What: The son of Hank Williams Jr. and grandson of Hank Williams, Hank 3 has forged his own musical path, performing both classic country and punk rock.
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Piere's, 5629 St. Joe Road
Cost: Tickets are $13 in advance; $15 day of show. They are available in advance at Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-3000.
What's in a name? A legacy, if your name is Shelton Hank Williams III.
But the grandson of Hank Williams and son of Hank Williams Jr. hasn't let that legacy determine his musical style.
The 40-year-old, who will perform Friday at Piere's, 5629 St. Joe Road, has forged his own style and is quoted in press material (he wasn't available for an interview) as saying, “Well, I knew I didn't want to be Hank Williams or Hank Jr., that's for sure.”
However much he didn't want to be like his forebears, he bears an uncanny resemblance to his grandfather, and sounds a bit like him, too, when he's performing a country set.
Musically, however, Hank 3 mostly does his own thing, and that includes everything from traditional country to punk rock.
According to his bio, Hank 3 believes country music has to include a stand-up bass, fiddle, banjo and steel guitar. His version of country music rings truer than much of the pop-masquerading-as-country that country radio plays.
“All those radio country songs aren't really country,” he says in his biography. “Plus all those damn songs are happy songs. Life ain't always happy.”
Check out this YouTube video of Hank 3 performing the country song “Guttertown” at www.hank3.com/videos.html. Then, on the same Web page, check out the punk rock side of Hank 3 as he performs “Branded.”
Hank 3 is touring in support of his new releases, due out Oct. 1: the double country album “Brothers of the 4 x 4” and the punk album “A Fiendish Threat.”
According to press material, his shows usually last three hours, starting with a country set and ending with “whatever his latest musical experiment happens to be.”