I know, I know, I know, every time I see Hank 3, I say it’s the best show I’ve ever seen. This was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. My cheeks are sore from smiling so much! Metal Wreckage put on a fantastic show. They checked us all in on the line that went around the corner and up the block to save time. I love that! Even with the long line, the crowd was much smaller than what I’m used to (though nothing has compared to the gazillions of people we saw at the Atlanta 2011 show).
BEST ALBUM: Outlaw Radio: Compilation Vol. 1 To me, it’s controversial to put a compilation on an all encompassing award. (My review here) But this cd still in my stereo and I like it so much, I bought a few more and sent them out to friends. It gave me gifts of new songs by artists I already know are awesome and introduced me to bands that I had no idea were awesome. Thank you Jashie P. for putting this out there. My favorite album as a whole is Jayke Orvis: It’s All Been Said. Jayke is one of the best our movement has to offer and he brings all his friends with him.
I first heard about this Hank III article from ChurchOfHank.com and ordered 2001: The Best American Magazine Writing book used on Amazon. These are the ASME (American Society of Magazine Writers) awarded articles. Getting an ASME is like a Grammy for magazine writers. The article is long and beefy and fantastic. It’s a snippet of what was happening in Hank III’s life a decade ago. You can find the online GQ article here.
The deathly pallor, the skeletal stance, the twangy voice, the love of good whiskey and bad women—it’s eerie to look at Hank Williams III without seeing this apparition of his legendary grandfather. Elizabeth Gilbert goes on the road with Nashville’s prodigal grandson and witnesses his ascent to stardom and his descent into despair.
Me and the grandson of Hank Williams are sitting in some honky-tonk dive in downtown Nashville, listening to some mediocre band churn through some weepy old set of country-music standards. The grandson of Hank Williams bears the Christian name Shelton Hank Williams, but he is better known around these parts as Hank-3, so that’s why I call him that. Me and everyone else in this bar. Who have all recognized him on sight. Hank-3 is a little hard to miss, mind you. He’s the only six-foot-two-inch, 144-pound, twangy-voiced, heavily tattooed, longhaired skeleton walking around Nashville these days who looks exactly like Hank Williams. And you cannot hide the face of Hank Williams in this town. It would be like if Elvis Presley had a dead-ringer grandson who someday tried to walk around Memphis without getting any attention. Not a chance. Heads would turn, jaws drop.
A flood of awesomeness is coming from the Hank III camp. First and foremost, he will be gigging with Asskjack here next month. Because he keeps the ticket prices so low ($23), we get to see him twice. (You can find the tour schedule here.) This is the last tour he’ll do with Curb Records and everything will change on December 31st. It sure has been an great ride so far. He hasn’t had the easiest of lives and it’s all laid out in front of us through his lyrics and interviews. He’s followed in the artistic footsteps of his lineage and masters like Henry Rollins and all the other great performers that do it 110% from their soul, regardless of what industry had to say.
Because of life-happens circumstances, he’s been bound in a tough record contract for the past decade+. Fighting tooth and nail, he’s had to carve out his own way and bring up his friends with him. I wonder if he’ll take off the dog chain around his neck on New Year’s Eve.
What a show! We went down to Nashville to check out the town and catch Hank III’s gig at Layla’s which only fits a couple hundred people. The weather was freezing and icy but it gave us the town mostly to ourselves. We checked out a bunch of bars and heard lots of musicians. Hank III & the Damned Band played for over three hours. It was awesome. His fans are the coolest people you’d want to meet.
We also went to the Country Music Hall of Fame’s current exhibit Family Tradition: The Williams Family Legacy. It’s neat to see Hank’s stuff in a museum. We then headed over to Ernest Tubb’s Record Shop and beefed up our country heroes collection with Lefty Frizzell, Webb Pierce, Waylon, and others.
We had a blast and can’t wait to do it next year with better weather and a friend-of-hank approved list of honky tonks.
Hank Williams III Set List – Wednesday, January 6, 2010 – Layla’s Bluegrass Inn, Nashville, TN
Hank Williams III – Vocals, Andy Gibson – Steel Guitar, Sean McWilliams – Drums, David Mac – Fiddle, Zach Shedd – Sand Up Bass
- Me and My Friends
- Thrown Out of Every Bar
- Life of Sin
- Crazed Country Rebel
- I Don’t Know
- Six Pack of Beer
- Pills I Took
- On My Own
- Lookin For a Mountain *NEW*
- The Rebel Within *NEW(ish)*
- 5 Shots of Whiskey
- Long Hauls, Close Calls
- Blue Devil
- Mississippi Mud
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT &
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NYC
WHADDA SHOW! The energy was off the charts! Lucky Tubb and the Modern Day Troubadours were fantastic! It’s a testament of how talented all of these musicians are to be so good so often. Every show since my first Hank III experience at the Knitting Factory in 2005 I say it’s the best show I’ve ever seen. Last tour I got to meet and hang with him, Joe Coleman and Bob Tyrrell on the tour bus. I can’t really see it getting any better than that. This tour brought the heat.
COME ON METAL HEADS! This is the only METAL bar in Brooklyn! They even got an autographed Hank III poster!
This place is cool! We can’t let it die. WE JUST CAN’T! I’m just gonna bring my change bucket and drink ’til it’s empty.
Thurs. June 4th = 6 Day Bender @ Hank’s Saloon here in Brooklyn (FREE)
Sat. June 20th = Dead Prez @ Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival ($10)
Tue. June 23rd = Hank III & Assjack w/Lucky Tubb & The Modern Day Troubadours @ Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT ($20)
Wed. June 24th = Hank III & Assjack w/Lucky Tubb & The Modern Day Troubadours @ Music Hall of Williamsburg here in Brooklyn ($20)
Sat. June 27th & Sun. June 28th = Dave Brubeck Quartet, Saratoga Jazz Festival @ SPAC in Saratoga Springs, NY ($40 each day)
Thu. August 6th = Scott H Biram @ Union Hall here in Brooklyn
Fri. October 23 – Sunday Oct. 25th = WFMU Record Fair (dude, it’s Christmas in October!)
* Every Sunday is the African Drumming Circle at Drummer’s Grove in Prospect Park, Brooklyn (FREE)
*** If there are any shows that you know of that I’ll like and that are free or cheap, lemmie know by shooting me an email at gillian dot grey at yahoo dot com
The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, directed by Julien Nitzberg. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. Shoot-outs, robberies, gas-huffing, drug dealing, pill popping, murders, and tap dancing — what do these all have in common? The White Family. From executive producers Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine comes a shocking portrait of Boone County, West Virginia’s most notorious and surly family. Nitzberg spends a year with multiple generations of the White family in this outlandish doc featuring the family’s dancing muse, Jesco White (star of the cult classic documentary Dancing Outlaw).
“The legend of D Ray White will never die like a rebel yell” – Hank III