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With three CDs coming, Hank3 tours

Monday, July 25, 2011 – Armed three brand new albums out in September, Hank Williams III will kick off the first leg of his 2011 North American tour in Atlanta on Labor Day in Atlanta.

The 22-date tour will play shows through the South into Texas, across to Los Angeles, and up to the Pacific Northwest, ending in Denver on Oct. 6.

"I've been off the road for awhile, and I'm looking' at two years of bein' full-on dedicated to goin' out there and doin' what we do," said Williams. "That's one of the reasons I wanted to release all of these albums at the same time, so I could just focus back on the touring again."

The new music includes the double-country "Ghost to a Ghost/Guttertown," the doom-rock "Attention Deficient Domination" and the speed metal "Cattle Callin" - all to be released on Sept. 6 through his very own, just-launched label Hank3 Records.

The evening will open with a country set, followed by a louder, rowdy Hellbilly set, culminating with a set featuring his new metal/doom band, Attention Deficit Domination. "This is gonna be a little different for the fans who have been used to seein' Assjack for the last 10 years," Williams explained. "Assjack was almost fast hardcore, and ADD is slow, Melvins, sleep-oriented doom rock. So it's gonna be a lot different to see and feel, compared to what most people are used to seein' me do live."

All three of Hank3's new releases were recorded at The Haunted Ranch, Hank3's home and studio just outside of Nashville. He wrote the bulk of the songs that appear on the 41-track "Ghost to a Ghost/Guttertown," a straight-shooting country collection, flavored with Hank3's Hellbilly sound, and heavily weighted with Cajun influence and an ambient, lonesome mood. "Ghost to a Ghost" features guest appearances by Tom Waits, Alan King of Hellstomper, Les Claypool of Primus fame and Hank3's dog, Trooper. "Attention Deficit Domination" has nine songs. The 23-track" Cattle Callin" features Hank3's driving, formidable guitar attack, with instrumentation built around the auctioneering (provided by legendary auctioneers Mitch Jordan and Tim Dowler).

"I've always taken the hard road," he added. "That's what makes us different and what gives the wide audience range of 14 to 80. Cowboys, punks, metalheads, jocks, grandmas, and the average everyday person. We bring them all together under the same roof. That's what makes us proud. That's what makes it worth it at the end of the day."

Tour dates are:

Sept. 5 The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA

Sept. 7 House of Blues, New Orleans, LA

Sept. 8 Scout Bar, Houston, TX

Sept. 9-10 The Rail Club, Ft. Worth, TX

Sept. 12 House of Rock, Corpus Christi, TX

Sept. 13 Emo's, Austin, TX

Sept. 15 Backstage Live, San Antonio, TX

Sept. 16 Trees, Dallas, TX

Sept. 17 Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque, NM

Sept. 19 Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ

Sept. 20 The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA

Sept. 21 House of Blues, San Diego, CA

Sept. 23 The Roxy, Los Angeles, CA

Sept. 24 Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA

Sept. 25 Knitting Factory, Reno, NV

Sept. 29 The Domino Room at Midtown, Bend, OR

Sept. 30 Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR

Oct. 1 Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA

Oct. 3 Showbox At The Market, Seattle, WA

Oct. 4 Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT

Oct. 6 Ogden Theatre, Denver

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Ghost to Ghost/Guttertown CD review - Ghost to Ghost/Guttertown
Free at last, free at last, thanks God almighty, he is free at last. After years of self-proclaimed indentured servitude to Mike Curb - a period that saw III hawking F*** Curb T-shirts at his shows and encouraging fans to download his albums for free - Hank III has finally shed his contractual obligations to the man and label that reined in his diversity and vision over the past decade. In other words, III is now legally doing all the things that he's done for years in middle-finger defiance »»»
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Call it hellbilly, deathneck or thrashgrass - any way you spin it, but don't think ol' Hank done it this way. His grandson Hank III, however, has developed a fervent following of fans that appreciate those niche genres' unlikely blends of country, shock rock and metal. And while it's certainly not the same old tune, his last six major label releases (and a spattering of bootleg compilations) have added new layers to the Williams family's musical legacy. »»»
Rebel Within CD review - Rebel Within
The turbulent 14-year relationship between Hank Williams III and Curb Records ends with this release, and while Williams certainly seizes the opportunity to take one last jab at Curb he also delivers some good tunes on his way out the door. He kicks it off with Getting Drunk And Falling Down, a straight ahead honky tonk tune in which Williams begins to take a serious look at the consequences of his lifestyle ("Getting drunk and falling down has taken it's toll on me/ I like living life »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Head and the Heart go beyond the nah nahs – "Nah nah," "la la" and "Wee oh" populated a number of songs from The Head and the Heart. Yes, the Seattle-based band does pen a good amount of sing-along songs that were clearly designed that way. And while that style can certainly engage and energize a crowd, there was more to that from the sextet.... »»»
Concert Review: Underwood leads a night of women in country – Carrie Underwood may have been off the road for three years, during which time she had two boys and did not release an album until "Cry Pretty" 13 months ago, but the most successful American Idol contestant has lost none of her vocal luster to say the least in her Cry Pretty 360 Tour. First and foremost, Underwood remains one tremendous... »»»
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