Concert preview: Hank Williams III charts his own course

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Though Hank Williams III is the grandson of country royalty, he’s never felt the need to hew to these family roots, pushing off into Sleep-inspired drone and experimental country/metal hybrids (for one way-out-there album he set cattle-call auctioneers to thrashing speed metal guitars).

While the musician should certainly be commended for his independence, his best albums (Ghost to a Ghost/Guttertown, Straight to Hell) still exhibit strong ties to his dusty bloodlines. In recent years, he’s tended to split his concerts in two, focusing one half on country-leaning tunes and the other on more experimental fair. It’s certainly worth sticking around for both.

Photo courtesy of Hank 3

Newport Music Hall

6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 8

1722 N. High St., Campus