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HANK3 Announces Upcoming Eastern U.S. Tour

HANK3 Announces Upcoming Eastern U.S. Tour

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HANK3, the most famous hellbilly rock n’ roll outlaw of all time, will perform at 14 music venues up, down, and all around the Eastern portion of the U.S. this June. The tour will kick off on June 3rd in Louisville, KY at the Mercury Ballroom and will run through West Virginia, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia before coming to an end on June 22nd in Raleigh, NC at the Lincoln Theatre.

For more information on the tour and to get your tickets, as well as other information on HANK3, please visit www.Hank3.com.

HANK3 Spring 2014 Tour Dates:

6/3 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom

6/4 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House

6/6 – Huntington, WV @ V Club

6/7 – Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant St

6/8 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Bar

6/10 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

6/11 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall

6/13 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom

6/14 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon

6/17 – New York, NY @ Gramercy

6/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero

6/20 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head

6/21 – Norfolk, VA @ NorVA

6/22 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre

HANK3 dropped his two new albums in October 2013; double country disc Brothers of the 4×4 and single punk disc A Fiendish Threat (by his new project “3”) via HANK3 Records.  Both new albums are also available in a double LP edition. Buy the records here: (Brothers of the 4×4) (A Fiendish Threat)

Earlier this year, HANK3 released the first music video from the albums, this time from A Fiendish Threat. The video is for the track ‘Different From the Rest’ and features some psychedelic studio footage of HANK3 doing what he does best – blasting out some raucous anthems.

 

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HANK3 Releases New Music Video for “Different From The Rest”

HANK3 Releases New Music Video for “Different From The Rest”

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HANK3 dropped his two new albums in October 2013; double country disc Brothers of the 4×4 and single punk disc A Fiendish Threat (by his new project “3”) via HANK3 Records.

HANK3 has released the first music video from the albums, this time from A Fiendish Threat. The video is for the track ‘Different From the Rest’ and features some psychedelic studio footage of HANK3 doing what he does best – blasting out some raucous anthems. Click here to watch the video, exclusively via CraveOnline.com.

Both new albums are also available in a double LP edition. Buy the records here: (Brothers of the 4×4) (A Fiendish Threat)

For more information on HANK3, please visit www.Hank3.com.

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HANK3 Announces More U.S. Tour Dates for September and October 2013

HANK3 Announces More U.S. Tour Dates for September and October 2013

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HANK3, the biggest hellbilly rock n’ roll outlaw of all time, recently closed the first leg of his hugely successful North American tour in support of his upcoming triple-threat of new releases (double disc Brothers of the 4×4 and single disc A Fiendish Threat), hitting stores October 1, 2013 via Hank3 Records. Now, HANK3 can announce the second leg of this tour, hitting major south western cities in late-September through mid-October. See below for all currently confirmed tour dates.

HANK3 TOUR DATES:

9/28 – Little Rock, AR @ The Revolution Music Room

9/30 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

10/1 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live

10/3 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar and Grill

10/4 – Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Sports Cafe

10/6 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater

10/8 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre

10/9 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory

10/10 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory (Day 2)

10/15 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst

As mentioned above, HANK3 will release a brand new DOUBLE country album, entitled Brothers of the 4×4, and a single punk album, entitled A Fiendish Threat, with his new project “3”. Both albums will be released in a double LP edition. With these dual releases,Brothers Of The 4×4 and A Fiendish Threat added to his already huge and varied arsenal of music, HANK3 will be raising all sorts of hell on stage while the fans raise their glasses in the audience once again, and you can bet your last dollar a damn good time will be had by all. Fans will get to taste the hardcore punk horror rock of A Fiendish Threat, a rippingly fast blast of sounds reminiscent of The Misfits, Minor Threat, 7 Seconds, The Ramones and other punk rock greats that are as much a part of HANK3‘s musical identity as his country roots. Fans will also get to hear HANK3’s country record, Brothers of the 4×4, which is just that- country, and the realness of it shines throughout the record like moonlight hitting a mason jar of corn liquor- it ain’t always the smoothest, and it doesn’t come wrapped in a fancy package, but it’s 100% pure whoop-ass in a bottle that gets the job done quicker and better and reminds you of where you originally came from once you figure out what just hit you.

