Hillbilly Joker

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Hillbilly Joker
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Studio album by Hank Williams III
Released May 17, 2011
Recorded 2003
Genre
Label Sidewalk
Producer Dave Sardy
Hank Williams III chronology
Rebel Within
(2010)
Hillbilly Joker
(2011)
Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pop Matters 6/10 stars[2]
UR Chicago 3/5 stars[3]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]

Hillbilly Joker is the sixth solo album by country singer Hank Williams III. It was released on May 17, 2011.[5] The album was originally recorded in 2003 under the title This Ain't Country,[6] but Williams' label, Curb Records, refused to either release the album or allow him to issue it on another record label. An angry Williams began selling "Fuck Curb" T-shirts at his concerts, where he would play a number of songs from this release, notably "Hillbilly Joker" (retitled "Mississippi Highway" or "Go Fuck You"), "Life of Sin," "Hellbilly," and "Tennessee Driver." The latter track was eventually re-recorded for Williams' 2009 Assjack side project.

Eight years after This Aint Country's recording, and following Williams' 2011 acrimonious departure from the label, Curb suddenly elected to release the now-retitled album without any input from Williams, and promote it as "The New Hank Williams III Album." In response, Williams advised his fans "Don’t buy it, but get it some other way and burn the hell out of it and give it to everyone."[7]

Two songs from the original This Aint Country track ("Hang on" and "Runnin' & Gunnin") were not included in Hillbilly Joker; however, Curb released them three years later in the album Ramblin' Man. This album was made up of previously released material, as well as outtakes and covers of other artists' songs from tribute projects.[8] Much like Hillbilly Joker, Ramblin' Man was not authorized by Williams and his reaction to the release was to urge his fans not to buy it.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Hank Williams III.

No. Title Length
1. "Hillbilly Joker" 2:17
2. "I'm Drunk Again" 3:51
3. "Life of Sin" 3:12
4. "10 Feet Down" 4:08
5. "Pistol Packin'" 3:13
6. "Tennessee Driver" 2:14
7. "M.F.J." 2:31
8. "Now He's Dead" 2:59
9. "Drink It, Drug It" 3:01
10. "Hellbilly" 4:14
Total length: 31:39

Personnel[edit]

  • Hank Williams III – screams, acoustic guitar, bass, composer, electric guitar
  • Shawn McWilliams – drums
  • Michael McCanless – fiddle
  • Jason Brown – stand-up bass
  • Duane Denison – electric guitar

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 10
U.S. Billboard 200 62

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oquist, Kenneth E. (2011-05-17). "Curb Releases Hank Williams III's 'Hillbilly Joker' Much to His Chagrin". A&E Playground. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  2. ^ Haag, Stephen (2011-05-17). "Hank Williams III: Hillbilly Joker". Pop Matters. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  3. ^ Schwartz, Pawl (2011-05-17). "Hank Williams III – Hillbilly Joker". UR Chicago. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  4. ^ Deming, Mark (2011-05-17). "Hillbilly Joker". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  5. ^ Triggerman, The (2011-01-16). "Curb To Release Hank III 'Hillbilly Joker' Album". Saving Country Music. Retrieved 2011-07-03. 
  6. ^ "Hank Williams III Biography". CMT. Retrieved 2011-07-03. 
  7. ^ Triggerman, The (2011-06-03). "Hank III in Billboard Top 10 For All The Wrong Reasons". Saving Country Music. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  8. ^ http://www.savingcountrymusic.com/curb-records-to-release-hank-iii-ramblin-man-album