Hank Williams III
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|Hank Williams III|
Hank III performing at Roskilde Festival 2012.
|Birth name||Shelton Hank Williams|
December 12, 1972 |
|Genres||Country, Punkabilly, Punk Rock, Heavy Metal, Outlaw Country|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist, drummer, banjist|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, banjo, yodeling|
|Associated acts||Assjack, Melvins, Arson Anthem, Superjoint Ritual|
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Shelton Hank Williams, also known as Hank Williams III and Hank 3 (born December 12, 1972), is an American musician, singer and multi-instrumentalist. The instruments he can play include guitar, bass, drums, banjo and vocals. In addition to his honky tonk recordings, Williams' style alternates between country, punk and metal. He is the principal member of the punk metal band Assjack, the drummer for the Southern hardcore punk band Arson Anthem, and was the bassist for Pantera singer Phil Anselmo's band Superjoint Ritual. He has released seven studio albums, including five for Curb Records. Williams is the grandson of Hank Williams and the son of Hank Williams, Jr.
Music career 
Early career 
Hank spent much of his early career playing drums in punk rock bands during the late 1980s and early to mid-1990s. Williams signed a contract with Nashville, Tennessee, music industry giant Curb Records. Three Hanks: Men With Broken Hearts was issued shortly thereafter, which spliced together recordings to make it seem that three generations of Williams men were singing alongside one another. In the late 1980s, upon first meeting Hank Williams III, Minnie Pearl, a friend of the late Hank Williams Sr., reportedly said "Lord, honey, you're a ghost," as she was astonished by his striking resemblance to his grandfather.
Risin' Outlaw and contract issues (1999–2004) 
Hank Williams III first solo album, Risin' Outlaw, was released in September 1999 to respectable sales and strong reviews. While his name (and his uncanny vocal and physical resemblances to his grandfather) could have guaranteed Williams a thriving country audience, he had little patience for the often predictable Nashville sound, nor for even the minimal constraints on behavior his promoters required. His opinions on this subject are well summed up in his songs "Trashville" and "Dick in Dixie."
Williams' live shows typically follow a Jekyll and Hyde format: a country music set featuring fiddle player David "DaveyMac" McElfresh and steel guitar player Andy Gibson, followed by a hellbilly set, and then an Assjack set. He plays both the country and the psychobilly with his "The Damn Band." Assjack produces a very different sound than either, mixing heavy doses of metalcore, psychobilly, and hardcore punk.
The lineup for Assjack includes the addition of supplemental vocalist Gary Lindsey, bassist Zach Shedd switching from upright to electric bass, and the departure of his fiddle and steel guitar players. DaveyMac's predecessor was fellow-fiddle-player Michael "Fiddleboy" McCanless, who would play all three sets, adding traditional violin for the country set of the concert before plugging his instrument into an amplifier and distortion unit for later sets. Fiddleboy passed away in 2003. Another former band member was guitarist Duane Denison, previously with The Jesus Lizard, who left The Damn Band and Assjack in January 2001 and later that year formed Tomahawk.
Williams has had significant contractual conflicts with Curb Records. He expressed dissatisfaction with his debut, and reportedly the label was unwilling to release his appropriately named This Ain't Country LP, nor to allow him to issue it on another record label. In response, Williams began making t-shirts stating "Fuck Curb." Also during this era, Williams played bass guitar in heavy metal band Superjoint Ritual, a now-defunct band led by former Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo.
Thrown out of the Bar and Straight to Hell (2004–06) 
In late 2004 Thrown Out of the Bar was slated for release, but Curb opted not to issue it. Williams and label executive Mike Curb would be in and out of court for the next year before a judge ruled in favor of Williams in the spring of 2005, demanding that Curb release the album. Shortly thereafter Williams and Curb came to terms, and Williams dropped his "Fuck Curb" campaign. Bar was reworked into Straight to Hell, released on Curb’s rock imprint, Bruc. Battles with Wal-Mart delayed the appearance of this album, which was released on February 28, 2006 as a two-disc set in two formats: a censored version (for Wal-Mart), and an uncensored version that was the first major-label country album ever to bear a parental advisory warning. One of the songs, "Pills I Took", was written by a little-known Wisconsin group called Those Poor Bastards, who originally released the song on their 2004 CD Country Bullshit.
Independent releases (2007–present) 
Williams released his long awaited punk-metal album AssJack on August 4, 2009.
Williams' former label Curb Records released This Ain't Country under the title Hillbilly Joker on May 17, 2011 without the consent or input from Williams after his contract with the label had been terminated. Williams told his fans, "Don’t buy it, but get it some other way and burn the hell out of it and give it to everyone."
On June 23, 2011, it was revealed through Williams' personal Facebook that he would be releasing four new CDs on September 6, 2011. It said to expect country, doom-rock, speed metal with cattle callin' on the releases. Entitled Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town (a 2 disc country record), 3 Bar Ranch Cattle Callin' (a metal record in the newly anointed cattle core genre) and Attention Deficit Domination (a doom-rock record), these new albums will be released on Williams's own record label Hank3 Records through Megaforce Records, and feature guest appearances by Tom Waits, Les Claypool (Primus), Alan King (Hellstomper), Ray Lawrence Jr., Troy Medlin (Sourvein), Dave Sherman (Earthride) and Williams' dog, Trooper.
