Hank3 Says “Brothers of the 4×4″ is a Traditional Country Record

August 23, 2013 - By Trigger  //  News  //  30 Comments

hank-3Hank Williams III struck out today for Texas on a 2 week tour that will take him through the Midwest and parts of the South ahead of the release of 2 new albums on October 1st: the double CD Brothers of the 4×4, and the punk-infused A Fiendish Threat. Over the last few years, country fans have come to expect a mixed bag from Hank3, whose veered more towards punk and heavy metal as time has gone on. His first two albums Risin’ Outlaw and Lovesick, Broke, & Driftin’ became staples of the early 2000’s neo-traditionalist movement, while 2006’s Straight to Hell is considered his opus, and the beginning of his move to a much harder sound.

His last “country” album Ghost to a Ghost/Guttertown had a decidedly Cajun flavor to it, but ahead of the release, Hank3 was warning people not to expect a tear jerking traditionalist country effort. “I’m just saying that out of respects to my fans. Some of the Cajun stuff has a country feel. But I at least have to say that to my fans, because it’s a new line for a Hank3 country record.”

While speaking to The Dallas Observer ahead of his show at the Rail Club in Ft. Worth, Hank3 struck a much different tone about what people could expect from the upcoming Brothers of the 4×4:

hank3-brothers-of-the-4x4It’s a traditional country record. It’s got your slow country songs if you need to get some bad emotions out. It’s got a couple of, you know, the not as sad kind of songs and a couple of songs that just aren’t really country but they’re kind of folky soundin’. When I make a country record, it’s always very important for me to have a banjo, steel and acoustic guitar, fiddle and a chicken pickin’ guitar on it. Those are really the deep roots of country music for me.

Hank3 wrote, recorded, produced, and played all of the drums and acoustic guitar on the new record, while using his stable of superpicking friends for all of the lead parts, including Andy Gibson, Zach Shedd, Billy Contreras, David McElfish, Daniel Mason, and a guest appearance by banjo champion Leroy Troy.

And for those wondering what they may get from the country punk A Fiendish Threat:

It’s done on an acoustic guitar with a little bit of fuzz on it and a stand-up basss beatin’ it down. It’s a different singin’ voice for me. A lot of people who’ve known me for 10 years say, ‘Man, if you hadn’t told me it was you, I wouldn’t have guessed. It just doesn’t sound like you.’ That’s a good thing for me. That just means I’m changin’ it up. Not everybody will get it, but some people will understand the creative process that’s going on.

Hank3 Tour Dates:

8/24 Austin, TX @ The Austin Bat Fest
8/25 Ft. Worth, TX @ Rail Club
8/26 Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
8/27 Lawrence (KC), MO @ Granada
8/29 Sauget, IL @ Pops
8/30 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Pierre’s
8/31 Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
9/1 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
9/2 Pittsburgh, PA @ Alter
9/4 Lancaster, PA @ The Chameleon
9/5 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
9/6 Richmond, VA @ National
9/7 Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
9/8 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

30 Comments to “Hank3 Says “Brothers of the 4×4″ is a Traditional Country Record”

  • Now this is getting me excited about this new album. I bought Ghost to a Ghost/Guttertown on vinyl and I think I’ve listened to it once. Yeah there’s some good songs, but overall it just lacked something for me. I’m hoping this one is a lot more like Lovesick, Broke & Driftin’ because that’s probably my favorite Hank3 album.

  • Good to hear! I’ll definitely be picking it up.

  • Can’t wait!

  • I wonder what the second disc will sound like. Hank3 said the new country album is over 90 minutes, and the 2nd disc has only 4 songs.

  • This actually made me excited about perhaps purchasing these albums… I wasn’t a big fan after straight to hell and didn’t even bother to look up his last release.

    • Hank is an artist. He don’t give a shit if you didn’t like his masterpiece “Straight to Hell” and he sure don’t care if you like his new albums.

      • I realize that most of us here are big Hank3 fans, but there’s no need to be a flaming douchebag when someone says they dislike his later work.

        • I am guessing both of you have feather boa’s and you are huge shooter fans?

          • Tell the truth, I can’t stand Shooter. His music is awful and he’s an asshole. Can’t say I own any boas either. But hey, continue being a douchehammer since someone doesn’t agree with you.

          • And by the way, I am excited as all hell for this new album. Glad it’s gonna be another country one, and not in the vein of Ghost/Guttertown.

          • why do you have to bring Shooter into this,Shooter is awesome and he turned me on to Hank 3 back in 06 so F@ck off dork.

          • Okay folks, let’s be done with this thread! Nobody wants to see the back and forths about Hank3 vs. Shooter. We agree more than we disagree, so let’s just leave it at that.

  • Just a question does he use much profanity on it? That is one of the drawbacks to some of his music

    • I have no idea. I have not heard the album yet.

      • Thanks I guess I’ll have to wait and see.

  • Will you be attending/reviewing any of the live shows, Trig?

    • Unfortunately, no. I’m on the West Coast at the moment doing my summer festival circuit.

      • Have you ever been to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass?

        • No, but I may go this year if I can swing it.

  • Hank III kinda disappointed me after straight of hell. Nevertheless, this post gave me lots of hope for brothers of the 4×4 !

  • I’ve actually been more exited about a fiendish threat this whole time. The speed metal is too much for me and the slow doom rock of A.D.D. wasn’t my cup of tea either, but I loved the hellbilly rock of ‘this ain’t country/Hillbilly joker’. But hearing that this is a more of a straightforward country album, now I can’t wait for either one to hit.

  • Sorry to be “that guy” but i think you mean Daniel mason not David.

  • To be honest, I liked the Cajun direction III took with his last album. Seems like all three of the Hanks dove into Cajun music at one point or another in their careers, but only III had the nerve to make a Cajun-infused RECORD. However, I do like that III’s going to do a Country Record again. Good for the fans and all.

    Regardless, I’ll get it.

  • I think anyone expecting LB&D Part 2 is going to be disappointed. I imagine it’ll sound most like Rebel Within, which was straight up country except for two songs. Has anyone else heard “Lookey Yonder Commin?” It sounds like it could be off that album. Which to me isn’t a bad thing.

  • I agree, and I love Rebel Within.

  • Possum in a Tree…

    That will be your favorite song off the brothers album, trust me.

  • Saw him last night at the Cains Ballroom and he kicked ass.He played several of the new songs and they sounded more Rebel within than anything, but then again live versions can have a different feel. No matter I will buy it.

  • there’s a bit of yodelin’ on the live version of toothpickin. when was the last time he did yodelin live?

    • This could be a good sign!

  • Listenin’ forward to
    BOTH, I’ll buy’em! tHANKS Triggerman !!!

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