It’s About Time by Hank Williams Jr.

It’s About Time Hank Williams Jr. ★☆☆☆ Obsessed with his legacy, Bocephus declares himself mentally trapped in 1975, and there’s no arguing that.         From the opening notes of “Are You Ready For The Country,” it’s clear that Hank Williams, Jr’.s mission on this album is to cement himself in the pantheon. Considering that he’s Hank Williams Jr, that seems a bit unnecessary; but I suppose when you built your name on Outlaw Country and Southern Rock, the impulse to pretend you’re an outsider sticks around. It’s About Time does his legacy no favors, though: just take “God and Guns,” which reads and sounds like...
Read More

Editor’s Note: Ghosts of Country

For the release of the first issue of the Quarterly Review of Contemporary Country, the editor reflects on the major theme of the first quarter of 2016: ghosts. To download the issue in full, visit HERE.   They’re in the title of Lucinda Williams’ The Ghosts of Highway 20 and in Megan & Liz’ “That Ghost.” They’re present in the buried harmonies that abortively open Gene Watson’s Real. Country. Music. and in the obsession with legacy that drives Hank Williams Jr’s It’s About Time into a wall. That Malcolm Holcombe’s haunted seems a given, but the same could be said of Dianna...
Read More