one of my friends wrote in his blog last week something along the lines that, why would he want to write about an album that was like three years old? yeah, why? i mean i do it all the time. some of the music i’ve written about is at least 30 or 40 years old. some even older in the case of ella fitzgerald. i really don’t see anything wrong with it because you just might turn someone on to the music that had never heard it before. a good thing to be sure.
the cd in question today is one i’ve had in the car pretty much since i bought it a few months back. i play it over and over. cranked up at serious levels. of course, the brown eyed girl doesn’t like to hear it more than once a week but that’s fine. at least she’ll tap her foot now when i do play it and she’s in the car. trust me that’s a good sign.
well, the cd is from 1999 and it’s by hank III, ‘risin’ outlaw’. yeah, it’s ten years old. i’ll tell you what, this cd is what country is all about. hank III has put out some really nice country stuff. country stuff that is head and shoulders above anything going on in pop country these days. ‘risin’ outlaw’, is what country music ought to be. though sadly that’s not the case.
hank III and the boys take a trip down the country western hillbilly highway with this one. some of the finest pickin’ and harmonies since hank senior and the boys. count on it. from the opening track, ‘i don’t know’, to the last, ‘blue devil’, the band kicks it out with all their collective hearts.
a few of my favorites are, ‘on my own’, a great drinkin’ tune if there ever was one. and ‘cocaine blues’, a fine tribute to johnny cash. along with the haunting, ‘thunderstorms and neon signs’, perhaps one of the finest road songs ever written.
do yourself a favor and find hank III’s, ‘risin’ outlaw’. buy it. play it. loud. then you’ll understand. boy howdy, country music at it’s all time best.