Hank3's Family Tradition: Doing Whatever the Hell He Wants
Perhaps it's that divide between the name he's inadvertently famous for and the music he indulged in as a kid that makes Hank3's style so Jekyll and Hyde. His latest move, a triple-threat of same-day releases -- the double country album Brothers of the 4x4, and a punk single-shot A Fiendish Threat -- is slated to hit stores next Tuesday, further evidence of that personality split Hank3 wears so well.
His concerts follow that same layered pattern; part of the show is devoted to his country-music heritage, with the rest spent sawing into other genres with Hank3's serrated musical edges.
"It's four different genres of music during the concert, and we're always trying to make sure the fans get their money's worth, with the first half of the show totally devoted to country music," he says. "Those who don't wanna stick around to hear the rowdier stuff can leave and thanks for comin' out.
"Those who want to hang in there with us can stay," continues Hank3, matter-of-factly. "That's when we get into the hillbilly and punk-rock sound, and then 3-Bar-Ranch [metal] stuff."
But don't let that clear split between genres scare you away from requesting a song or two. Hank3 is as malleable with his set list as he is with his genre-jumping.
"If there's a fan that shouts out a song, we try to play it for them," he says. "It doesn't happen all the time, but when it does, we try to do that for them."
Just don't expect him to wax poetic on anything political. He'll play you a tune or two, but doesn't get into any of his father's infamous musings on politics. In that anti-Hank Hank3 style, he's chosen to stay mum on the subject, in direct contrast to his outspoken pa. Asked about his silence on the subject of politics, Hank3 takes a minute and quietly states his thoughts.
"For right now it is what it is," he says. "A lot of rockers can get by doing that, but a lot lose focus on the music. I just listen to the kids who've just come back from war, and the ones from back during Vietnam, and that's where I get my views from."
Hank3 and his musical hydra perform Monday, September 30 at Scout Bar, 18307 Egret Bay Blvd., Clear Lake. Doors open at 7 p.m.
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