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Hank Williams III To Release Four Albums On The Same Day

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 6th, 2011.

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 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 and an ambient, lonesome mood - and a few very special guests.

Two more releases are "Attention Deficient Domination" and "3 Bar Ranch Cattle Callin" which are described as "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 musicia nship 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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1. R10 writes:

And i will be picking up these four albums on the release date! Hank lll represents everything that is right in music nowadays! Whether its his old school country,cow punk,and straight up metal,all his sh**s good. In times where crappy death core,djent,dub step,gets signed,Hank lll is a listening pleasure. His work with Anselmo;Arson Anthem was damn good to.

# Jun 24, 2011 @ 7:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. brandedcfh420 writes:

HANK III fkn rules outlaw country/hellbilly !!

# Jun 24, 2011 @ 11:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. sonictherapy writes:

Four albums makes sense in his case, as he has probably four styles. He's a real individual, not playing by anyone's rules.

# Jun 24, 2011 @ 11:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. ZMA writes:

Never listened to Hank III before. Just never really got around to it. But since the new catalog is gonna be four albums O_o, I'll have to give this a definite listen.

# Jun 25, 2011 @ 2:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. brandedcfh420 writes:

ZMA: look up his song "hellbilly joker"!!!

# Jun 25, 2011 @ 8:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Tivic writes:

Me & my mom are fans of his work. She has his country work while habe his Assjack cd.

# Jun 25, 2011 @ 10:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. ZMA writes:

Song sounds pretty sweet branded.

# Jun 26, 2011 @ 11:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. hellrat writes:

Fvck ya man... Kid comes from a proud line of rebel pioneers whom have always shunned conformity...looking forward to hearing ALL this new sh!t

I am fvcking down with the Williams' \m/

NP---Pictures from Life's Other Side---Hank Sr.

# Jun 26, 2011 @ 11:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Blindgreed1 writes:

His latest "Whisky Weed and Women" gave me goosebumps. He sounded so much like his grandpops, it was unreal.

# Jun 27, 2011 @ 11:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. spiral_architect writes:

i'll be getting these four albums the day they come out. brutally heavy metal and old-time country music are just my style. HANK WILLIAMS was the king of country music, and HANK3 is a heavy hitter in the world of true metal.

# Jun 27, 2011 @ 1:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. utoad9 writes:

Hank III does sound like his grand dad,,,,looks like him too. "Whiskey Weed and Women" is a great tune,BG, but it's not his latest. Its on the album "Lovesick,Broke and Driftin'" from 2002. His latest album is "Rebel Within". My favorite is probably "Straight to Hell" from 2006.

# Jun 27, 2011 @ 8:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Blindgreed1 writes:

Utoad! Where you been man? It's his latest to me. I'd never heard it before last Sunday. ;-) Straight to hell was cool as well. Searched all of his stuff after I heard WWW. Buddy of mine played with him for a while, but they all had to go to rehab. Lol.

# Jun 28, 2011 @ 11:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. utoad9 writes:

BG....glad somebody noticed my abscence! LOL New job has been kickin' my a$$. I check in fairly often...just can't seem to find the time to comment. (sorry for the delayed reply...see above). lmao

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