Brothers Of The 4×4
(Hank 3 Records)
Make no mistake, folks. Hank Williams III is definitely a country singer. Despite the work he’s done in metal and punk, country is the man’s forte. Hell, it’s in his blood. Having not heard much of the original Hank Williams or Hank Jr., I can’t really say if this sounds just like the original Hank Williams, but I can say that I was listening to the album while an old man was fixing some things around the house and he thought I was listening to the original Hank Williams! Make no mistake, Hank 3 wrote a real country album. Yes, as in fiddles and banjos, not the pop-country that gets played on the television and radio these days. Some have even opted to use the term “Rebel Country” to divert it from that pop-injected mumbo jumbo. This is about as hillbilly or redneck as things can possibly be – and living in the south, it’s the music that represents life down here pretty well. With song titles like “Hurtin’ For Certin”, “Lookey Yonder Commin” (about Hank’s hunting dog) and “Possum In A Tree,” it really doesn’t get any more southern than this.
Obviously, this album isn’t going to be for everyone and that’s entirely understandable. Some of the people on this album will note that this is country and then utter the term “that’s my dad’s/mom’s music, ugh!” and skip right by this review. And maybe you might think that a man who has called himself The Grim Lord and The Fallen Alchemist wouldn’t be into such things, (and perhaps I’ll lose black metal brownie points for this) but believe it or not, there’s just something about classic country that speaks to me. I think it’s just the fact that it’s so real, and full of great stories about how much of a real bitch that life can be; yet it also deals with how wonderful it can be just as well. I think it was Johnny Cash and Red Sovine that really opened my eyes to this sort of music, maybe even David Allen Coe. But the point is, this album really is the spirit of the American heartland. If you’ve never been to the south before, you probably won’t get it. When you’ve sat down with a southern family and had chicken and beans and cornbread and taters, but not only had them, made them yourself from scratch – you’ll understand what I mean. Southern hospitality is just something that you won’t come across in the city, and that’s what Hank 3 offers with this album. It’s a down home country disc that will sit well in the dash of your old pickup, and you’ll be playing it for days, weeks, months, even years. Not every song on the album was great, but all of them are well worth a listen. Especially if you’ve never been down in these parts before. So get you a beer, and pop it in your DVD player, as I’ve seen folks (like myself) do. Ain’t nothin’ better for a down home get together than ol’ Hank 3. I may be a damn Yankee, but I’ve learned something about Rebel pride since I’ve been here, and Brothers Of The 4×4 is full of it. (Eric May)
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