Hank III-Welcome To The South Motherfucker
Music Incider interviews Hank III -
Music Incider Magazine
I love Hank. He is the fucking attitude I have found in the South. He's country, and he is metal that is hard as hell
that is hard as hell. He could have made a total living sounding like the Hanks before him-but
he bridges a gap with his music and clearly fucking outlines the path from country to metal.
It takes somebody with balls of steel to tell off the head of their label in an interview. It takes
balls of steel to tell of Wal-Mart. It a lot of ways-Hank is my motherfucking hero. Read on.
MI: Tell us about the new CD.
Hank: It's got 13 tracks on one CD and it has low bass, midrange medium songs. It has dark topics, some good, and some bad. Then there's another CD that has one prison song on it and a hidden 42 minute track. It's called Straight To Hell and I have no idea when it will be released. Goddamn Wal-Mart is the motherfucking enemy.
MI: Why is Wal-Mart the enemy?
Hank: Because they're 40% of Country music sales and I'm like "Fuck, our fans aren't all country music so fuck Wal-Mart." That's where it's stuck at right now.
MI: Tell us what you want people to know about you?
Hank: That we do it Jekyll and Hide show. Our show is an hour of Country and then we do about 30 minutes of Hellbilly and then we do about 40 minutes of Assjack with about 3 bands in one show and we try to pay respects to everything we can.
MI: What is it like to be compared vocally to your Grandfather?
Hank: I'm not compared vocally as much as I've gotten older and been drinking and smoking and screaming. It's taken its toll but I still got the high nasally thing on a good day but there's only one Hank Williams and he's dead and gone and he was the king and he'll never be back.
MI: Have you ever inhaled?
Hank: Of course. We do that everyday and preach it everyday.
MI: What are your thoughts on legalizing marijuana in the US?
Hank: If they did do that it would give the farmers hope again. Farmers would be able to have farms and live off the land a lot more if they had a new crop. Most guys can barely get by with the cows and the chickens and all that stuff. If hemp came back it would open the flood gates to farming. I'd feed the families that would have to sell pot to keep the farm going. It's always going to be here and you're never going to get rid of it. It's natural, step up and mature a little bit.
MI: Did you always want to be a musician or did you want to be something else when you were younger?
Hank: I always just wanted to be a player in a band. I just wanted to play drums, that was my whole deal. Still to this day I go out in other bands and just try to be a player. Dealing with the front man slots has got its good and its bads. In Superjoint Ritual I get to be a player and in Shotgun Club I get to be a player. I always knew I'd be involved in music but I didn't think it would be as much of the writing and singing and all that. Everything happens for a reason and we've been on this road for 10 years and I'm going knock this road down until I'm 50 and then enjoy the other side of life which is more recording and writing and not killing yourself out there.
MI: What do you think about playing at the small clubs since Dimebag's death?
Hank: I had to walk into that situation with no changes. The security is no different, we still let kids on the stage, I still jump straight down into the audience after shows and say hello or hear all the 'fuck yous' from everybody. I thought it would be a little different. If and when Phil Anselmo goes on the road I'm sure security will be a little different.
MI: Do you have any Dimebag stories to tell us?
Hank: Of course. The last time I got to see him, David Allen Coe, Dimebag and Vinny came out to one of our shows. David sang and we all had a good time so we went back to the house to record and the bus got stuck in Dimebag's grass driveway. So we record all night long and there were a couple strippers running around and about 6 in the morning the driver notices one of them losing it so he invites her onto the bus. So then she's walking down the street screaming at the top of her lungs and sure enough the police show up. The first thing she says is "I was up on that bus and those people gave me drugs and tried to hurt me!" So I have 7 county sheriffs and all that Texas shit standing outside and they're asking what's going on. I told them that I was recording with DAC and Dime and Vinny and this girl has been losing her mind all fucking night. Then they tell me that they'll give me an hour to get out of there so I go talk to Dime and tell him about the cops. After the police leave he gets in his car and he says "I'll show you how to get back to the interstate!" He gets in his brand new Cadillac and takes out about 5 mailboxes and at least 20 shrubs from all his neighbors and when we get to where we're supposed to take a left he just keeps going straight into the woods and crashes into all the trees. Then he gets out and gives us the metal horns and says "Man, you gotta go that way and the interstate is right there!" We asked him if he was alright and he said "Yeah, I do this like once a fucking month." That was the last time I saw him in person.
