Hank Williams Jr. Releasing Full Tilt Blues Album w/ Dan Auerbach
photo: Alysse Gafkjen

Individuals who know Hank Williams Jr., they know that he’s generally viewed as the blues as the final basis to his seem, not dissimilar to his renowned father, who was taught to perform guitar by a nearby blues performer named Rufus “Tee-Tot” Payne. Nicely now for the 1st time, Hank Williams Jr. will completely immerse himself into the blues aspect of state in a new album called Wealthy White Honky Blues manufactured by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.

Out June 17th via Straightforward Eye Audio, this will be in contrast to any of the other Hank Williams Jr. albums we have heard in his 56 prior releases, including later in his profession. Even with preceding albums like 2012’s Aged Faculty New Procedures and 2016’s It’s About Time, Bocephus still appeared to be chasing the plan of elongating or rekindling his mainstream country career.

But this album is strictly a enthusiasm challenge, and will be comprehensive of fundamental blues tunes, articulated by authentic blues pickers, released on an unbiased label. “The blues is in which it all comes from,” suggests Williams. “It’s the begin of almost everything musical in my relatives every little thing starts off with Tee-Tot and flows from there. I’ve usually flirted with this stripped again blues—all the way back to the ‘80s. But I at last built an album that’s just that, and I like it.”

Signing up for Hank Williams Jr. in the studio ended up R. L. Burnside’s “adopted son,” electrical slide guitarist Kenny Brown, bassist Eric Deaton identified for backing up T-Model Ford and Paul “Wine” Jones, and drummer Kinney Kimbrough, son of North Mississippi blues legend Junior Kimbrough. This album is basically a Body fat Possum blues revitalization task, performed by a Place Tunes Hall of Famer from the most well-known bloodline of country artists.

“If you wished to engage in this kind of music, you could not have better gamers,” Dan Auerbach suggests. “The to start with time I at any time noticed Hank Jr. on Television set, I was a child lifted on Robert Johnson and Hank Williams, Sr. data, and all those points arrived through so evidently looking at him. So, I tried using to assemble the right components to just sit in that piece of who he is.”

Following to start with floating the strategy of creating this album again and forth, Hank Jr. reportedly bought cold ft when he very first walked into the studio. “First factor he said to me when he walked in was, ‘I really don’t actually truly feel like fucking with this shit!’ And he walked into one more place,” Auerbach reports. But shortly, Hank Jr.’s bluesman change moi nicknamed “Thunderbird Hawkins” emerged, and they knocked out the periods in a few days.

As you can see from the video clip of “.44 Blues” down below, Hank Williams Jr. has generally been an underrated guitar player and musician, and usually takes to blues as simple as country, if not a lot easier. He did release another blues album in 1966 known as Blues My Title, but it continue to had country inflections and songwriters. Wealthy White Honky Blues will be an totally distinct ballgame.

The news of the album arrives at a unusual time—less than 24 hrs soon after it was uncovered that Hank Jr.’s spouse Mary Jane Thomas died unexpectedly on March 22nd. In accordance to Hank Jr.’s publicist, “While Williams deemed delaying the project’s announcement, time with his household led to one summary: tunes provides solace in the most tricky occasions,” pointing out that the new undertaking ends with a “prayer for redemption,” which maybe can make the announcement poignant.

Rich White Honky Blues is now accessible for pre-order.

Loaded White Honky Blues Observe Checklist

  1. .44 Distinctive Blues
  2. Ga Women of all ages
  3. My Starter Will not Start
  4. Choose Out Some Insurance policies
  5. Abundant White Honky Blues
  6. Quick Haired Woman
  7. Fireman Ring the Bell
  8. Rock Me Newborn
  9. I Like It When It is Stormy
  10. Contact Me Thunderhead
  11. Tv Mama
  12. Jesus Will You Come By Here