Hank III’s highly anticipated new album “Damn Right, Rebel Proud” hit stores
today and was well worth the wait. The album tightly packs classic country,
rock, punk and metal in the mix III is famed for (fondly called “hellbilly” by
the fans.) The band lineup includes Joe Buck on stand up bass, Andy Gibson on
stand up steel, Shawn McWilliams on drums and many other greats including some
sic ass guitar pickin’ from Johnny Hiland! We also hear some of the most
ingenious and inspired III lyrics ever written.
The tracks are authentic,
righteous and smolder like a tightly rolled spliff. Some songs are classic and
upbeat enough for stepdancing. The album also includes a few ballads so sweetly
raw they darn near break your heart. III has surely been granted his granddads
Rather he has fought to maintain his own strength of character
through years of battling an industry that would cream to have him sell out. III
has remained humble and principled regardless of his potential for huge
commercial success. God bless him.
The real blessing in his righteousness is
III’s persistence to write songs without the shackles of censorship. All his
previous albums have been lyrically candid and musically pure. With each
consecutive album, III further develops his original sound. Yet no track is
over-mixed. No murky layers of effects for this purist. The quality remains
clean as spring water.
With each album, III’s lyrics become more personal and
frankly telling. Yet “Damn Right, Rebel Proud” has more complexity and variety
than his previous 3 major releases. The songs are brutally honest …whether
autobiographical or otherwise. (After hearin out Joe the Plumber, McCain and
Obama oughtta listen to “Workin’ Man”) in which III collaborated with Bob Wayne.
These tunes are layered with experiences and pain. I took a break between some
tracks just to absorb it all (and throw back a couple shots of jack!) This is
one of the most intimate albums ever recorded. After listening to “Damn Right,
Rebel Proud” you’ll feel like you spent one of those highly memorable evenings
at a small bar with one very, very dear friend.