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Interview: Hank Williams III. by Mike Errico | Feb 14, | Text What's your relationship to these folks like? Waylon [Jennings] used to call me back when I. That seems to be the unfolding story of Hank Williams III. the grandson and son of country music legends Hank Williams Sr. and Jr. came with father, with whom he has had a rocky relationship, took interest when he learned of his problem. they don't get along at all!! Hank Jr is friends w/ kid rock, who 3 hates, and Jr is also friends w/ shooter jennings, who 3 also hates. Kid rock and.
His typical three-hour shows are anything but that. A typical night includes a Jekyll and Hyde format with a set list designed to accommodate the venue and crowd.
And so are his fans. The Internet has leveled the playing field as far as talent being heard today. The second I was done with Curb Records, it started all over for me. I am creatively free.
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I refused to sell Curb products on at merchandise table during shows. I only had my own CD I made 14 years ago up there for sale.
So yes, this is a new beginning. The Internet is providing an outlet for all true musicians to work for themselves and put their products out there without restrictions.
Interview: Hank Williams III
I think that in itself is awesome. In the old days, the lawyers outsmarted the musicians and took over the business. Nowadays, the musicians are able to take it back.
Did you find yourself in the ticket selling business as much as you do the music business these days? At the end of the day, I tour to tour. I can still show up in spots in Missouri and barely get 50 people out there. But I make sure they get one hell of a show.
As far as other things go, on ticket prices and sales, I make sure I put on the longest show for the cheapest ticket price. Most artists on the road throw out a price and hope it sticks.
You on the other hand, break down the physical costs of going on the road, then scale your tickets to cover costs. I think over the years people have respected me for playing to the working man, and taking care of the working man.
After all my shows, I shake every hand and thank everyone for coming out. In reality, people just want to see the artist. Yeah, those big shows are nice and all that, but keeping it simple and keeping it real is what we do. Talking to you right now, you seem quite energized, maybe more energized as a musician than you have been in the last ten years. Is it my imagination, or am I hearing a sense of energy in your voice? My guard is still up every day.
I just happen to go, go, go! I am always ready to get back on the road and do what we do. I have always been a workaholic. Literally, you are a chameleon who can change his style of music at the drop of a hat.
I make sure the first 90 minutes of my show I respect my country fans. I always make sure I do that. The rest of the show, however, I change it up. So being different and outside of the box, marching to my own drum, has given me a unique identity. Les Paul or Eric Clapton for instance, they could play rock, country and the blues.
Even my grandfather played rock and roll back in the day before it was even coined rock and roll. Did you know going into the deal you would have to compromise who you are? I was 12 years old. Since he worked with my dad for so long, I thought he was going to be way cooler to work with than he turned out to be. At the time, I figured if he worked with Hank Jr.
Interview: Hank Williams III - Mike Errico
For instance, look at Tim McGraw. They are sued him, raking his name through the coals in a big lawsuit. That says it all. Come on, are you really going to be that greedy?
Mike Curb was a better politician than he ever was a musician. Do you think you were initially signed to Curb because they thought they were getting a hybrid of your dad and grandfather? Here is the main reason I went to Curb. I had a manager at the time named Jack McFadden. Jack had Johnny Paycheck for 20 years, Buck Owens for almost This woman had waited three years to tell me I had a son. On stage, I was served paternity papers and they took me to court. Talk about putting a loaded gun to your head.
I had no choice but to sign with Curb Records. So yes, I got into bed with Curb for the money aspect of it. I figured I could later on do rock and mix it up again. The first two to four years of my career, I was strictly doing family shows, fairs, casinos, all these safe shows, until I got the majority of the back child support paid off.
I will show you what kind of a real job it can be. I wanted to rock out at first, then do my country and grow old with my country fans. But I had that reversed on me, and it actually worked out for the best. It helped me forge a unique career, helped me carve my hillbilly sound and it made it a little more special.
Getting back to the point however, the reason I signed with Curb was to take care of my son, and get the monies straightened out with the mother. How has that worked out over the years with your son? We have a great relationship. Williams lived the life of a nomadic punk rocker early on, but that changed when a court settlement decreed that Hank owed a large backlog of child support, and the judge instructed Hank to find more reliable employment.
The label issued Three Hanks: Men with Broken Hearts, which brought the voices of all three generations of Williams men together via the miracles of modern technology. It was about as far from what Hank III wanted as he could get and signaled the beginning of his stormy relationship with Curb.
Williams was in a tight spot. While his name, face, and uncanny vocal resemblance to his grandfather almost guaranteed him a thriving country audience, he had no patience for Nashville's squareness and rigid control. Hank and his Damn Band could wow a crowd with a spot-on set of gorgeous country balladry and spirited honky tonk.What is Hank III net worth in 2018? What's he been up-to these days?
But III could just as easily shift gears into screeching Black Flag -style punk rock with his hard-rocking combo Assjack. He was the kind of anomaly most record companies couldn't stand -- eminently marketable, yet defiantly unpredictable. Entitled Risin' Outlawit presented 13 rough-hewn country numbers colored by III 's honky tonking vocals.
And while he played his share of "country" gigs to support it, Williams also appeared at the Vans Warped Tour alongside punks like Rancid. The irascible III also dismissed Outlaw as a label-controlled fiasco almost immediately after its release.