Hank III has put out two solid albums of "real" country that do hark back to the days of his grandfather. Drawing on influences such as his dad and granddad, Johnny Cash, Wayne "The Train" Hancock (who often plays guitar in his touring band), Merle Haggard, David Allen Coe and other traditional country artists, III takes the genre a step further by blending it with his rock, punk, and metal influences. On this album he even covers the Bruce Springsteen song "Atlantic City". In response to the criticism that he needs to go his own way, you can see that he has forged his own path when you see him live. His band performs many covers such as "Cocaine Blues" and "Rambling Man." He also mentions influences such as the Eagles and the Rolling Stones, bands that certainly did not influence the rest of his family. Then when his other band Assjack takes the stage it is very clear that he has taken his own route. Assjack puts on one of the loudest shows I've ever seen (and I love metal and punk) by combining influences such as the Misfits, Slayer, Pantera, Metallica, and others. Also, in response to III's distancing himself from Nashville (w/ songs such as "Trashville"), he has good reason. The music coming out of Nashville right now is exactly that...trash. It is dance music with acoustic guitars and cowboy hats, not country. The real country artists out there are not getting the attention they deserve. Even III has had a tough time with his record label which refuses to release his Assjack albums (III burns the cds and sells the bootlegs on his own at his shows). If you like traditional outlaw country then this album will please you. Also, even if you don't like metal (you can leave before Assjack b/c they're last), you should definitely make a point of seeing Hank III b/c his show is phenomenal. It is extremely entertaining, rowdy, and one hell of a good time.