When HANK3 hits the road, he hits it much harder than most. HANK3 shows are legendary for their length and intensity, averaging three hours a night, starting with a country set and ending with whatever his latest musical experiment happens to be. The man goes full throttle all the time, every time, as anyone who has ever been to one of his innumerable shows will attest.

In reference to the new records themselves, besides living the songs’ subject matter first, HANK3 sang and played both guitar and drums on both. As if pulling triple duty wasn’t enough, he engineered, produced, mixed and mastered all the tunes as well. Recording in his own home and releasing music on his own label, the Megaforce distributed HANK3 Records, allowed Williams complete creative control during the four month period it took to make both records.

For more information on HANK3, please visit www.Hank3.com.

 

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HANK3 To Unleash “Brothers of the 4×4” And “A Fiendish Threat” On October 1st!

HANK3 To Unleash “Brothers of the 4×4” And “A Fiendish Threat” On October 1st!

The king of hellbilly, Mr. HANK3 himself, is pleased to announce a triple-threat of new releases, hitting stores October 1, 2013. HANK3will release a brand new DOUBLE country album, entitled Brothers of the 4×4, and a single punk album, entitled A Fiendish Threat, with his new project “3”.  Brothers of the 4×4 will also be available as a single LP vinyl version, and A Fiendish Threat will be available as a double LP vinyl version.

Recording in his own home and releasing music on his own label, the Megaforce distributed HANK3 Records, allowed Williams complete creative control during the four month period it took to make both records.

Besides living the songs subject matter first, HANK3 sang and played both guitar and drums on the records. As if pulling triple duty wasn’t enough, he engineered, produced, mixed and mastered all the tunes as well.  Not bad for someone who in his own words is dyslexic and has ADD,  ccording to HANK3 “my mind is all over the place”. But even a man talented and driven enough to do (count ’em) seven jobs at once has his limits, so HANK3 has once again assembled a top-notch ensemble of pickers and pluckers for Brothers Of The 4×4 and A Fiendish Threat.

The required stand-up bass holds the low end down at the deft hands of Zach Shedd, with David McElfresh and Billy Contreras whipping razor sharp bows across the fiddle. Daniel Mason handles banjo, with a special guest appearance on “Possum In A Tree” by former National Old-Time Banjo Champion Leroy Troy working his banjo in the old school clawhammer style, while Andy Gibson wrings the sweetest of notes out his stand up steel guitar. Finally, long-time collaborator and fellow multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Johnny Hiland rips his chicken pickin’ guitar to feathers and shreds.

A little bit of country...

A little bit of country…

HANK3‘s latest country record is just that- country, and the realness of it shines throughout the record like moonlight hitting a mason jar of corn liquor- it ain’t always the smoothest, and it doesn’t come wrapped in a fancy package, but it’s 100% pure whoop-ass in a bottle that gets the job done quicker and better and reminds you of where you originally came from once you figure out what just hit you. On “Outdoor Plan” he sings of fishing and hunting as a way of life, and it’s a fact that more than one deer and turkey has met its maker at the end of HANK3’s gun’s barrel. The title track, “Brothers of the 4×4” celebrates the wide open full throttle love of off roadin’ and rootin’ in a four wheel drive- the cover of the record shows Williams mud bogging in a custom 4×4, and it’s not some redneck rental- that’s his ride. And because life ain’t always happy, when the heartbreak and hard times cracks through the sonic celebration on songs like “Loners 4 Life” and “Ain’t Broken Down”, it’s because HANK3 is well acquainted with the darker side of life, and not as some tourist. The album is a rich and gritty sounding mixture of sadness, pride, hope- in other words, it’s a great country record.

As mentioned above, HANK3 will head out on a headline tour of select major markets on August 24th. The tour will kick off in Austin, TX at The Austin Bat Fest, and will tour several cities, coming to a close on September 8th in Atlanta, GA at The Masquerade.

... a little bit of punk.

… a little bit of punk.

