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Editors’ Notes

Hank Williams III may descend from country music royalty but his roots are in punk and hardcore as much as classic honky tonk. Representing the harder-edged side of his music, Hillbilly Joker collects material from the never released album (though bootlegged) This Ain’t Country, plus songs from his metal band Assjack (Williams also plays drums in the punk band Arson Anthem). Despite the hybrid nature of the release the songs fit together well and are performed by a smoking-hot band. Scorching psychobilly (title track, “Life of Sin”), hardcore (“Drunk Again,” “Hellbilly”), metal (“Pistol Packing,” “M.F.J.”), and death metal (the spooky “10 Feet Down”) all run together in an aggressive, brash, and raw release of power. His voice is equally as versatile shifting from sly and clear to demonic growls to hair-raising shrieks that sound like they’re coming from the bottom of a well. Those seeking Hank III’s twangy and traditional side must look elsewhere, but for those inclined, Hillbilly Joker is a chance to hear some of his previously unavailable hellbilly anthems.

Customer Reviews

Hank iii

Hank iii will always stand tall and keep on keepin on! Much respect for this mans work, he stands out more that anyone out their, overall another great album!!!!!

Love it.

It's like a combo of NIN and country music. I'm diggin it.

Old Material

It is bad to read people claiming that III has now sold out his country roots and what they do not realize is that Curb has had this album shelved since the early 2000's. So if he sold out, he did it a long time ago. This is a good album, would have been much better if it had been released in a timely manner.


Born: December 12, 1972 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

As the grandson of Hank Williams and the son of Hank Jr., Hank Williams III was country music royalty before he ever sang a note. But he didn't immediately follow his forebears musically, choosing instead to bang around the Southeast, playing drums in punk and hardcore combos and smoking prodigious amounts of weed before he began pursuing a career in country music. It was the outlaw spirit of his lineage, alive and unwell...
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