Hillbilly Joker [Explicit Lyrics]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
When Hank Williams III made his recorded debut in 1996 on the album Three Hanks (a compilation also featuring performances by his father and grandfather), Curb Records presumably thought they were getting a retro-styled alt-country act with a very marketable name. But it didn't take long for Williams to make clear he wasn't interested in playing nice or conforming to anyone's expectations, and he made no secret of his anger and frustration with the label as he struggled to release his punk and metal-influenced music alongside his trad-country sides. In 2009 Williams was finally allowed to release an album under the moniker of his death metal/"hellbilly" hybrid Assjack, but ...
See more details below
CD
$12.62
BN.com price
(Save 9%)$13.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (4) from $10.98   
  • New (4) from $10.98   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
When Hank Williams III made his recorded debut in 1996 on the album Three Hanks (a compilation also featuring performances by his father and grandfather), Curb Records presumably thought they were getting a retro-styled alt-country act with a very marketable name. But it didn't take long for Williams to make clear he wasn't interested in playing nice or conforming to anyone's expectations, and he made no secret of his anger and frustration with the label as he struggled to release his punk and metal-influenced music alongside his trad-country sides. In 2009 Williams was finally allowed to release an album under the moniker of his death metal/"hellbilly" hybrid Assjack, but that was hardly the first time he'd put his edgy rock to tape; in 2003 he cut an album called This Ain't Country that Curb refused to release, and now that Hank III has parted ways with Curb and announced his intention to release his next album on his own, Curb has pulled a classic "don't let the door hit you on the way out" move and finally issued the widely bootlegged This Ain't Country recordings under the title Hillbilly Joker, without Williams having any say over the release. As music, Hillbilly Joker ranks with the best rock material Hank III has recorded to date; the approach is more musically and sonically diverse than the Assjack album and feels more satisfying than the rock material on Damn Right, Rebel Proud or Rebel Within. Williams has an excellent band on these sessions, anchored by former Jesus Lizard guitarist Duane Dennison and Shaun McWilliams on drums, and they bring the fire to revved-up rockabilly ("Hillbilly Joker"), neck-snapping metal ("Pistol Packin'"), fifth gear hardcore ("Life of Sin"), speed-ravaged boogie ("Drink It, Drug It"), demonic doom tracks ("10 Feet Down"), and even a Ministry-influenced electronic piece ("Now He's Dead"). Hank III is no rock & roll dilettante, and Hillbilly Joker confirms he's every bit as serious about his uncompromising underground rock as he is about his old-school country material, and it all pours from the same part of his ragged soul. But while it's good that this music is finally getting the official release it deserves, many serious fans are going to feel iffy about buying an album released under circumstances that are ultimately an insult to the artist, no matter how raw and powerful Hillbilly Joker may be.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2011
  • Label: Curb Records
  • UPC: 715187923324
  • Catalog Number: 79233
  • Sales rank: 25,622

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hillbilly Joker (2:17)
  2. 2 I'm Drunk Again (3:51)
  3. 3 Life Of Sin (3:12)
  4. 4 10 Feet Down (4:08)
  5. 5 Pistol Packin' (3:13)
  6. 6 Tennessee Driver (2:14)
  7. 7 M.F.J. (2:31)
  8. 8 Now He's Dead (2:59)
  9. 9 Drink It, Drug It (3:00)
  10. 10 Hellbilly (4:14)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hank Williams III Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Electric Guitar, screams
Shaun McWilliams Drums
Michael McCanless Fiddle
Jason Brown Standup Bass
Duane Dennison Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Dave Sardy Producer
Hank Williams III Composer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously