Hank Williams Jr. Releasing Full Tilt Blues Album w/ Dan Auerbach
Those who know Hank Williams Jr., they know that he’s always considered the blues as the ultimate foundation to his sound, not dissimilar to his famous father, who was taught to play guitar by a local blues performer named Rufus “Tee-Tot” Payne. Well now for the first time, Hank Williams Jr. will fully immerse himself into the blues side of country in a new album called Rich White Honky Blues produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.
Out June 17th via Easy Eye Sound, this will be unlike any of the other Hank Williams Jr. albums we’ve heard in his 56 previous releases, including later in his career. Even with previous albums like 2012’s Old School New Rules and 2016’s It’s About Time, Bocephus still seemed to be chasing the idea of elongating or rekindling his mainstream country career.
But this album is strictly a passion project, and will be full of fundamental blues songs, articulated by authentic blues pickers, released on an independent label. “The blues is where it all comes from,” says Williams. “It’s the start of everything musical in my family; everything starts with Tee-Tot and flows from there. I’ve always flirted with this stripped back blues—all the way back to the ‘80s. But I finally made an album that’s just that, and I like it.”
Joining Hank Williams Jr. in the studio were R. L. Burnside’s “adopted son,” electric slide guitarist Kenny Brown, bassist Eric Deaton known for backing up T-Model Ford and Paul “Wine” Jones, and drummer Kinney Kimbrough, son of North Mississippi blues legend Junior Kimbrough. This album is basically a Fat Possum blues revitalization project, performed by a Country Music Hall of Famer from the most famous bloodline of country artists.
“If you wanted to play this kind of music, you couldn’t have better players,” Dan Auerbach says. “The first time I ever saw Hank Jr. on TV, I was a kid raised on Robert Johnson and Hank Williams, Sr. records, and those things came through so clearly watching him. So, I tried to assemble the right parts to just sit in that piece of who he is.”
After first floating the idea of making this album back and forth, Hank Jr. reportedly got cold feet when he first walked into the studio. “First thing he said to me when he walked in was, ‘I don’t really feel like fucking with this shit!’ And he walked into another room,” Auerbach reports. But soon, Hank Jr.’s bluesman alter ego nicknamed “Thunderbird Hawkins” emerged, and they knocked out the sessions in three days.
As you can see from the video of “.44 Blues” below, Hank Williams Jr. has always been an underrated guitar player and musician, and takes to blues as easy as country, if not easier. He did release another blues album in 1966 called Blues My Name, but it still had country inflections and songwriters. Rich White Honky Blues will be an entirely different ballgame.
The news of the album comes at a strange time—less than 24 hours after it was revealed that Hank Jr.’s wife Mary Jane Thomas died unexpectedly on March 22nd. According to Hank Jr.’s publicist, “While Williams considered delaying the project’s announcement, time with his family led to one conclusion: music offers solace in the most difficult times,” pointing out that the new project ends with a “prayer for redemption,” which perhaps makes the announcement poignant.
Rich White Honky Blues is now available for pre-order.
Rich White Honky Blues Track List
- .44 Special Blues
- Georgia Women
- My Starter Won’t Start
- Take Out Some Insurance
- Rich White Honky Blues
- Short Haired Woman
- Fireman Ring the Bell
- Rock Me Baby
- I Like It When It’s Stormy
- Call Me Thunderhead
- TV Mama
- Jesus Will You Come By Here
March 24, 2022 @ 9:56 am
Whoa!!! Cool video!
March 24, 2022 @ 9:57 am
The album I’ve always wanted from Hank
March 24, 2022 @ 10:02 am
Talk about a survivor. If anyone has the right to sing the blues it’s Hank. I look forward to getting a copy.
March 25, 2022 @ 3:15 am
He’s finally doing it. I remember him talking about a pure blues record back in 1989.
March 24, 2022 @ 10:04 am
It might have always been like this, but I think for sure at this stage of his career, his voice fits this style of music better. Like it!
