Hank III has a lot of songs that name-check his musical influences. In “Country Heroes,” one of his best songs, he sings about getting drunk to the music of Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and David Allan Coe — all guys from the Outlaw side of country music.
The legendary Hank Williams, Sr., one of the original country rebels, gets a lot of play in Hank III’s lyrics as well. Hank III got his grandfather’s genes, that’s for sure. The physical and vocal resemblance is oft-noted and downright eerie.
The number of Hank III songs that reference country singers, however, is vastly exceeded by the number of Hank III songs about partying and hell-raising. Well, if his recent 25-song country set at Northern Lights is a guide, you could say nearly all of Hank III’s songs are about that.
Hank III tackles “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” at Northern Lights:
He started his Clifton Park show with “Straight to Hell,” a song that had the enthusiastic crowd – who knew the words to all the songs, it seemed – chanting along to the chorus of “One more round!”