With Brothers of the 4×4 and A Fiendish Threat set for release October 1st, Williams is ready to hit the road, and when he hits the road, he hits it much harder than most. Hank 3 shows are legendary for their length and intensity, averaging three hours a night, starting with a country set and ending with whatever his latest musical experiment happens to be. For this touring cycle, fans will get to taste the hardcore punk horror rock of A Fiendish Threat, a rippingly fast blast of sounds reminiscent of The Misfits, Minor Threat, 7 Seconds, The Ramones and other punk rock greats that are as much a part of Hank 3’s musical identity as his country roots. But A Fiendish Threat, like all of the man’s musical output, is anything but a formulaic, by-the-numbers rehash of what has been previously done by others. Stand up bass, fiddle, and banjo are not exactly standard instruments in punk rock, but they are on this record, riding beneath 3’s howling distorted vocals. Perhaps this is the birth of rebelcore punk? Whatever you want to call it, Williams has left his own touch on the genre, even utilizing a bizarrely beautiful Hula-music-on-acid sounding Hawaiian guitar at times. Some of the songs can make the listener feel like someone dropped LSD in their cheap draft beer at a CBGB matinee show headlined by a ghoulish Hawaiian punk band. A Fiendish Threat is yet another of Williams already numerous signature sounds, and he’s excited to put it in front of the audience for the first time. “You know when you do a new record, you just want to play it for all your friends. That’s what I’m excited for with this punk record, I get use a voice that doesn’t get used that often, and pay respects to some of my influences at the same time. Doing this record made feel like I was growing stronger- it took some of the years off me, to tell you the truth. Playing it makes me feel young again,” he laughs, “How long I will be able to pull it off all depends on the voice, man.”

With these dual releases, Brothers Of The 4×4 and A Fiendish Threat added to his already huge and varied arsenal of music, HANK3will be raising all sorts of hell on stage while the fans raise their glasses in the audience once again, and you can bet your last dollar a damn good time will be had by all. The man goes full throttle all the time, every time, as anyone who has ever been to one of his innumerable shows will attest.

Listen to Brothers of the 4×4 and A Fiendish Threat, go to a show, and find out for yourself. Just remember the next day, after a few aspirins, a dinner at your own table, and a sleep in your own bed, that HANK3 will be down the road doing his thing again, and for that rebel, “doing the best I can” means something a little different than it does for the average man.

HANK3 Tour Dates:

8/24 Austin, TX @ The Austin Bat Fest

8/25 Ft. Worth, TX @ Rail Club

8/26 Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom

8/27 Lawrence (KC), MO @ Granada

8/29 Sauget, IL @ Pops

8/30 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Pierre’s

8/31 Flint, MI @ Machine Shop

9/1 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue

9/2 Pittsburgh, PA @ Alter

9/4 Lancaster, PA @ The Chameleon

9/5 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

9/6 Richmond, VA @ National

9/7 Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend

9/8 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

HANK3’s new biography was recently penned by none other than heavy metal renaissance man and self-proclaimed redneck Randy Blythe of Lamb of God. Who better than a backwoods brother from another mother to conjure up a personal summary of HANK3’s recent successes and future plans?

 

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Hank III Offers Free Download of Two “Cattle Callin” Tracks

Hank III Offers Free Download of Two “Cattle Callin” Tracks

You never know what you’re going to get from Hank3, and that’s certainly the case with his three brand-new albums – one country/hellbilly, one doom rock, and one speed metal – all due out September 6 on his own Hank3 Records.

His speed metal offering – 3 Bar Ranch Cattle Callin – explores a new mind-bending “Cattle Core” sound, featuring Hank3’s speed metal woven in and around actual cattle auctioneering, and in some cases, his own higher-register vocal treatment laid over the top. Well-known auctioneers Tim Dowler and Mitch Jordan are featured on the album. Metal fans will notice some tongue-in-cheek humor with titles such as “Heavy Cattle” and “Angus of Death.”

Decibel’s Deciblog is exclusively offering a free download of two songs from 3 Bar Ranch Cattle Callin – “Branded” and “Black Cow.” Log onto www.decibelmagazine.com/blog

and check them out. We doubt you’ve ever heard anything like it.

