With a middle finger held high to the country music establishment--and his label Curb Records--Hank Williams III has petulantly struggled to convince the public to look beyond his famous pedigree: grandfather Hank Williams and father Hank Williams Jr. He's even taken on Walmart concerning censorship issues with his third album Straight to Hell, which was the first major-label country album to get slapped with a parental advisory label.
This incessant conflict may help explain the meaning behind the title of Hank III's newest album, The Rebel Within, released in May. With a self-described "hell-billy" attitude, the Nashville native has released six albums since 1999 and recently completed a two-week Canadian tour with his band Assjack. He will spend the rest of June on a nine-city U.S. tour, stopping at Knitting Factory in Boise on Wednesday, June 23.
Although Williams hints at the country music roots of his family, he's not afraid to infuse a healthy dose of electric guitars, heavy metal drumming and screaming lyrics into his songs.
7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $17-$40. Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., bo.knittingfactory.com.