Hank III, Assjack, Those Poor Bastards Friday, February 20, at the Longhorn Saloon, Fort Worth

Shelton Hank Williams III has made a career of not doing what is expected of him. Born in the bloodlines of two bona fide country music legends, Hank Williams and Hank Williams Jr., he opted to play in punk rock bands instead of capitalizing on his family name and going the easy way into the music industry. However, when the time came to provide for a family, he did what he had to do: cash in on the family name.

Rather than just following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps, though, Hank III went his own way, fusing punk with the hillbilly sound of his grandfather for a raucous hellbilly sound. And, through constant touring, Williams the Third has developed a rabid cult following. Live, he showcases the duality of his musical loves by performing two sets of completely different music: first, he and his Damn Band showcasing their hellbilly sound; second, he shows off his punk chops with his band Assjack.

Touring in support of his new album Damn Right, Rebel Proud, Hank III will bring his hellacious stage show to the newly re-opened Longhorn Saloon in Fort Worth with Wisconsin's similar-minded Those Poor Bastards in tow.

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Lance Lester

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