When Waylon sang, "I don't think Hank done it this way," he couldn't have foreseen the musically bipolar grandson of Hank Sr. that is Hank III. A little bit country and a little bit, um, demonic metal, the 3 is a pioneer in a new demographic, namely the country-lovin' thrash-metal fan.
A dead ringer for his pioneering grandfather, Hank Williams III started out in a traditional country vein, mining the rich family legacy. He soon meandered into a rockabilly mode, recording covers on his debut, Risin' Outlaw. His most recent release, 2002's Lovesick Broke & Driftin', features all Hank III originals with the exception of a weird countrified cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City."
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But here's the curveball: The son of Bocephus also has a dark metal side that manifests itself in a second set live with a band known as Ass-Jack. Maybe a by-product of copious weed smoking or a desire to forge his own musical style or just a natural rebellion, Ass-Jack is devilish and fast, dark and unrelenting.
Hank Williams III
Marquee Theatre, 730 North Mill in Tempe
Scheduled to perform with Scott Biram on Thursday, January 22. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $16. Call 480-829-0707 for more information.
So, if you are in the mood for some honky-tonk music and want to cap the night off with a slice of good ol' hell, Hank III is your boy.