I'm One of You

I'm One of You

by Hank Williams Jr.
     
 
Hank Jr. may introduce this disc with the soothing sound of crickets chirping, but it's not long before all hell breaks loose, in the form of crunchy guitars, booming drums, and his rough-and-rowdy baritone, which frolics in recounting the tale of a rugged bayou character named "Amos Moses." Never letting up, Bocephus boot-scoots into a Delbert McClinton–like bit

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Hank Jr. may introduce this disc with the soothing sound of crickets chirping, but it's not long before all hell breaks loose, in the form of crunchy guitars, booming drums, and his rough-and-rowdy baritone, which frolics in recounting the tale of a rugged bayou character named "Amos Moses." Never letting up, Bocephus boot-scoots into a Delbert McClinton–like bit of red-hot roadhouse R&B mischief, "Liquor to Like Her," and bumps it up another notch on "Just Enough to Get in Trouble," a self-deprecating slice of southern funk 'n' roll with echoes of both Muscle Shoals in the pumping horn section and his buddies Lynyrd Skynyrd in the wailing guitars. The title cut is a grinding slice of southern-fried country-rock with furious, intertwining instrumental parts backing Bocephus' expression of solidarity with folks who always wind up on the wrong side of the issue, the law, or the status quo. Jr.'s meal ticket remains brutal country rock 'n' soul, played without mercy, but not without thought: The multilayered grandeur of the production bespeaks a smart, well-considered sonic concept. And whereas he's not above positing the novel theory that peace and harmony can be found in a tall brewskie (the Cajun-flavored "Why Can't We All Just Get a Longneck," which segues into a stomping rendition of daddy's "Jambalaya"), he also tackles the social commentary of Joe South's "Games People Play," tapping into the song's gospel strain, and sends up a heartfelt tribute to a fallen mentor in the razor-edged "Waylon's Guitar." I'm One of You continues an artistic renaissance that flowered on 2002's powerful Almeria Club and reasserts Hank Jr.'s place on the dais of prototypical country outlaws.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Hank Williams, Jr. delivered one of his finest albums in 2002 with the loose-limbed, vigorous The Almeria Club Recordings, a record that found the veteran outlaw sounding more muscular than he had in years. A year later, he followed it with I'm One of You, a more conventional latter-day Hank Jr. record, one that was a little slicker, brighter, and broader. While the earthy vibe of Almeria is missed, I'm One of You retains some of sinewy, rebellious spirit of that record beneath the glossy exterior, giving it a good gut-level punch made all the stronger by the solid set of songs he's chosen for this effort. As to be expected, there's a fair share of jokes, such as "Liquor to Like Her" and "American Offline," but these are more nimble than their titles, as are anthemic ballads like the populist title track and the expert, moving Waylon Jennings tribute "Waylon's Guitar," which is right in the vein of "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way." It all adds up to a strong latter-day Hank Jr. record, another solid entry in the low-key artistic comeback he's had in the early 2000s.
Rolling Stone
Williams sounds pretty damn vital here.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2003
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0715187883024
catalogNumber:
78830
Rank:
73155

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Performance Credits

Hank Williams   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Rob Crosby   Choir, Chorus
Jimmy Hall   Harmonica,Saxophone
Eric Darken   Percussion
Joe Chemay   Bass
Lisa Brokop   Choir, Chorus
Bruce Bouton   Lap Steel Guitar
Pat Buchanan   Slide Guitar
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar
John Hobbs   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
John Jarvis   Piano,Hammond Organ
Paul Leim   Drums
Chris Leuzinger   Dobro,Guitar
Brent Mason   Guitar
Ann McCrary   Background Vocals
Joey Miskulin   Accordion
Steve Nathan   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Clavinet
Brent Rowan   Acoustic Guitar,Sitar,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar,6-string bass,Guitar (Baritone)
George Tidwell   Trumpet
Reggie Young   Guitar
Kim Keyes   Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Marcia Ramirez   Choir, Chorus
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Jimmy Bones   Hammond Organ
Christopher McDonald   Choir, Chorus
Jim Reilley   Choir, Chorus
Kady Bopp   Choir, Chorus
Lauren Lucas   Choir, Chorus
Caroline Cutbirth   Choir, Chorus
Marcus Eldridge   Choir, Chorus
Kristin Garner   Choir, Chorus
Jennifer Hicks   Choir, Chorus
Chip Matthews   Choir, Chorus
Hilary Williams   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Paul Overstreet   Composer
Jerry Reed   Composer
Chris Clark   Composer
Joe South   Composer
Richard Fagan   Composer
Troy Seals   Composer
Bobby David   Composer
Tom Hemby   Composer
Ed Seay   Engineer
Eddie Setser   Composer
Michael Smotherman   Composer
Sutton   Engineer
Hank Williams   Composer,Producer
David Lee Murphy   Composer
Neal Coty   Composer
Kim Tribble   Composer
Tony Stampley   Composer
John Saylor   Engineer
Doug Johnson   Producer,Engineer
Tommy Barnes   Composer
Chip Matthews   Engineer
Jimmy Melton   Composer

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