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Straight to Hell

Hank Williams III

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The album opens with a rendition of the Louvin Brothers’ “Satan Is Real,” sounding so spot-on that it could easily be mistaken for the original 1960 version. That is until the song stops after the first verse to segue into the Williams penned title-track, a honky-tonkin’ up-tempo number with stellar country instrumentals and of course, lyrics about hard drinking and hellraising. Most of the songs that pepper Hank III’s third studio album are about alcohol and other various vices which may account for why Straight to Hell is the first-ever country music album to get slapped with a parental advisory sticker and an edited version for Wal-Mart shoppers. “Thrown out of the Bar” brags of doing too much LSD and hanging out with David Allan Coe, while “Pills I Took” plays with a twangy front-porch shuffle and lyrics about abusing pharmaceuticals. And the fast pickin’ country-punk ditty “Smoke & Wine” waxes on weed and wine. The slow-burning and tremoloed “Country Heroes” takes a detour from the mayhem to reflect on those bygone troubadours of twang who have inspired the nouveau outlaw songs of Hank III.

Customer Reviews

Not Everybody Likes Him

This album contains much of the material that Hank III has been playing live for years but couldn't release due to artistic restrictions from his label. It's been a long time in coming and worth the wait. He's one of the only few true country musicians left and does his own thing just like his granddaddy and daddy did. Killer album from an authentic country artist...

What is needed

This album is just flat out awesome. It is better than any of the country played on mainstream radio, if you want to hear real country then you need this album. Hank III has been doing his own thing for years, paying dues, and these songs are his best yet. This what is needed in country music today, which is in a very sad state, but this album, and this artist is keeping it alive, have a listen you will not be dissappointed.

Like fine wine...

...Shelton (Hank III) keeps getting better with age. As he says "I"m here to put the c^unt in country, and the d!ck in dixie". This cd really captures the essence of his incredible live shows. Hank is what country once was and should be. He's more Willie, Waylon, and the boys than he is Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, and Keith Urban. Awesome cd, if you've never listened to him before, give it a try!

Biography

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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