Straight to Hell (album)

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Straight to Hell
Studio album by Hank Williams III
Released February 28, 2006 (2006-02-28)
Recorded December 2004—January 2005
Genre Neotraditional country
Outlaw country
Length 1:27:56
Label Bruc
Producer Hank III
Joe Buck
Andy Gibson
Hank Williams III chronology
Lovesick, Broke and Driftin''
Straight to Hell
Damn Right, Rebel Proud
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link (very favorable) link

Straight to Hell is the third studio album by outlaw country/punk artist Hank Williams III. It was Williams' first release since settling a contract dispute with Curb Records and was one of the first releases on Curb's Bruc Records imprint. It was also the first ever country music release to merit both a parental advisory sticker on the package and a clean version of the album for more conservative retail outlets like Wal-Mart, due to language more suited to Williams' punk rock side and some repeated drug and alcohol references. On his website, Williams encourages fans to support independent record outlets that are more willing to stock the uncensored version of the album [1].

Espousing the Do-it-yourself (DIY) ethic more associated with punk rock, Williams recorded the double album at what was referred to in the liner notes as "a house with a good wooden room in East Nashville" (recently revealed to be the house III's steel player, Andy Gibson, was living in at the time[1]) with a $400 Korg D 1600 digital workstation, handling producing and engineering duties along with his longtime Damn Band members JoeBuck and Andy Gibson, although instead of a "Produced and Engineered by..." credit, the Williams/Buck/Gibson triad was instead credited with "Settin' up the mics, turnin' the knobs and recording this record". The results would inspire Williams to state that every musician should own their own workstation in order to take full control of their own music.

The first disc features Williams and his Damn Band along with a handful of professional guest musicians, and includes several tracks that Williams had been performing for years in his live show, including the infamous anti-pop-country anthem "Dick In Dixie" (better known to longtime Williams fans as "Let's Put The Dick Back In Dixie And The Cunt Back In Country", and omitted from the clean version of the album entirely). Also notable on the album is "Not Everybody Likes Us", where Williams openly insults Kid Rock, pointing out that neither Rock's association with Williams's father, Hank Williams Jr., nor Rock's being a "Yankee" would ever make him "the son of Hank".

The second disc features a rawer Williams performing the song "Louisiana Stripes" (described by one reviewer as "a worthy successor to Johnny Cash's 'Folsom Prison Blues'"[2]), as well as a "hidden" 42-minute track featuring a medley of other Williams compositions along with covers of his grandfather's "I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You", Cheech & Chong's "Up In Smoke" and Wayne Hancock's "Take My Pain", all linked with various soundbites and sound effects such as voice mail messages, passing trains, runaway horses, a creek, a funeral, pig snorts, backmasking and bong hits.

Fans who bought the album in participating independent record stores were given a free 12" picture disc that included the hidden track from disc two, split into two parts.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Satan Is Real / Straight to Hell (Medley)"   Charlie Louvin / Ira Louvin / Hank Williams III 3:08
2. "Thrown Out of the Bar"   Williams III 2:07
3. "Things You Do to Me"   Williams III 2:22
4. "Country Heroes"   Williams III 3:29
5. "D. Ray White"   Williams III 3:47
6. "Low Down"   Williams III 3:24
7. "Pills I Took"   Wyatt G. Hellickson 2:31
8. "Smoke & Wine"   Williams III 2:36
9. "My Drinkin' Problem"   Randy Howard 2:42
10. "Crazed Country Rebel"   Williams III 3:09
11. "Dick in Dixie"   Williams III 2:37
12. "Not Everybody Likes Us"   Williams III 4:30
13. "Angel of Sin"   Williams III 6:07
Total length:
Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Louisiana Stripes"   Williams III 3:28
No. Title Writer(s) Length
2. "I Could Never Be Ashamed of You"   Hank Williams 42:00
3. "Smoke & Wine (Slowed Down Version)"   Williams III  
4. "Alone & Dying"   Williams III  
5. "On My Own"   Williams III  
6. "Back by My Side"   Williams III  
7. "Take My Pain"   Wayne Hancock  
8. "What's His Name"   Williams III  
9. "Loaded 44"   Williams III  
10. "Up in Smoke"   Cheech Marin / Tommy Chong  
Total length:

Vinyl Release[edit]

Double vinyl Gate fold was also released for this album, it contains slightly different art-work than the cd release and it also notes the 42 minute hidden track from disc two, but doesn't contain Louisiana Stripes as on the cd release.

Musical personnel[edit]

  • Hank Williams III - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric tic-tac bass, fremelo guitar, phaser guitar, shouts, bong
  • Joe Buck - electric bass, stand-up bass, mandolin, accordion, guitar, electric tic-tac bass, shouts
  • Andy Gibson - steel guitar, Dobro, Hawaiian steel guitar
  • Donnie Herron - fiddle, claw-hammer banjo
  • Johnny Hiland - electric guitar
  • Shawn McWilliams - drums
  • Randy Kohrs - Dobro, steel guitar, backing vocals
  • Tim Carter - banjo
  • Eric B - guitar
  • Tia Sprocket - backing vocals
  • Rod Janzen - electric guitar
  • Joe Fazzio - drums
  • Travis "Skunky" Gillespie - harmonica

Technical personnel[edit]

  • Hank Williams III - recording engineer, mix engineer
  • Joe Buck - recording engineer
  • Andy Gibson - recording engineer
  • Jim Lightman - mix engineer

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 17
U.S. Billboard 200 73


  1. ^ Coroneos, Kyle. "Q & A with Andy Gibson". Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  2. ^ Flotat, Raymond. "Hank III (Straight to Hell) review". Retrieved 2007-11-07.