- First, let’s face the obvious. He carries the name Hank Williams, and the ground-breaking music created by his grandfather serves as the blueprint for just about every decent country song written ever since. So, an evening with Hank 3 always begins with a lengthy set of his own critically acclaimed country songs that include a nod or two to at least one Hank that came before him. The similarity in their appearance, and even in their voices, is striking. One could easily envision Hank Sr., if he had lived past the age of 29, singin’ along with his grandson on hard-living, honky-tonkin’ tunes like “Pills I Took.” By the way, this part of the show takes two hours.
- After that, well, you might want to set aside the urge to yell for an encore of “Kaw-Liga,” because Hank 3 is about to rock. The next 30 minutes or so will be dedicated to the punk-rebelcore music style showcased in his album “A Fiendish Threat.” As the evening begins the bend from country toward metal, get ready for a steady diet of garage-style punked-up rock with some fiddle and country-type lyrics thrown in for good measure – all this from a man who was a drummer in a punk band long before he ever stood on a stage and sang a Hank Williams Sr. song.
- After that, hold onto your hat (assuming you didn’t toss your Stetson after the first set), because, to quote Hank 3’s own website, “the lights go down and the volume goes up” for about another hour as his band Attention Deficit Domination plays heavy doom metal.
- Finally, there will be another half hour of music from his 3Bar Ranch/Cattle Callin’ project. The best way to describe this music, (from one of four wildly varied albums he released on the same day in 2011), is cowboy rap featuring cattle auctioneers backed by various noise and beats and rhythms.
An Evening with Hank 3 When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 Where: Knitting Factory Concert House, 211 N Virginia St, Reno Tickets: $19, general admission”Phone: 775-323-5648