March 24, 2022 @ 10:41 am
The Blues Man has recorded a great one here!
March 24, 2022 @ 11:24 am
Jr. is such an underappreciated talent. I love to go back and dig through his old releases. There is a lot of stuff I missed. No album better captures an era than The New South.
March 24, 2022 @ 11:26 am
Sounds like he’s about to give her an attitude adjustment.
Country Music Disciple
March 24, 2022 @ 5:48 pm
The New South is probably my favorite album of his along with HWJ and Friends (On Susan’s Floor, Montana Song, Living Proof. I was lucky to have my grandparents get me Hank’s box set of early recordings (Living Proof: MGM Recordings 1963-1975) for Xmas back in 95’ when I was 15 along with the Bocephus Box (1979-1992) and George “Strait Out of the Box”. Some of the best (most appreciated) gifts I’ve ever got that I still listen to. That was when I really started discovering and looking further into older country music after first becoming a fan of 90’s country because of Garth Brook’s Ropin’ the Wind Album. I’ve made sure my kids have way more knowledge of music history than I did at their age.
David: The Duke of Everything
March 24, 2022 @ 11:49 am
I like it, that song is a good jam. He’s had songs on his albums that fit in this mode so having a whole album of it will be great.
March 24, 2022 @ 11:51 am
Ok, interesting. Pretty darn good.
Would like to hear him singing and jamming Blues, with some Brothers.
Not your brother guy
March 26, 2022 @ 3:01 pm
Some Brothers? Like step brothers? Biological brothers? Half brothers?
Still Sniffing Glue
March 30, 2022 @ 2:06 pm
It’s ok, I speak jive. He be talkin’ bout black folks.
March 24, 2022 @ 11:56 am
Bocephus the blues man. Good stuff.
March 24, 2022 @ 2:14 pm
The Blues Medley from the Major Moves album was a great blues tune also.
March 24, 2022 @ 12:03 pm
Nice album title.
March 24, 2022 @ 12:20 pm
Would love to see Jr. jamming with B.B. quality musicians.
This is like Tyler, learning to play fiddle. He’s messing around with it – getting a feel. Cool.
We get it.
However, if you are going to do a Blues record, get some of the gang from Memphis, St. Louis, New Orleans. Get in there, get jammin’ & have somebody hit record.
Already hoping that Hank will put out a 2nd album of Blues, done right.
March 24, 2022 @ 5:55 pm
No offense meant Di, but Hank, along with producer Dan Auerbach is doing a stripped down and raw blues album in the Mississippi Delta style. The musicians on the album are real deal authentic blues guys. The delta style doesnt feature horns and big production. Listen to RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough ,T-Model Ford, Mississippi John Hurt or Skip James to get an idea of what hes going for. Typically these guys played solo acoustic. Its cool on its own merits. Hank has dabbled a bit in the stuff you are talking about. Check out his version of the Fats Waller tune Aint Misbehavin to hear a more big horn produced kinda sound. Or Women Ive Never Had.
March 24, 2022 @ 7:23 pm
Jr. does a Really good job on Ain’t Misbehavin’, in this video.
Sounds MUCH better than the song he just released.
Thanks for that information.
Not sure where you are coming from, with thinking i was wanting the whole production, with horns, etc.
Just love jammin’ with the Brothers.
Know have said this before, but when dear friend, Beasley Reece, called one night around midnight, and said, “Get over here, we need you on tamborine,” i laughed & asked tamborine?
Kissed my husband, told him was running over to Paula & Beas’s, looked in on our baby, threw some clothes on, and hustled across the street.
Paula met me at the door, laughing. Went down the hall, & Beas was tearing it up (beautifully) on the keyboard, Hugh Green was on drums, and some guys from the visiting team were on guitar, etc. Not even sure who we (the Buccaneers) played that weekend. Picked up the tamborine, & later found some maracas.
