Long Gone Daddy
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As illustrated by Long Gone Daddy, this 2012 career-spanning sampler of Hank III songs, this third generation Hank has never veered from being fiercely independent while staying true in spirit to the path blazed by his family. "Tidy" is not a word often associated with the against-the-grain work of Hank III, but it s a fitting way to describe the way Long Gone Daddy packages up a full-bodied sampling of his career, style and influences. This 10-song collection could have been titled Long Gone Granddaddy for the shuffling country blues flavor of not just the Hank Williams covers but of much of the batch. The singer-songwriter Hank Williams influenced most, on this record at least, is Hank III, whose remarkable vocal, including yodeling sendoff on the title track, would have been just right on a circa 1950 Grand Ole Opry or Louisiana Hayride stage. A collection of six previously unreleased recordings and four resurrected from prior releases, the album is an exclamation point on the style and mood of Hank III s 1999 Risin Outlaw breakthrough and acclaimed follow-up Lovesick Broke & Driftin .
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I know artists have to progress, but this album makes me miss the older stuff. Now, I know that the hardcore hellbillies will disagree with me, and say that the stuff he puts out now is truer to who he is. Whether that's true or not, I don't know, but I do know that I like traditional country music the way Hank used to do it, without the screaming, drug and Satan references, dogs barking, etc. I think he'll put out some better stuff in the future, but he's even said, himself, that it would be hard for him to top his "Straight to Hell" album, which many consider to be his all-time best. Seems to me that even he realizes how high he set the bar for himself.
I just hope that he doesn't stop making traditional country albums, altogether.
2. Sun Comes Up - studio version of a popular live track that was available on the "Live from Scotland" bootleg
3. The Bottle Let Me Down - new??
4. Wreck Of The Old 97 - previously released on the Johnny Cash tribute "Dressed in Black" from 2002
5. Neath A Cold Grey Tomb Of Stone - previously released on "Three Hanks"
6. The Wind Blew Cold - new??
7. Good Hearted Woman - studio version is new, but you can find better live cuts on youtube
8. This Ain t Montgomery - w/ Joey Allcorn - originally released on Allcorn's debut album
9. What They Want Me To Be - This song is "Trashville" remixed
10. If The Shoe Fits - Shuffle Mix - Hank would never do this to one of his songs.
So to recount, there are 4 "new" songs on here....well, really 2 new Hank III songs. "The Bottle Let Me Down" and "The Wind Blew Cold" appear to be completely new. "Sun Comes Up" and "Good Hearted Woman" are new studio versions to songs that Hank performed live. Remember, Hank3 didn't release this album, Curb Records did. Any official release going forward will be under the Hank3 name, not Hank Williams III.
A few vocal readers seem to think that Hank III did not get paid for his work here... However, it seems to me that nobody really knows what kind of a deal he struck with Curb originally when he was a nobody or even recently when he cut all ties with them. One thing is for sure... money did exchange hands at some point...