Damn Right, Rebel Proud

Damn Right, Rebel Proud

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by Hank Williams III
     
 

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Hank Williams III is an outlaw. Just ask him, he'll tell you...actually, you really don't need to bother, because Hank III goes out of his way to tell us about his whiskey guzzling, dope smoking, hell raising ways on nearly every track of his fourth album, Damn Right, Rebel Proud. While Hank made it clear on Risin' OutlawSee more details below

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Hank Williams III is an outlaw. Just ask him, he'll tell you...actually, you really don't need to bother, because Hank III goes out of his way to tell us about his whiskey guzzling, dope smoking, hell raising ways on nearly every track of his fourth album, Damn Right, Rebel Proud. While Hank made it clear on Risin' Outlaw and Lovesick, Broke & Driftin' that he had no use for the watered-down formula pablum that oozes out of Nashville these days, it wasn't until 2006's Straight to Hell that he made a record that really honored the hard-wired spirit of a guy who played bass with Superjoint Ritual when he wasn't singing pure, unfiltered honky honk country. Damn Right, Rebel Proud picks up where Straight to Hell left off, and like that album it's enthusiastically offensive enough that Curb Records has declined to put their name on it, instead reviving the Sidewalk Records imprint to keep a safe distance from songs like "Candidate for Suicide," "H8 Line," and "P.F.F" (which stands for "punch, fight and f -- -"). From a musical standpoint, Damn Right, Rebel Proud is every bit as solid as Straight to Hell; the weatherbeaten twang of Hank's voice is the perfect instrument for his updated honky tonk howl, and his band (especially Andy Gibson on steel guitar and Dobro and Johnny Hiland on lead guitar) cooks with gas, sounding tighter than ever and roaring with enthusiasm at a speed that would send most country acts off the rails. But lyrically, too much of the time all Hank has to tell us is he's messed up and ready to rearrange some faces, and while these are inarguably classic themes in both country and metal, he hasn't found enough ways to rework the formula to make the same message compelling for 50 minutes. It's worth noting two of the album's best tunes are ones that find something else to focus on -- "The Grand Ole Opry (Ain't So Grand)" takes Nashville's most venerable institution to task (with good cause) for disrespecting Hank's granddaddy and whitewashing country's history, while "I Wish I Knew" is a broken-hearted lament that's a first-class beer-drinking weeper. But when Hank takes on the voice of a rape victim, throws a cookie monster howl over the tale of a jacked-up trucker, or pays apparently sincere homage to G.G. Allin (who wasn't an outlaw so much as a psychopath -- just ask the woman he set on fire), he overplays his hardcore hand and sounds like he's writing for a third-rate black metal band, and Hank has made it clear he's capable of better things. Before Hank III makes his next album, maybe he should ask himself a question Waylon Jennings posed many years ago -- "Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got out of Hand?"

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/2008
Label:
Curb Records
UPC:
0715187902725
catalogNumber:
79027
Rank:
20247

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hank Williams   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Drums,Vocals
Marty Stuart   Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Andy Gibson   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Shaun McWilliams   Drums
Charlie Cushman   Banjo
Chris Carmichael   Fiddle
Randy Kohrs   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro
Joe Buck   Upright Bass
Johnny Hiland   Electric Guitar
Donnie Herron   Fiddle
Adam McOwen   Fiddle,Accordion
Joe Buck   Standup Bass
Gary Sommers   Fiddle
Bob Wayne   Bass,Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Hank Williams   Engineer,Instrumentation
Jim Lightman   Engineer
Keith Neltner   Illustrations

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