We had a great time, to be sure – but none of us were B.B. caliber. The music was awesome that night, just a bunch of guys winding down after kicking each others behinds on the field that day. It had a slower, more reflective, easy groove to it.
And Beas wasn’t fooling me one bit. He just wanted to be able to wrangle more homemade pecan icebox cookies (like i wouldn’t make them for him, anytime he wanted)
Just think it would be great for Hank to put out a Blues album jamming with a bunch of Brothers, black & white.
And screw the production. Set some high quality mic’s around, & let it happen. This shi* isn’t hard
March 25, 2022 @ 5:54 am
Not sure if you realize this but the band on this record consists of both black and white musicians.
March 25, 2022 @ 9:45 am
Thank you, realize that.
March 24, 2022 @ 12:30 pm
@JC–I’m sure it’s meant ironically, but I won’t be surprised if it makes it even harder for Hank Jr. to promote this album in mainstream media.
Heck, Confederate Railroad–a band with a lovable lugs persona, whose songs are almost all self-deprecating or with positive, inclusive messages–got canceled from tour venues over its name.
March 24, 2022 @ 12:07 pm
The Man of Steel!
March 24, 2022 @ 12:09 pm
Blues is the heart of country music? This upcoming documentary might be of interest.
March 24, 2022 @ 12:47 pm
Actual country music fans have always known that black blues music is at the heart of country music, in part because Hank Williams Jr. has been a strong proponent of the legacy of Rufus “Tee-Tot” Payne, and he has sung his praises in song multiple times. When intellectuals and apparatchiks talk down to rural agrarian whites like they know their own culture better than they do it’s demeaning and classist. Of course blues music is part of country. It’s written down in every country music history book. The ones attempting to exclude that legacy are political activists looking to paint the entirety of country music as racist.
That Amazon documentary on black country artist actively excludes actual black country artists in favor of hip-hop novices and pop castoffs attempting to leverage identity politics for popularity, and Americana performers. It’s a grift. Some great names in it (and some bad ones), but none are actually country, and only a few are country adjacent. It proves once again that the segment of people most discriminated against in country music is artist who actually play country music.
March 24, 2022 @ 1:27 pm
“None are actually country.”
So Brittney Spencer isn’t country?” Mickie Guyton isn’t?Jimmy Allen? You are a fierce gatekeeper of what counts as authentic country but your dismissal of these voices is unsettling. Why not make the tent wide enough to include black voices that want to be considered in the tent? By what authority do you claim to keep them out? Brittney Spencer’s cv is as country as it gets.
March 24, 2022 @ 1:52 pm
“Why not make the tent wide enough to include black voices that want to be considered in the tent?
Because those names you listed don’t sing country music.
Trig has highlighted many black voices on this website that actually sing authentic country music.
March 24, 2022 @ 2:36 pm
First, you misspelled the names of both Mickey Guyton, and Jimmie Allen, which speaks to your depth of knowledge on the matter, which is about as deep as the knowledge of the makers of that Amazon Documentary, which is nothing. They are not of country. Their only interface with country is activist accounts on Twitter. That is the curation point of that documentary.
Mickey Guyton was country at one point. Her last album decisively wasn’t. Jimmie Allen may have been country at some point too, but his music is also exclusively pop.
As for Brittney Spencer, that is yet to be determined. She hasn’t even released an album yet, but somehow she has a display currently in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Just like Breland. They’ve also both appeared multiple times on major award shows, while actual country artists—including black country artists—have never received those opportunities. But please, lecture us all on how racist country music is. After all, the blues influence was erased from its legacy. Oh wait ….
Where is Chapel Hart? Where is Aaron Vance? Where is Tony Jackson? Where is Wendy Moten? Where is Saving Country Music 2022 Artist of the Year Charley Crockett? They’re nowhere to be found. Because they’re actually country, and haven’t found the favor of the elitist Twitter set.
