Outlaw singer Hank III goes beyond family tradition

Hank III by Jessica Blankenship
It is a sure bet that those country music singers that call themselves outlaws would not be able to last 5 minutes at a Hank III concert. Last night, the grandson of Hank Williams, Sr., played to a packed house at Busters in Lexington, Ky.
If you expected for a full tribute to his father and grandfather, you would have been disappointed to see Hank III. Separating himself with his own style of music, Hank III defines who he is. He is not afraid of doing what he wants when he wants.
The blend of country twang and rock guitar licks made for an interesting blend. Fans sang along with hit songs such as “Long Hauls and Fast Calls,” “Ghost to a Ghost,” “Mississippi Mud,” “Tore Up and Loud,” and many more.
Hank III paid tribute to the Whites of West Virginia with his song “D Ray White.” Legendary rebel Jesco White is the original dancing outlaw and friend of Hank III. The tune is featured in the movie on the White Family.
Two cover songs came into play. Ever haunting was Hank III singing “The Ride,” made famous by David Allan Coe about Hank Williams, Sr. The band shined when they played “Orange Blossom Special.”
Hank III knows his fan base and along with his band, knows how to entertain. With over two hours of country influenced songs followed by a more metal set, made the fans know their money was well worth spent.

Jessica Blankenship

Jessica Blankenship is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians.  Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County's Ten Under 40 Award Recipients.  In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky.  She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Hollercast podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more.  Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.

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