It's About Time

It's About Time

by Hank Williams Jr.

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Overview

Hank Williams, Jr. kicks off It's About Time -- his 2016 debut for Nash Icon, Big Machine's imprint for country veterans -- by singing Neil Young's "Are You Ready for the Country," a song that in this context functions as a bit of a fanfare for Hank Jr.'s trademark redneck defiance. Despite the appearance of Eric Church, country music's modern-day rocking rebel, this cover doesn't pander to a younger audience, nor do any of the other 11 songs on this album. Even when Hank Jr. dabbles with a bit of a syncopated backbeat on "God Fearin' Man" -- a song co-written by Chris Janson, a country up-and-comer who had a hit in 2015 with "Buy Me a Boat" -- there's not a sense of a bro-country sop because this has swagger and, as the man himself says at the song's end, "the band played like they were pissed." All through It's About Time, Hank Jr. and his colleagues play it big and burly, laying into barroom boogies and rocking country as if they never went out of style. Williams knows this isn't true, of course. He notes that "Those Days Are Gone" -- itself an ode to the days when you could hear Haggard, Coe, and Jones on the radio -- but he sings this ode to olden days without a tear in his eye, possibly because he's having too much fun once again raising a ruckus. Hank Jr. never makes apologies for who he is -- he celebrates "God and Guns," U.S.A., and parties; ironically enough, the one time he seems a little mournful is when he boasts "Just Call Me Hank" -- but instead of sounding like the bellow of an old relic, It's About Time feels full-blooded and alive, the work of a man who wants to make a little noise while he still can.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/15/2016
Label: Nash Icon
UPC: 0843930020942
catalogNumber: 100
Rank: 102493

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hank Williams   Primary Artist
Jimmy Hall   Harmonica
Glen Duncan   Fiddle
Robert Bailey   Background Vocals
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Kim Fleming   Background Vocals
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Victor Indrizzo   Drums
Deborah Person   Background Vocals
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Kim Keyes   Background Vocals
Aaron Lewis   Background Vocals
Tim Lauer   Piano,Keyboards
Tom Bukovac   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Brad Paisley   Soloist
Mark Hill   Bass
Regina McCrary   Background Vocals
Chris Janson   Harmonica,Background Vocals
Ilya Toshinskiy   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Vickie Hampton   Background Vocals
Tara Thompson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Mel Tillis   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Charlie Daniels   Graphic Design
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Terry McBride   Composer
Julian Raymond   Producer
Hank Williams   Composer
Reverend Charlie Jackson   Composer
Lars Fox   Engineer
Tony Stampley   Composer
Brice Long   Composer
Becky Reiser   Art Direction
Joe Kent   Composer
Travis Meadows   Composer
Mark Stephen Jones   Composer
Brandon Kinney   Composer
Chris Janson   Composer
Sandi Spika Borchetta   Art Direction
Seth Morton   Engineer
Bonnie Swayze   Composer
Kendell Marvell   Composer
Nicole Flammia   Art Direction
Tina Daniels   Graphic Assistant
Adam Chagnon   Engineer
Bud Tower   Composer

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