Habits Old and New

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Habits Old and New
Hank Williams Jr. Habits Old and New Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by Hank Williams Jr.
Released June 1980
Genre Country, outlaw country
Length 34:37
Label Elektra/Curb
Producer Jimmy Bowen
Hank Williams Jr. chronology
Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound
Habits Old and New
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]

Habits Old and New is a studio album by country music artist Hank Williams Jr. and was released under Elektra Records/Curb Records in June 1980. Habits Old and New was Williams' third full-length album in a fourteen-month span, following Family Tradition and Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound that were released in April and November 1979. It was also his fifth album on the Elektra/Curb label.


The album was not as critically acclaimed or commercially successful as Family Tradition and Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound. It peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and produced two Top 20 singles. The first single released was a modern and up tempo version of "Kaw-Liga", a song written by Hank Williams, Sr. and Fred Rose. It was released as a single after Hank, Sr.'s death in January 1953 and spent fourteen weeks at number 1 on the Billboard country singles chart. Hank, Jr.'s version wasn't as successful, eventually peaking at number 12 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. The follow up single was an original song of Hank, Jr. titled "Old Habits" that fared better, peaking at number 6 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Habits Old and New would eventually be certified Gold by the RIAA, making it his fourth career Gold album and his third consecutive Gold while signed with Curb.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Hank Williams Jr.; except where indicated

  1. "Old Habits" – 3:02
  2. "Dinosaur" (Hank Williams Jr., Bob Corbin) – 3:17
  3. "Kaw-Liga" (Hank Williams, Fred Rose) – 4:21
  4. "Here I Am Fallin' Again" – 3:37
  5. "The Blues Man" – 4:18
  6. "All In Alabama" – 4:01
  7. "The American Way" – 3:04
  8. "Move It On Over" (Hank Williams) – 3:05
  9. "Won't It Be Nice" (Hank Williams Jr., Merle Kilgore) – 3:08
  10. "If You Don't Like Hank Williams" (Kris Kristofferson) – 2:51


  • acoustic Guitar – Randy Scruggs
  • backing Vocals – Dennis William Wilson
  • backing vocals - Sonny Throckmorton
  • banjo – Bobby Thompson
  • bass – Joe Osborn
  • design – Denise Minobe
  • drums – Jerry Carrigan
  • drums - Larrie Londin
  • electric Guitar – Dan Eckley
  • electric guitar - Reggie Young
  • fiddle – Lisa Silver Reynolds
  • fiddle - Rufus Thibodeaux
  • horns – Muscle Shoals Horns
  • keyboards – Bobby Emmons
  • keyboards - Larry Knechtel
  • keyboards - Shane Keister
  • mandolin – Kieran Kane
  • rhythm Guitar – Leo Jackson
  • rhythm Guitar – Rock Killough
  • rhythm Guitar - Hank Williams Jr.
  • Keyboards – Hank Williams Jr.
  • steel Guitar – Dicky Overbey
  • backing vocals - Rock Killough
  • percussion – Dicky Overbey

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 4
U.S. Billboard 200 154
Canadian RPM Country Albums 7