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Hank III To Unleash Four New Albums On September 6th!

Hank III To Unleash Four New Albums On September 6th!

With his own new label,  Hank3 Records, and the sense that he has thrown off the chains holding him back creatively, Shelton Hank Williams III, aka Hank3, is coming out swinging this year with the release of FOUR records on September 6 – that’s right – FOUR.

The unprecedented launch, in a distribution partnership with Megaforce Records (MRI), features a broad range of music that bridges more than one head-thumping genre – a familiar theme that true Hank3 fans have embraced for years.  Ghost to a Ghost/Guttertown, a double-album set, is a straight-shooting country collection, flavored with Hank3’s trademark hellbilly sound, and heavily weighted with Cajun influence (especially on Guttertown) and an ambient, lonesome mood – and a few very special guests.

Two more releases are Attention Deficient Domination and 3 Bar Ranch Cattle Callin – intensely metal-driven records on which Hank3 plays all instruments.  Attention Deficit Domination is a pressure-dropping, doom rock statement that has been anticipated by his hardcore fans for years, and Cattle Callin explores a new mind-bending “Cattle Core” sound, featuring Hank3’s speed metal woven in and around actual cattle auctioneering.

All three projects were recorded at The Haunted Ranch, Hank3’s home and studio that lies on the outskirts of Nashville – a fitting place since the town has never really known what to do with this grandson of the American icon.  He finally parted ways with Curb Records January 1

“I have musical freedom.  I’m able to say ‘Here’s my record’ and I don’t have to go through a million different channels just to put out a song,” he says. “It’s all me now.”

Hank3 wrote the lion’s share of the songs that appear on the 41-track Ghost to a Ghost.   The players are Andy Gibson on steel guitar and banjo, who also aided in its recording, David McElfresh on fiddle and mandolin, Zach Shedd on standup bass, Daniel Mason on banjo, super-picker Johnny Hiland on guitar, Billy Contreras on fiddle, and Rory Hoffman on accordion.

Guest appearances include the mythical Tom Waits on the haunted “Fadin Moon” from Guttertown and on the Ghost to a Ghost title track, Alan King of Hellstomper, Les Claypool of Primus fame and beyond, Dave Sherman, Troy Medlin and Hank3’s dog, Trooper.

Cuts such as “Guttertown,” “Ridin The Wave,” and “The Devil’s Movin In” on Ghost to A Ghost, and “Goin to Guttertown,” “The Low Line,” and “I’ll Save My Tears” on Guttertown highlight both the excellent musicianship on the records, and Hank3’s unmistakable, confident vocals.

Attention Deficit Domination allows the listener into Hank3’s crunching, metal world of the heavy and the slow, complete with his renowned, fundamental percussion.  The nine tracks hardly allow you to get up from the floor.  With songs such as “I Feel Sacrificed” and the tormented

“Livin Beyond Doom,” Hank3 works a ground somewhere between devastation and high theatre.
“Both A.D.D. and Cattle Callin are very intense.  It’s very manic,” Hank3 says.  “It’s hard to follow, even for the guys I play with.  I’m playing everything on these two.  It’s very complex.”

There are 23 tracks on Cattle Callin, featuring Hank3’s driving, formidable guitar attack, with instrumentation build around the auctioneering and, in some cases, his own higher-register vocal treatment laid over the top.  Metal fans will notice some tongue-in-cheek humor with titles such as “Heavy Cattle” and “Angus of Death.”  Also, fans of bluegrass will love the banjo-driven “Cattle Callin Lonesome Blues,” featuring Mason.

“I was raised around it [cattle auctioneering] and it’s pretty amazing how fast these guys are,” Hank3 says.  “Hip-hop has looped auctioneers.  Bluegrass has messed around with it a little bit.  This has never been done in the heavy metal world.”

The September release of all three projects represents a new birth for Hank3, and he’s happy to have the chance.

“Megaforce Records has helped me with my vision to do something that’s never been done before,” he says.  “They’re handling my distribution, and I wanted to flood the market and do everything different.  I wanted to come out of the gate strong.

“I’m opening up the mind a little bit and bringing some different styles together.”

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