Revival Fest Offers 1st Glimpse of Hank III’s New Beginning
For 14 years, Hank III struggled under the oppressive control of Curb Records, who did little to promote his music, held up his album releases with legal wrangling, and stifled his creative freedom. Any song Hank III wrote while under contract with Curb immediately became their property whether it was on an album or not. And every song he did write and every album he sold was helping feed the Curb beast that was keeping him and other Curb artists down. This created an environment where even if Hank III had new material, he had no vested interest in showcasing it.
Hank III has been free of Curb Records for nearly 6 months now, and is reportedly working on a new country album, and a new “stoner sludge” rock album. He spoke about “The New Beginning” in the months ahead of his contract expiration at the end of 2010, but except for a secret New York show in February, Hank III has not been on tour, and has not had the opportunity to showcase any new material in a live setting. Revival Fest will be the first time Hank III will be able to play whatever he wants without worry of handing over intellectual property to Mike Curb’s evil empire, and Saving Country Music will be there to cover it.
May 23, 2011 @ 7:01 am
Looks like we’re going to get lots of great Hank III coming up. According to a response on a Facebook post from him “Im in the middle of the 3rd record Ive been workin on”
May 23, 2011 @ 8:54 am
I’d rather he focus on one really good one, or two if he wants to release a country and metal album at the same time like he’s been talking about. I’d rather have quality than volume.
May 23, 2011 @ 8:11 am
Right on! Can’t wait to hear what Hank has been working now he’s free from curb.
This might be a dumb question and I’m not really sure how all the legal stuff works,but anyhow so Hank can still play the songs he wrote while under curb records without getting in any kind of legal trouble even though they apparently belong to curb?
May 23, 2011 @ 8:40 am
i would like to know this too. especially as an underground artist/
May 23, 2011 @ 8:56 am
I can’t imagine that is a problem.
May 23, 2011 @ 6:13 pm
That would depend on how many clauses Curb put on him.
May 23, 2011 @ 8:18 am
14 years is a long time to wear chains. I’m glad he’s free from it. 🙂
May 23, 2011 @ 8:27 am
anyone know if this will be streaming anywhere?
May 23, 2011 @ 8:56 am
I don’t think it will be, but I will check!
May 23, 2011 @ 1:06 pm
He’s recording a couple songs a freind of mine wrote. One of them I’ve recorded on my album. Great tunes
May 23, 2011 @ 5:10 pm
And who are you?
May 23, 2011 @ 5:12 pm
nevermind just found ur website. cool man!
May 23, 2011 @ 7:20 pm
Hey Bobby brother. You holdin out on ol Keither? A couple Ray Lawrence tunes?
May 24, 2011 @ 9:55 am
Yep. Shelton got Ray’s number from me and started talkin to him about recording two of his tunes. The scratch tracks are kinda cool.
May 24, 2011 @ 11:29 am
What are the “scratch tracks” ?
May 24, 2011 @ 6:04 pm
Scratch tracks are usually rough vocal tracks recorded with the rhythm tracks, (drums bass, rhythm guitar, etc), to let the musicians know where fills,breaks, bridges etc, come into play. After the basic tracks are recorded, they go back and redo the vocals and lead guitar parts.
May 26, 2011 @ 2:37 pm
What the Diesel Doctor Said…Yessir!
May 24, 2011 @ 6:21 pm
I fuckin knew it…… I am one smart cookie. Thanks Bobby for allowin me the chance to prove I know everthing. Yeah right 😉
Ray Lawrence Jr.
June 16, 2011 @ 2:02 am
Hey my brother. It’s your job to know everything. LOL
May 25, 2011 @ 12:13 pm
Good stuff brother, great that it all got worked out. I bet Ray is so proud to have Shelton record his songs. And to think I might have played a little part of that makes me smile. Take care Bro!!
Ray Lawrence Jr.
June 16, 2011 @ 1:56 am
Hey Bradley, I have been writin a lot these days. I don’t want to say too much about this cause I mostly think III should be the one to say something about the music. So I aint sayin much about it for now.
May 24, 2011 @ 3:20 am
Yay, Hank’s back!
May 24, 2011 @ 10:36 am
OH MY GOD, I am so excited for you! Can’t wait to hear your review …
May 25, 2011 @ 7:52 am
I hate to be the only nay sayer hear, but I would bet good money that the country set will be the same as it has been for the past few years. You may hear some new stuff in the assjack and hellbilly portions, but I bet that’ll be it. I would love to be proven wrong, but I still think that even though he is working on new material we probably wont hear it for a while.
Please prove me wrong.
May 25, 2011 @ 8:59 am
I think that’s a good point, and certainly a possibility. It is also a possibility that we will hear new country material, but it will sound very similar to the old stuff, with the same “Drinkin’ & Druggin'” themes. I have no idea what to expect from Hank III, and this makes me more intrigued than knowing whatever he does is going to be golden.
May 29, 2011 @ 11:30 am
I will be at any show he has whether it is old stuff or new. He has a way of making every show feel unique no matter what he plays!
May 25, 2011 @ 12:05 pm
I truly believe that Shelton s best stuff is still to come. Even though he was being held hostage by Mr. Curb, and did not want to give that evil man his best material he did uphold his end of the contract. He handed over 5 country records. That being said, I think its crazy if anyone believes he handed over his best material the last couple records. Hank lll is going to blow our minds with what he has in store for us fans, and I for one wish him great things as he goes forward.
May 25, 2011 @ 7:15 pm
I believe that Shelton is a genious but I also recognize that most great artists peak pretty early. Just look at Metallica, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Guns N Roses… I could go on forever. I hope you are right Bradley but I wouldn’t be surprised if nothing he does ever hits us all like STH did. It still might be great but to have that impact… I don’t know… But again, HOPEFULLY you are right and the best is yet to come. I’m sure I will enjoy his new shit regardless.
May 27, 2011 @ 4:16 pm
I’ll be at the show tomorrow, let’s meet up, I’ll buy you a beer. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can figure it out.
May 29, 2011 @ 8:07 am
updates, updates, I must know what went down last night? Did he play any new stuff? What was the band lineup? updates…updates
May 29, 2011 @ 9:47 am
I have a review coming. Got some decent video as well.
Ray Lawrence Jr.
September 21, 2011 @ 1:52 pm
Well folks, It is a great honor to be a part of a Hank III cd. To open for III was a great experience too. This is what I live for to play music and to be on that stage opening for one of my country heroes was one of the biggest things I have ever done musically.I hope to bring honor to the music we love so well.
September 21, 2011 @ 2:02 pm
It’s an honor also Mr. Lawrence when fans get to see real passion and love for music. It’s what we like 🙂
September 21, 2011 @ 2:58 pm
Mr. Lawrence, I’ve never heard of you before listening to this Hank 3 record. I think your music is awesome. Where can I find more? Do you ever come up to New England?