SInce TMZ wont let me Post it. here ya go for some of there comments. 1st off The real name on My Birth certificate is Shelton Hank Williams III, Since. Born 40 years ago today to Hank Williams Jr. and Gwen Yeargin -- Hank Jr.’s second wife -- Hank3 was named Shelton Hank Williams III after his great-great grandfather. Growing up without a father himself, Hank Jr. wasn’t part of Hank3’s childhood, which had little connection. Shelton Hank Williams, also known as Hank Williams III or Hank 3, feels the weight of his family name every . We have a great relationship.
His opinions on this subject are well summed up in his songs "Trashville" and "Dick in Dixie". Williams' live shows typically follow a Jekyll and Hyde format: He plays both the country and the psychobilly with his " The Damn Band ". Assjack produces a very different sound than either, mixing heavy doses of metalcorepsychobilly, and hardcore punk. The lineup for Assjack includes the addition of supplemental vocalist Gary Lindsey and the departure of his fiddle and steel guitar players.
McElfresh's predecessor was fellow-fiddle-player Michael "Fiddleboy" McCanless, who would play all three sets, adding traditional violin for the country set of the concert before turning on different effect pedals for later sets. Fiddleboy died on February 1, Williams has had significant contractual conflicts with Curb Records.
He expressed dissatisfaction with his debut, and reportedly the label was unwilling to release his appropriately named This Ain't Country LP, nor to allow him to issue it on another record label.
In response, Williams began making T-shirts stating "Fuck Curb. Williams and label executive Mike Curb would be in and out of court for the next year before a judge ruled in favor of Williams in the spring ofdemanding that Curb release the album. Battles with Wal-Mart delayed the appearance of this album, which was released on February 28, as a two-disc set in two formats: The second I was done with Curb Records, it started all over for me. I am creatively free.Hank III Confronts a Heckler
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. 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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 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.
Congratulations on doing what you had to do. Then I started being a rebel. The thing is, those kinds of issues are always there. Your family history — have you ever felt it was an albatross around your neck?