed Right, Rebel Proud choose up where right to Hell left off, and also like the album it"s enthusiastically offensive sufficient that Curb documents has declined to put their surname on it, instead reviving the Sidewalk records imprint to keep a safe distance from songs prefer "Candidate for Suicide," "H8 Line," and "P.F.F" (which stands for "punch, fight and f -- -"). Native a music standpoint, cursed Right, Rebel Proud is every bit as heavy as straight to Hell; the weatherbeaten twang of Hank"s voice is the perfect instrument for his update honky tonk howl, and also his band (especially Andy Gibson on steel guitar and also Dobro and Johnny Hiland on lead guitar) cooks with gas, sounding tighter than ever and also roaring v enthusiasm in ~ a rate that would certainly send most nation acts turn off the rails. However lyrically, too much of the moment all Hank has to tell us is he"s messed up and ready to rearrange part faces, and also while these space inarguably standard themes in both country and also metal, that hasn"t uncovered enough methods to rework the formula to make the same message compelling because that 50 minutes. It"s precious noting 2 of the album"s ideal tunes space ones that uncover something else to focus on -- "The grand Ole Opry (Ain"t so Grand)" bring away Nashville"s most venerable school to task (with an excellent cause) for disrespecting Hank"s granddaddy and whitewashing country"s history, when "I Wish i Knew" is a broken-hearted lament that"s a first-class beer-drinking weeper. However when Hank bring away on the voice that a rape victim, litter a cookie monster howl end the story of a jacked-up trucker, or pays supposedly sincere homage come G.G. Allin (who wasn"t an outlaw so much as a psychopath -- simply ask the mrs he collection on fire), he overplays his hardcore hand and also sounds prefer he"s creating for a third-rate black metal band, and also Hank has actually made it clean he"s capable of much better things. Prior to Hank III provides his following album, possibly he should ask himself a inquiry Waylon Jennings posed countless years ago -- "Don"t you Think This Outlaw Bit"s Done obtained out that Hand?"
The cool Ole Opry (Ain"t so Grand)Wild & FreeMe & mine FriendsSix pack of BeerI Wish i KnewIf you Can"t assist Your OwnCandidate because that SuicideH8 LineLong Hauls and also Close CallsStoned & AloneP.F.F.3 Shades of BlackWorkin" Man