Look, either genre matters, or it doesn’t. If it doesn’t, why are we worried about black artists in country music anyway if genre is just a social construct? Importing pop and hip-hop artists into country won’t solve the diversity issue, it will just mask it. Supporting actual country artists who happen to be black will.
March 24, 2022 @ 4:22 pm
I don’t mean to come across as dismissive and rude here. We all want to make sure anyone who wants to make country music is given an equal opportunity. But talking down to country music fans is not the way to solve that.
March 24, 2022 @ 6:08 pm
Valerie June? Not country either I suppose. Why are you reviewing her then and giving her 9/10? Maybe you’re not as clear about where the boundaries lie as you sometimes seem to be. You prove the point that genre is a social construct which is not to say it is unreal or doesn’t have real consequences, very real ones for those placed outside (or inside for that matter.)
Only a fool thinks that these genre borders are obvious and undebatable or that a single individual can establish them by fiat.
By the way, if I dismissed an argument as uninformed because of a couple of spelling mistakes, I would have stopped reading you ages ago.
March 25, 2022 @ 10:40 am
“if I dismissed an argument as uninformed because of a couple of spelling mistakes, I would have stopped reading you ages ago.”
Yes, I have been a strong proponent for black artists and black women especially over the years, including Valerie June, and including Mickey Guyton and Allison Russell who are in that Amazon doc. But I don’t consider Allison Russell a country artist. I don’t think Allison Russell considers her a country artists. Supporting Americana, blues, and other roots artists is something I’ve always done here. That doesn’t make them country. I’m not against highlighting these artists. I am against highlighting them as country artists, while ignoring other actual Black country artists.
March 27, 2022 @ 10:13 am
Mickey Guyton is a southern pop artist looking for radio hits. Never understood the hype she receives. Allison Russell, Brittney Spencer, and Amythyst Khia incorporate more authentic country into their work than Guyton
April 1, 2022 @ 1:55 am
This is great, been singing and writing and releasing blues songs for 20 yrs now as an artists on Preety World Records and a member of Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame
Toby in Ak
March 24, 2022 @ 12:46 pm
Old Habits is my favorite Hank Jr blues song
March 24, 2022 @ 1:01 pm
Other than a few songs here and there, I’ve never been a Hank Jr fan; but this is right up my alley. I love Hank Sr and 3. Lots of Williams news lately! Definitely sorry about the news of Jr’s wife though.
March 24, 2022 @ 1:28 pm
One of my favorite Jr. albums the past 20 years was the The Almeria Club Recordings which veered into this lane. I’m excited about this release.
March 24, 2022 @ 1:31 pm
And there’s a song “Tee Tot Song” on Almeria Club! (I put the album on after I commented).
March 24, 2022 @ 2:05 pm
I love the title of this album.
I wrote a song awhile ago called ‘I got the no blues blues’, which is about loving old blues music but not being able to write a good blues song as a privileged white male who’s never been fired, never been broken up with, has a good career, and has access to recreational cannabis and all the whiskey I can drink. Rich White Honky Blues could have been an alternative title.
March 24, 2022 @ 2:19 pm
Can’t wait for some hack writer fresh from indoctrination camp at Harvard to tell us that Hank Jr. is practicing cultural appropriation.
Great song and video. It was about time for new music from Jr and nothing beats a passion project.
March 24, 2022 @ 2:25 pm
Not going to say a thing about Hank Jr’s appropriation, it’s more his rank hypocrisy in supporting avowed racists like Trump(don’t argue with me, argue with the DOJ who knew in the 70’s.Or the Central Park Five, who he owes an apology to) .To quote They Might Be Giants, “Can’t shake the devil’s hand/and say you/re only kidding”.
March 24, 2022 @ 2:49 pm
I’m glad Hank Williams Jr. is releasing this album, because it will really help illustrate how the blues influence was so important to the formation of country music, and specifically the music of his father. Hank Williams Jr. has always been outspoken about this, and due to his specific standing in culture, I think that makes him an important messenger. I think Dan Auerbach was really smart in trying to bring this together.