MI: How has being a Williams affected your music career?
Hank: It's got its good and its bads. People know more now days that it's not Hank Jr it's not Hank Williams, it's a little bit of this kind of Country which isn't boot scootin Country. Now a days there more kids in black. There are still cowboy hats and older folks, but I got a diverse audience.
MI: What were your musical influences growing up?
Hank: ZZ Top, Ted Nugent, Black Sabbath, Waylon, Willie, Johnny Cash, and all that shit was around when I was growing up. Then I moved to Atlanta and got hooked up on 91.1 which was more Punk Rock and Metal and fucked up stuff. I found the furthest thing from Country and fell in love with it and it kept getting harder and heavier. Two massive amounts of influences.
MI: Would you agree that the new MTV sucks?
Hank: Oh yeah, MTV has sucked for a long time. MTV might as well be BET 2. There's no Metal, maybe an hour out of the day there's Metal. It's all about reality shows and Hip Hop. There are a couple hours a day where you might see bands. Someone with the power, like Jack Osbourne, should open a channel that plays nothing but the old vintage videos and the new fucking bands. There needs to be a full on real music channel.
MI: If you could bury someone alive in cement who would it be and why?
Hank: It would have to be Mr. Mike Curb for wasting ten years of my life.
MI: How does your new album come out on Curb?
Hank: It may not come out on Curb. If it does it's because I've been saying 'fuck you' for ten years and now he's ready to step up. He said it himself; "I don't know how to market you." Don't market us; all we're trying to do is put out fucking records. Frank Zappa has put out over 80 records and my dad has put out over 76 records. Goddammit, we have 2 out of ten fucking years and I got to make my own bootlegs and have shit released. Wal-Mart is fucking with us, Mr. Curb is fucking with us, but either way we're going to get it out and move on.
MI: If you could give advice to a young person getting into the music business, what would it be?
Hank: It depends if they want to make money or not. If they want to make money and play the game, go for it. If you care about your music and want to do it your way you're not going to make much money. It's going to be like Bluegrass or Jazz; you play it because you love it. The only payoff you're going to get is mainly from the fans. You're not going to get a big check. When you go to a major label you have to work for them and do their ideas and do their songs so they get their cut. There's a certain few out there that can be on a major and do what they do.
MI: If you could donate a million dollars to charity what charity would it be?
Hank: Either farm oriented, cancer oriented, or pet oriented.
MI: What's your favorite movie of all time?
Hank: Those kinds of questions I can't give one answer, but for right now I'll say Tribulation 99.
MI: If you were God for a week what would you change?
Hank: I would get rid of all STDs.
MI: Do you believe in psychics?
MI: Have you ever had a paranormal experience?
Hank: Yes. In an old Civil War house I have seen ghosts.
MI: If you were stuck on a desert island and could bring one person, one book, one CD, and your favorite bottle of liquor, what would they be?
Hank: Seagram 7, the book would be The Redneck Manifesto, the girl would be Ashley Blue who is my favorite porn star, and the CD would be Black Sabbath- Past Lives.
MI: If you could design a memorial for Dimebag, what would it be?
Hank: It would be him standing there holding his Washburn guitar with two big bottles of his favorite alcohol on each side and a big ass motherfucking rebel flag behind him in downtown Dallas, Texas.
MI: When you're not on the road and not writing, what are you doing?
Hank: Unfortunately, I'm on this goddamn phone being a manager. If I'm absolutely doing nothing I'm playing video games or drums.
MI: If you could be a super hero who would you be?
Hank: The Joker since I never laugh.
MI: What message would you like to send to your fans?
Hank: Live long and strong, do what you want to do, and be proud of where you're from.
MI: This one is from my mom. What's your special message for your number one fan Irene Fara?
Hank: We appreciate it and we hope to see you soon and we give you a big hug.
MI: What is your favorite quote of all time?
Hank: If you want something done you got to do it yourself.
MI: What is your website?
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