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HANK WILLIAMS. JR —OLD SCHOOL NEW RULES (Humphead)

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Hank Williams Jr used to be a big favourite of mine, but after a while he fell foul of becoming too big for his boots. As he continued to press forth claims of the ways of the Americana South. His songs became no more than average as he focussed more on rock more than country and became not only predictable but boring! Yet, on the other side of things it is a measure of his ability and staying ability that he still has a record deal and in touch with the social conscious of the American people (the album is dedicated to all hard working Americans).
The record underlines he is once again writing some good stuff (and mellowed non) as he speaks on ‘Old School’. Of a young Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton (that he relished) and how Jerry Lee Lewis played at his house, and of how he was no over-night success but worked up his own rules and won through. Of course, he does beat his chest as he speaks of his pride in America (‘We Don’t Apologize For America’ —that has Merle Haggard lend harmony vocals and, on talking of which Hank also covers a song of his, ‘I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink’) waxed with his view of Washington DC’s interference with the people. Like in ‘Who’s Taking Care Of Number One’ —that is plied in steel, electric guitar, fiddle and clarinet Jnr tells it how it is. Apart from the Haggard cover, and a version of his father Hank Snr’s ‘You Win Again’ (which contains a snatch of him singing ‘Mind Your Own Business’ on the typical Hank Jr ‘Takin’ Back The Country’) all other cuts are penned by a man proud to be a member of country music's old school.

‘Stock Market Blues’ is full of wry humour and swipe at men in business suits, and how they manipulate figures and people too. Though Hank sometimes overplays themes on occasions this is acceptable such is the quality of this his best release in years. Coupled with his cheating song ‘Three Day Trip’ and a fine ‘I’m Gonna Get Drunk And Play Hank Williams’ containing additional vocals from Brad Paisley the former noted cut they are all keepers. Oh, did I mention the musicians who too are hot; as Greg Morrow, Mike Johnson, Rob McNelley, JT Corenflos, Mike Brignardello, Howard Duck, Larry Franklin and Hank play some great inspirational country music. Everyone may not have a pick-up truck stand in the yard but they can own at least one Hank Williams Jr album.

Maurice Hope

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1
Rod Picott
70 pts.
Out Past The Wires
Welding Rod Music
GC,AN,LM,SZ,TK
2
JW Roy & The Royal Family
62 pts.
A Room Full Of Strangers
Royal Family Records
EM,PJ,DH
3
Steph Cameron
61 pts.
Daybreak over Jackson Street
Pheromona
ML
4
JD McPherson
54 pts.
Undivided Heart & Soul
New West
AR,RK,LK
5
Sarah Morris
53 pts.
Hearts In Need Of Repair
Independent
 
6
Turnpike Troubadours
52 pts.
Long Away From Your Heart
Bossier City Records
MA,GF
7
Chris Hillman
51 pts.
Bidin' My Time
Rounder
 
8
Hayward Williams
39 pts.
Pretenders
Why River Records
KG,JB,JBO
9
Joe Henry
38 pts.
Thrum
Ear Music
 
10
Jim White
37 pts.
Waffles, Triangles & Jesus
Loose Music
JJ
12
Margo Price
35 pts.
All American Made
Third Man Records
 
11
Mark Martyre
35 pts.
Rivers
Independent
MF
13
Mavis Staples
32 pts.
If All I Was Was Black
Anti
HO
 
Peter Oren
32 pts.
Anthropocene
Western Vinyl
RB,HB
15
Fred Wickham
29 pts.
Mariosa Delta
Thirty Days Records
 
16
Jeffrey Martin
27 pts.
One Go Around
Fluff & Gravy Records
HDB
17
Blitzen Trapper
25 pts.
Wild and Reckless
Lojinx
JDO
 
Jeff Crosby
25 pts.
Postcards From Magdalena
At The Helm Records
FCE,FC,JS
19
Dori Freeman
24 pts.
Letters Never Read
Blue Hens Music
 
 
Hardpan
24 pts.
Hardpan
Blue Rose Records
WR
21
The Deep Dark Woods
21 pts.
Yarrow
Six Shooter
JF
22
Lilly Hiatt
20 pts.
Trinity Lane
New West
TJ
 
Tom Russell
20 pts.
Folk Hotel
Frontera Records-Proper Records
JAB
24
Eilen Jewell
19 pts.
Down Hearted Blues
Signature Sounds
MW
25
Dick LeMasters
18 pts.
Incompatible Things
Longneck Road Music
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