Thursday, February 16, 2006

In House #1558: Hank Williams III's Straight to Hell, Willie Nelson's Gay Cowboy Song, Roseanne Cash

As one might gather, Hank Williams III is both the son of Hank Williams Jr. and the grandson of Hank Williams. Three albums into his own career, Hank III has more or less embraced the legacies of each and in many ways his music embodies both the chemical-dependence and the honky-tonk broken-heartedness found in those legacies. He's also drawn on the darker edges of those lives-- his grandfather's early self-destruction-aided death seems to be a common theme, in different ways, in his own music.

His latest, Straight to Hell, is due out at the end of the month after a lengthy delay, the story of which involves the album's "questionable content" and the refusal of a retail giant (Wal-Mart, one would guess) to carry it because of this. Anyway, Hank's latest batch of songs about drinkin', drugs and mean women is apparently going to be released in two versions to make everyone happy, though they may miss out on the biting if slightly juvenile attack on mainstream country, "Dick in Dixie."

In House #1558.
Airdate: 2/16/06
Focus: Upcoming release from Hank Williams III, Straight to Hell, plus Willie Nelson’s new gay cowboy song and new music from Roseanne Cash and more.

Willie Nelson:
"Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly (Fond of Each Other)" (MP3)



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