Armed with an unprecedented three brand new albums - the double-country Ghost to a Ghost/Guttertown, the doom-rock Attention Deficient Domination, and the speed metal Cattle Callin' - all to be released on September 6 through his very own, just-launched label Hank3 Records, Hank Williams III, now and forever to be known as Hank3, will kick off the first leg of his 2011 North American tour in Atlanta on Labor Day, Monday, September 5. The 22-date tour will play shows through the South into Texas, across to Los Angeles, and up to the Pacific Northwest, ending in Denver on October 6. For ticket purchasing information, log onto www.hank3.com. The full itinerary is below.
"I've been off the road for awhile, and I'm looking' at two years of bein' full-on dedicated to goin' out there and doin' what we do," said Hank3. "That's one of the reasons I wanted to release all of these albums at the same time, so I could just focus back on the touring again."
As his fans have come to expect, Hank3 will give everyone in attendance their money's worth by performing for anywhere from two-and-a-half to three-hour sets a night. The evening will open with a country set, followed by a louder, rowdy hellbilly set, culminating with a set featuring his new metal/doom band, Attention Deficit Domination.
"This is gonna be a little different for the fans who have been used to seein' Assjack for the last 10 years," Hank3 explained. "Assjack was almost fast hardcore, and ADD is slow, Melvins, sleep-oriented doom rock. So it's gonna be a lot different to see and feel, compared to what most people are used to seein' me do live."
All three of Hank3's new releases were recorded at the Haunted Ranch, Hank3's home and studio just outside of Nashville. He wrote the bulk of the songs that appear on the 41-track Ghost to a Ghost/Guttertown, a straight-shooting country collection, flavored with Hank3's trademark Hellbilly sound, and heavily weighted with Cajun influence and an ambient, lonesome mood. Ghost to a Ghost features guest appearances by Tom Waits, Alan King of Hellstomper, Les Claypool of Primus fame, Dave Sherman, Troy Medlin, and Hank3's dog, Trooper. Attention Deficit Domination allows the listener into Hank3's crunching, metal world of the heavy and the slow, complete with his renowned, fundamental percussion. The nine tracks hardly allow you to get up from the floor. The 23-track Cattle Callin features Hank3's driving, formidable guitar attack, with instrumentation built around the auctioneering (provided by legendary auctioneers Mitch Jordan and Tim Dowler) and, in some cases, his own higher-register vocal treatment laid over the top. You've never heard anything like it.
"I've always taken the hard road," he added. "That's what makes us different and what gives the wide audience range of 14 to 80. Cowboys, punks, metalheads, jocks, grandmas, and the average everyday person. We bring them all together under the same roof. That's what makes us proud. That's what makes it worth it at the end of the day."
Dates for the first leg of Hank3's North American tour are as follows:
5 The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
7 House of Blues, New Orleans, LA
8 Scout Bar, Houston, TX
9-10 The Rail Club, Ft. Worth, TX
12 House of Rock, Corpus Christi, TX
13 Emo's, Austin, TX
15 Backstage Live, San Antonio, TX
16 Trees, Dallas, TX
17 Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
19 Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ
20 The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA
21 House of Blues, San Diego, CA
23 The Roxy, Los Angeles, CA
24 Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
25 Knitting Factory, Reno, NV
29 The Domino Room at Midtown, Bend, OR
30 Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR
1 Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
3 Showbox At The Market, Seattle, WA
4 Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT
6 Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO