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Shelton Hank Williams III releases his Rebel Within

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Concert: Hank 3 is scheduled to play Albuquerque’s Sunshine Theater Aug. 14

By Jennifer Garcia

Keeping family traditions alive is the main reason they are handed down to younger generations. They can range from a skill to a trade, to heirlooms. In Shelton Hank Williams’ III (aka Hank 3) case, music has trickled down through the generations.
His grandfather Hank Williams was a country western musician. His father, Hank Williams Jr. followed in those footsteps and brought his own form of “outlaw” country to the limelight. Hank 3 is paving his own way, however, mixing his country roots with punk and rock, making a kind of “hellbilly” fusion of diabolical country/punk/rock music.
“The career of Shelton Hank Williams III (aka Hank3) has doubled as a sort of crusade in which he breaks all the rules of country music while somehow managing to honor its traditions at the same time. As he put it back in ’06, ‘Everybody calls themselves outlaws and all that stuff, but that’s what’s missing in country music. Everything’s so clean and pretty and perfect, and you need a couple of people in there that aren’t perfect and that don’t sound the best. That’s the way some of the best guys were, man,’ ” according to a press release.