Hank Williams III

With Danni Leigh. Thursday, March 28, at the Beachland Ballroom.

Clinic, with Kingsbury Manx Grog Shop, 1765 Coventry Coventry Road Friday, March 29

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Hank Williams III has taken up his grandfather and father's family business with a twanging, hard-rocking vengeance and thrown in more than a couple of contemporary twists of his own. On his sophomore album, Lovesick, Broke & Driftin', Hank III continues to explore the edges of honky-tonk Americana with no regard for its acceptance by country radio. The big difference with Lovesick, however, is that Hank III was able to call the shots in the studio this time.

"I finally got to do it predominantly my way," he says. "I got to produce it and record it myself. It took Curb two years to do the first album, and they hired their big producer. We did my album $100,000 cheaper, and it only took two weeks. It makes you feel more like you're doing what you're supposed to do and not like a puppet. I'm here to be kind of creative and not to be told what to do."

With the release of Lovesick, Hank III is readying himself for his busiest year yet. Beyond touring in support of his latest, he has contributed a cover of "Fearless Boogie" to a country-flavored ZZ Top tribute, recorded -- and may tour as bassist -- with Pantera's Phil Anselmo and his Superjoint Ritual side project, and cut a rock album (under the band name Assjack). Hank III senses that he's finally on the proper path, but he feels slightly pressured, as the odometer spins on his life and career.

"I'm just pissed because I'm already 29 now, and time is ticking away," he says. "I should have already had three rock albums and five country albums out by now."

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