Stormy

Stormy

by Hank Williams Jr.Hank Williams Jr.

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Overview

At a certain point, Hank Williams, Jr.'s act became pure schtick. On record, it probably can be narrowed down to 1990, when he released America (The Way I See It). A decade and half prior to that, he had perfected his rowdy, rockin' rebel sound, but with America, his outlaw attitude blended with reactionary redneck politics, jingoistic slogans, football anthems, and sendups of contemporary U.S. life. From that point on, each album got progressively sillier, relying on near-parodies like "Fax Me a Beer" and "Don Juan D'Bubba" as his voice started to fade away. With 1999's Stormy, his first album in three years, he turns this all to his advantage. Plenty of stars have larger than life personas, but Hank Jr.'s is so large it can be perceived as both genuine and self-parody. Make no mistake, Stormy will play well to his legions of fans, simply because it delivers. It's been a while since he's created an album so lean and hard, filled with strong rockers, honky tonkers, and ballads. Hank Jr. also knows that his audience loves fights, football, and partying because he is his audience -- a good-old boy out for a good time. Stormy is the ideal soundtrack for that because he gives them exactly what they want. To an outsider, though, the album could be seen as a big joke, as titles like "I'd Love to Knock the Hell Out of You," "Where Would We Be Without Yankees," "Naked Women and Beer," "Hank Hill Is the King," and "Sometimes I Feel Like Joe Montana" (a ballad, nonetheless) suggest. Hank Jr.'s whole act may be schtick, but it's schtick that works because it's genuine and heartfelt. You may laugh with or at him, and Stormy is fun either way.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/1999
Label: Curb Special Markets
UPC: 0715187795327
catalogNumber: 77953
Rank: 110129

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hank Williams   Primary Artist,Vocals
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers   Percussion,Drums
J.T. Corenflos   Acoustic Guitar,Guitar (7 String Acoustic)
Dan Dugmore   Pedal Steel Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
John Hobbs   Piano,Keyboards
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Bill Hullett   Acoustic Guitar,Guitar (7 String Acoustic)
Michael Landau   Electric Guitar,Guitar (7 String Electric)
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar,Guitar (7 String Electric)
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Mike Rojas   Piano,Keyboards
Brent Rowan   Electric Guitar,Guitar (7 String Electric)
Glenn Worf   Bass
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Michael Spriggs   Acoustic Guitar
Neil Thrasher   Background Vocals
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals
Mike Chapman   Bass

Technical Credits

Chuck Howard   Producer
Hank Williams   Producer
Bob Campbell-Smith   Engineer,Art Direction
Chuck Howard   Producer

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