Title - 'It's About Time'
Artist - Hank Williams Jr.
Well, for those not in the know, Randall Hank Williams, known professionally as Hank Williams Jr., is an American singer, songwriter and musician. His musical style is often considered a blend of Southern rock, blues, and traditional country. He is the son of legendary country music singer Hank Williams and the father of Hank Williams III, Holly Williams, Hilary Williams, Samuel Williams, and Katie Williams.
Williams began his career by following in his famed father's footsteps, singing his father's songs and imitating his father's style. Williams's own style slowly evolved as he struggled to find his own voice and place within the country music industry. This trend was interrupted by a near-fatal fall off the side of Ajax Peak in Montana on August 8th, 1975. After an extended recovery, he challenged the country music establishment with a blend of country, rock, and blues. Williams enjoyed much success in the 1980s, from which he earned considerable recognition and popularity both inside and outside the country music industry.
As a multi-instrumentalist, Williams's repertoire of skills include guitar, bass guitar, upright bass, steel guitar, banjo, dobro, piano, keyboards, harmonica, fiddle, and drums. From 1989 until October 2011, a version of his song "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" was used as the opening for broadcasts of Monday Night Football.
Having been a Hank Williams Jr. fan ever since I was a teenager back in the early 2000s, I was wondering if he would release a new album as it has been quite some time since his last one. In 2009, he released 127 Rose Avenue and I almost immediately bought it. It wasn't his greatest album, but a few of the songs, such as "Gulf Shore Road," quickly became favorites of mine.
Then 2011 happened and along with it came the 2012 politically charged Old School, New Rules album which did have quite a few excellent numbers (i.e. "I'm Gonna Get Drunk and Play Hank Williams All Night Long"). Then, Hank seemed to have disappeared.
1. "Are You Ready for the Country?"
2. "Club U.S.A."
3. "God Fearin' Man"
4. "Those Days Are Gone"
5. "Dress Like an Icon"
6. "God and Guns"
7. "Just Call Me Hank"
8. "Mental Revenge"
9. "It's About Time"
10. "The Party's On"
11. "Wrapped Up, Tangled Up In Jesus [God's Got It]"
12. "Born to Boogie"
In, It's About Time, Hank Williams Jr. re-emerges into the public eye and proves that he can still rock and roll his way through his kind of country music while sharing the stage with Eric Church, Brad Paisley and Justin Moore. Like most everyone who has listened to this album thus far, I feel as though this is Hank's best recording in years; definitely better than his most recent efforts.
It's About Time feels almost like a late 1980s Hank Jr., because it's simply about country, God, and guns. Which were always themes in any Bocephus set regardless of the last few years. The album is truly refreshing, and each song builds right into the next. It starts on a high note with Hank and Eric Church singing "Are You Ready for the Country?" and ends with a party as Hank, Brad Paisley and Justin Moore rock out "Born to Boogie." Definitely worth a listen to, a purchase even, because soon enough you'll enjoy listening to each of the songs on repeat quite like no other CD you've ever placed in your player! Of that, you have my word, partner!