Let’s please not veer into divisive subjects such as Presidential politics. Thanks!
King Honky Of Crackershire
March 24, 2022 @ 5:21 pm
Would you kindly humor me, by providing the definition for the word ‘avowed’, without Googling it? Obviously I’ll have to lean on The Honor System, since I won’t know if you use Google.
Sir Adam the Great
March 24, 2022 @ 2:31 pm
The real question is how much glockenspiel will be on it?
Also, I believe this is the first Easy Eye Sound album with a Parental Advisory label on it.
Rickie Jon Connors
March 24, 2022 @ 3:02 pm
I wonder how many times on this record ol’ Hank uses the spaces between lyrics to remind us all who he is.
Looking forward to it though.
March 24, 2022 @ 3:19 pm
IMNSHO, Hank Jr has no equal, nor does Trigger… Jr isn’t my favorite, but, he is, by God, good! Trigger is great!
All one has to do is listen, and or read… of course if it’s more than 3 sentences most of today’s (alleged) readers have the attention span the size of a gnat… those who call themselves liking someone, or approving of… have been told that’s the way they should think… learning to think for ones self, requires a variety of sources…. and twitter, or main stream (alleged) journalist ain’t one of ’em since their BS is known from the past/get go… they/it has/have an agenda which is as far from objective as is possible. Diametrically opposite… cancel culture… vitriolic whining… snow flakes… 0ne and the same.
I haven’t bought any music since I acquired Mickey Newburys Frisco Mabel Joy… that is about to change, just to make my seasoned disapproval a part of the taking down of the stupid in this world.
March 24, 2022 @ 4:41 pm
This is a comment, not a criticism.
“I’m free white and 21, own 3 pair of shoes, ain’t got no right to sing the blues.” Randy Newman
March 25, 2022 @ 3:33 pm
“It’s never hard to sing the blues. Everyone in the world has the blues.” John Lee Hooker.
King Honky Of Crackershire
March 24, 2022 @ 4:47 pm
I love Hank Jr., but I love C(c)ountry Music more, so this isn’t a release that appeals to me.
Also, saying that Blues is at the heart of C(c)ountry Music, is an overstatement, and I’d say a pretty big one. It would be more accurate to say that blues played an influence on certain strains of C(c)ountry Music, particularly the performers from the deep South. Blues had little to no influence on mountain music, or cowboy music.
March 24, 2022 @ 5:39 pm
Who was it that said; country music is a white man singing the blues?
March 24, 2022 @ 5:56 pm
You’re absolutely correct about this. I read a history of the TVA where it was noted that many counties in western NC, Eastern TN, KY, and WV had zero black residents until the dam and work camp projects started. Many counties had absolutely no black people until the 1970’s.
The link from Celtic music to country is much more direct than the link from blues/soul music to country. I mentioned this before, but I visited rural Ireland two decades ago and listened to live music in a number of pubs. From my experience, it was abundantly clear that American country and bluegrass music is just a continuation of Celtic folk music.
March 25, 2022 @ 6:30 am
Irish Country Music continues that link. I recommend checking it out. It is a great mix of old Irish tunes, new material, and covers of modern country music and other tunes but set to traditional styles. It is as if country music evolved without debasing itself as it has done in Nashville.
Derek Ryan is particularly incredible.
March 25, 2022 @ 6:02 am
Jimmie Rodgers recorded with Louis Armstrong on Blue Yodel #9. And I kind of doubt Merle Haggard would agree with you based on his many blues influenced songs. See also: Willie Nelson.
March 25, 2022 @ 6:27 am
OK. That is true.
Honky said the blues didn’t have an impact on mountain and cowboy music. Not performers from the Deep South like Rodgers. Blues had an impact on some genres of country music but not all of them. As was his point.
