Second-generation Country Music Hall of Famer Hank Williams Jr. is releasing a new album, Rich White Honky Blues, on June 17.
Grammy-winning producer Dan Auerbach recorded the set live, which features a dozen classics from legends such as Robert Johnson, Lightnin’ Hopkins, R.L. Burnside, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Turner, and a few from Bocephus himself.
“The blues is where it all comes from,” concedes Williams. “It’s the start of everything musical in my family; everything starts with Tee-Tot and flows from there. I’ve always flirted with this stripped back blues – all the way back to the ‘80s. But I finally made an album that’s just that, and I like it.”
News of the project comes on the heels of the sudden passing of Williams’ wife Mary Jane Thomas earlier this week. According to a release, Williams considered delaying the project’s announcement, but decided to forge ahead with the comfort that music offers solace in difficult times.
Rich White Honky Blues Track List:
.44 Special Blues
My Starter Won’t Start
Take Out Some Insurance
Rich White Honky Blues
Short Haired Woman
Fireman Ring the Bell
Rock Me Baby
I Like It When It’s Stormy
Call Me Thunderhead
Jesus Will You Come By Here
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