Hank Jr. debuts "Fireman Ring the Bell"
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Hank Jr. debuts "Fireman Ring the Bell"

Thursday, June 9, 2022 – Hank Williams Jr. is out with his take on R.L. Burnside's "Fireman Ring the Bell," a high-tempo blues song today.

The song is being released eight days before Williams' new disc, "Rich White Honky Blues, " drops next Friday, June 17 via Easy Eye Sound.

A 12-song collection reprising classics from Robert Johnson, Lightnin' Hopkins, Burnside, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Turner and a few from Williams himself, captured live over the course of just three days by GRAMMY-winning producer Dan Auerbach.

Today's release follows "Jesus, Won't You Come By Here" with Kenny Brown's electric guitar, Auerbach on Dobro and Bobbie Wood's churchy piano and organ. He also has released "Georgia Women" and "44 Special Blues,' his take oin Robert Johnson's "32-20 Blues."

"You bring who you are," Williams said. "All that... all... of... that... is where my music comes from. When we got into the studio, the more we played, the deeper we got – and the deeper we got, the harder I wanted to go." "It's that rawness, and how real it is," said producer Auerbach, who is one-half of Black Keys. "I was always searching for the rawness, the darkest stuff. Once we were in it, as soon as we started playing, Hank was invested. That lifted everybody else up, to really push each other."

The track list is:
1. Rich White Honky Blues Track List
2. 44 Special Blues
3. Georgia Women
4. My Starter Won't Start
5. Take Out Some Insurance
6. Rich White Honky Blues
7. Short Haired Woman
8. Fireman Ring the Bell
9. Rock Me Baby
10. I Like It When It's Stormy
11. Call Me Thunderhead
12. TV Mama
13. Jesus, Won't You Come By Here


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