It’s no secret. Over the years the Hank III schtick and repetitive nature of his songs has afflicted me with a solid case of III-fatigue. I’d also grown pretty bored with the constant “he’s holding his best stuff” excuses from his rabid as ever fanbase. This fatigue has a lot to do with why I stopped attending III shows when he came through town and pretty much stopped paying much attention to any news surrounding the man, the myth and the legend that is Shelton Williams.
Earlier this year, Saving Country Music ran an article that Curb Records was gonna release a new III album culled mostly from outtakes from his first two albums and I was admittedly a little intrigued. When New West put one of these together for the Drive-By Truckers it became the best thing the band had released since The Dirty South, and if Curb could manage the same thing, then I could give 2 fucks about the Curb/III feud.
Well, it took a little while but I finally got around to checking Long Gone Daddy out. Largely, the album falls flat for my ears and leaves me feeling bored in the end. The outtakes were obviously outtakes for a reason, the covers aren’t anything to get too excited about, and the mix on “What They Want Me To Be” is so thin even the Olsen twins were seen to be asking for seconds. Perhaps it’s because I’ve spent the bulk of this week listening to hiphop, or perhaps it’s cause I am so desperate for something fresh from III, but I found the widely panned “shuffle mix” of “If The Shoe Fits” to be one of the more interesting tracks on the whole damned album. But not interesting enough to rip to my iPod, admittedly.