March 25, 2022 @ 9:04 am
Princess Cracker-Barrell isn’t exactly a scholar is he? The banjo originated in Africa so I think it is fair to say any music with a banjo has had at least some blues roots.
March 25, 2022 @ 8:44 pm
The usage of an item matters more than its country of origin.
March 25, 2022 @ 10:20 am
What’s your favorite Bocephus album? Mine would be Hank Williams Jr. & Friends.
March 24, 2022 @ 5:36 pm
Bocephus’s break thru album “and friends” made a lot of us 19 yrs olds down south break out of “southern rock mode” and embrace the bridge between classic country our dads listened to and made it cool to Nelson Jones Hag and Cash over the bridge to why they were so cool. People say you’re no good but I wouldn’t cut you loose babe if I could-sing the blues rockin Randall
March 24, 2022 @ 5:48 pm
The Father of Country Music
The guitarist-singer Jimmie Rodgers has been called “The Father of Country Music,” “America’s Blue Yodeler,” and “The Singing Brakeman.” Born in Meridian, MS, in 1897, Rodgers recorded briefly between 1927 and 1933, but defined country music as “the white man’s blues” with a related legacy of crooning, jazz, Hawaiian guitar, and eclectic vaudeville-style entertainment. On the 70th anniversary of his death, American Routes looks at the life and legacy of Jimmie Rodgers. We’ll speak with biographer Nolan Porterfield, and hear comments from country singer Merle Haggard and bluesman John Jackson, among others. Also, music about Rodgers’ favorite subject—trains—in many styles… blues, country, soul, roots, rock and more.
March 24, 2022 @ 6:13 pm
You beat me to it DJ. Jimmie Rodgers was the main guy who brought blues influence in to the music. He in turn influenced others like Ernest Tubb, who in his early years was emulating Rodgers bluesy sound. Many others as well were caught up with Rodgers style.
But Honky and RD are also correct in that the Celtic music was also the primary part of the influence that shaped mountain music. Listening to Celtic jigs and reels you hear the basis of bluegrass and hillbilly or appalachian clogging and hoedowns.
Jerry Clower's Ghost
March 24, 2022 @ 6:21 pm
At the very least, the affected voice he’s using for this project is just kinda weird. At the very worst, the Twitter Mob is gonna have a field day with accusing him of using a blaccent.
March 24, 2022 @ 8:34 pm
I find the “blaccent” concept rather amusing. A black person can speak in any accent they please, and they’ll be praised for their versatiltiy. But a white person is now needs a special dispensation or permit in order to veer from his “true” dialect. I swear, Jim Croce would have been busted by the p.c. police from the getgo and Bad Bad Leroy Brown would have never made it to the big time if the current rules were in force back then,
March 24, 2022 @ 7:10 pm
That’s what he does he just keeps on entertaining and putting out hits of all kinds of music Hank jr a True American ICON
March 24, 2022 @ 7:21 pm
Hank has been wanting to make an album like this since at least the late 80’s, as he talked about it in an interview on the Full Access concert video from 1989. Can’t wait to hear this album! Until then, check out The Almeria Club from 2002, and “The Blues Medly” from the 1984 Major Moves album!
March 24, 2022 @ 7:53 pm
Woo hoo, he’s talked about doing this album since the 80s, gonna hafta check it out.
March 24, 2022 @ 8:32 pm
Oh please, do us all a favor and shut up. You are pathetic
March 24, 2022 @ 10:42 pm
Lost some respect for Auerbach. HW Jr. is a jerk.
March 25, 2022 @ 4:38 am
March 24, 2022 @ 10:50 pm
This is interesting I was wondering when he was putting out a new album…I think this maybe the best album he’s put out in sometime Almeria Club album was the last one of his I truly enjoyed. Can’t wait to hear the whole album…Stay Strong Bocephus.
