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Maverick - Original Classic Hits, Vol. 20

Hank Williams, Jr.

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Album Review

Williams's first album for the revived Capricorn label rocks harder than usual, even while he's evangelizing for country music. A good chuck of Maverick sounds like a cross between a roaring drunk and a Penthouse letter. There's also a great ghost story ("Cut Bank, Montana") and a really dumb novelty song ("Fax Me a Beer"). There's probably not a soul on earth who could pull off "Come on Over to the Country" but Hank — it's corny and obvious about everything country music wishes it was. But every time the slide guitar kicks in, he makes it all come true.

Biography

Born: 26 May 1949 in Shreveport, LA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The offspring of famous musicians often have a hard time creating a career for themselves, yet Hank Williams, Jr. is one of the few to develop a career that is not only successful, but markedly different from his legendary father. Originally, Hank Jr. simply copied and played his father's music, but as he grew older, he began to carve out his own niche and it was one that owed as much to country-rock as it did to honky tonk. In the late '70s, he retooled his image to appeal both to outlaw country...
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