On July 13, 2011, the track listing for the four upcoming albums were posted online.
On April 17, 2012, Curb released a Hank III album titled Long Gone Daddy, marking the second album the company has released under his name since his departure.
On March 4, 2013, On Hank 3's web site, it was announced that he is working on two new albums. Its been confirmed that there are at least 25 new songs.
Personal life 
Williams has two children, a son and a daughter. Williams was unaware of the existence of his son, the result of a one-night stand, until a court order was served to him owing $49,000 in unpaid child support when his son was three. The court-ordered child support is what prompted Williams to sign a country music label in 1996 after playing in punk bands for as little as $50 per night.
Unlike his father, Williams doesn't discuss politics publicly. When asked about his thoughts on his dad being ousted from singing the theme to Monday Night Football in 2011, Williams mentioned to TMZ.com that most musicians, including his dad, are "not worthy" of a political discussion. When asked about his own political views in the same interview, Williams mentioned that he's a musician, not a politician.
- Three Hanks: Men with Broken Hearts (1996)
- Risin' Outlaw (1999)
- Lovesick, Broke and Driftin' (2002)
- Straight to Hell (2006)
- Damn Right, Rebel Proud (2008)
- Rebel Within (2010)
- Hillbilly Joker (2011)
- Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town (2011)
- 3 Bar Ranch Cattle Callin' (2011)
- Attention Deficit Domination (2011)
- Long Gone Daddy (2012)
- Brothers Of The 4x4 (unreleased)
- A Fiendish Threat (unreleased)
Other appearances 
- Badlands: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska (contributing track: "Atlantic City") (2000)
- The Crybaby (The Melvins, vocals and guitar on "Ramblin' Man", vocals on "Okie from Muskogee") (2000)
- Driven Soundtrack (contributing track: "Hang On") (2001)
- Timeless: A Tribute To Hank Williams (contributing track: "I'm a Long Gone Daddy") (2001)
- Sharp Dressed Man: A Tribute To ZZ Top (contributing track: "Fearless Boogie") (2002)
- Dressed in Black: A Tribute to Johnny Cash (contributing track: "Wreck of the Old 97") (2002)
- Live in London... England (Dale Watson, backing vocals on "Country My Ass") (2002)
- Rise Above: 24 Black Flag Songs to Benefit The West Memphis Three (contributing track: "No Values") (2002)
- Use Once and Destroy (Superjoint Ritual, touring only bassist) (2002)
- Grand Ole Opry at The Ryman Auditorium: Tribute to Hank Williams Sr. (2003)
- A Lethal Dose of American Hatred (Superjoint Ritual featuring Hank III on bass) (2003)
- Stars & Guitars (Willie Nelson and Friends, backing vocals w/Keith Richards and Ryan Adams on "Dead Flowers") (2003)
- Touch My Heart: A Tribute To Johnny PayCheck (contributing track: "I'm The Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised") (2004)
- Dark Bar and a Juke Box J.B. Beverley vocals on "Lonesome, Loaded and Cold") and "Wayward Drifter") (2006)
- 50 Years Too Late (Joey Allcorn, vocals on "This Ain't Montgomery")
- Rebel Meets Rebel (Rebel Meets Rebel, vocals on "Get Outta My Life") (2006)
- Everybody Loves ANTiSEEN: A Loving Tribute to the Boys from Brutalsville (contributing track: "Ruby, Get Back to the Hills") (2006)
- For the Sick: A Tribute To Eyehategod (contributing tracks: "Take as Needed for Pain" and "Torn Between Suicide and Breakfast"; credited as The Unholy 3) (2007)
- Arson Anthem (Arson Anthem featuring Hank III on drums) (2008)
- Satan Is Watching (Those Poor Bastards, vocals on "Swallowed by Sin") (2008)
- Black Dog Yodel 7" (Those Poor Bastards and Skelton, vocals on "Black Dog Yodel") (2009)
- Insecurity Notoriety (Arson Anthem featuring Hank III on drums) (2010)
- The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia (2010)
- Rare Breed: The Songs of Peter La Farge (contributing track: "Marijuana Blues") (2010)
- "Bloodworth" (as the character "Trigger Lipscomb") (2010)
- "The official website". Hank3. Retrieved 2011-09-14.
- Harris, Will. "A chat with Hank Williams III, Hank Williams III interview, Damn Right Rebel Proud, Assjack". Bullz-eye.com. Retrieved 2011-09-14.
- Popmatters music review
- "Metal News – Superjoint Ritual Is No More". Metalunderground.com. Retrieved 2011-09-14.
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- "Hank III in Billboard Top 10 For All The Wrong Reasons". Savingcountrymusic.com. Retrieved 2011-09-14.
- "Hank 3". Facebook. Retrieved 2011-09-14.
- "Hank Williams Jr.'s Son - My Dad Should NOT Talk Politics". TMZ.com. 2011-11-22. Retrieved 2011-11-27.