Eva C. Deere
March 24, 2022 @ 11:49 pm
I don’t know about everyone else here but I’ve been a fan of Randall Hank Williams, Jr. since I was a child and I’ve also been a fan of his late father’s songs since then as well. Hank, Jr. is carrying on a “family tradition” of writing great songs. It’ll do him good to keep his mind busy after the passing of his beloved wife. They were married for nearly thirty-two years. She was the love of his life. He’s heartbroken 💔 over losing her but she’s in a better place than here. God bless him and his family and God rest her soul.
March 25, 2022 @ 6:54 am
I’m not a Hank Jr fan, but I am a fan of his music…. ran across these on you tube.
Y’all don’t watch these. You might learn somethin…
I don’t think I’d like Jr personally. But, his music is his music and I can get into a lot of what he himself wrote… authenticity comes to mind
March 25, 2022 @ 10:22 am
It’s a little odd seeing a Parental Advisory sticker on a Hank Jr. album, and I really hope it doesn’t turn out as cringey as I’m expecting it to be. But I’m still picking this one up; I have all of his other albums, so why not?
March 25, 2022 @ 10:34 am
I am up for this. I’d say he nails it on .44 Special Blues.
March 25, 2022 @ 5:49 pm
Best musician I have ever seen live, and have seen more than my fair share of both country and rock. He can play any instrument on stage and can jam with best when he wants.
March 25, 2022 @ 7:24 pm
Don’t take Newman so seriously. He’s a satirist.
March 26, 2022 @ 5:55 am
“If you don’t stop whoring, I’ll have to get my Gatling gun.” That is just bad…. I liked Jr when I was a teenager. I believe I’ve matured since then, I wish Junior’s song writing had as well.
March 26, 2022 @ 6:54 am
River Sloth. Have you listened to much blues? Lyrics in these primitive style blues songs are never sophisticated or cerebral. In fact the reality is, in the blues world, lyric writers are not typically referred to as songwriters. Usually they are called bluesmen. You will seldom hear the phrase “singer/songwriter” used to describe a blues performer.The songs are really less about lyrics, and more about a certain visceral feel and swagger or attitude. This song has swagger, bravado, hyperbole and attitude. Its a fine example of something done in the primitive delta style. Take a look at John Lee Hooker, one of the greatest of all time. Look at his lyrics. Take Boom Boom as an example. Its REALLY simple and primitive. Stevie Ray Vaughn occasionally gave a nod to the delta style and did a thing called Boot Hill. Look up those lyrics. “Look Up on the wall baby, hand me down my shootin iron…call your mother long distance, tell her to expect your body home.” Thats some stupid crazy exaggeration written there, As if the woman is gonna literally hand her man his gun so he can shoot her. Right. The point is, this is one of the classic blues styles. Its meant to be primitive, in fact its part of the charm and what makes the art. Jr is a world class songwriter and I could give you a list of songs that show the genius of his writing. THIS album is a salute to the Delta Blues, and as such it is a decent representation.
March 27, 2022 @ 8:14 pm
Look Robert Johnson’s 32-20 blues, it may sound familiar.
And if she gets unruly, thinks she don’t wan’ do
And if she gets unruly and thinks she don’t wan’ do
Take my .32-20, now, and cut her half in two
March 26, 2022 @ 3:52 pm
Great song. It showed up in my release radar but I didnt know anything about what album its from so thanks for this article.
Sad this comments section is full of woke yuppies whining about crap like Trump and if Hanks too white to sing the blues.
March 27, 2022 @ 3:55 pm
Agreed….I don’t care if Hank’s white if the albums good & he can sing that style of music well (which he does) why should I care…I love Charley Pride, I think he is one of the best country singers period & could care less if he’s BLACK!
Unfortunately, our society, culture, politics, sports, & entertainment has become nothing but a incessant pool of woke politics & it been that way for the last 10 years. As Waylon would say “We need a change”.
June 10, 2022 @ 1:44 pm
came across this one, from this upcoming album:
Hank Williams, Jr. – “Fireman Ring The Bell” [Official Audio]