I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Hank Williams III (aka Hank3) about his four new CD releases. Williams is a prolific songwriter who comes from music royalty; he is the grandson of Hank Williams and the son of Hank Williams Jr.. As one might expect Hank3 is well versed in many genres of music and In 2011 he released, Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town (a two disc country record), 3 Bar Ranch Cattle Callin’ (a metal record) and Attention Deficit Domination (a doom rock record). After many years with a major label Williams is now doing things by himself, on his own terms. He’s currently touring in support of all four records with shows that are each three and a half hour long adventures. Here’s what Williams had to say about the records, the touring and what it is like to finally be free to do exactly what he wants.

Little Piece Of Dixie – The EP is a twangy, country rock and roll record with a heavy dose of Southern rock thrown in for good measure. While I’m not a very big fan of Southern rock, I can still appreciate good music when I hear it. That said, I think Blackberry Smoke has done a good job with this EP; the songs are well-written and engaging and the production is top notch, making it good listen… even for me. While consuming the record I couldn’t help but conjure up images of backwoods roadhouses and small town country bars; places I imagine Little Dixie would be just blaring from the speakers. At the end of the day I think fans of Southern rock will totally dig this release.

Guide Me Home is a fun and enjoyable collection of folk-infused punk tunes. It doesn’t matter if it’s metal or punk, I have always taken a liking to the melding of traditional folk music with something harder, heavier and faster and I think this disc fits the bill perfectly. The juxtaposition of instruments and genres works quite well and is not only contagious, but also straight up fun.

Pillow Talk is certainly not your average band. With an intriguing cocktail of indie, folk, country and pop this group brings something new and with unique flair to the forever growing world of indie music. What’s amusing about PT’s sound is that just when you think you’ve pegged it, it changes again. Incorporating decidedly “country” elements (pedal steel, mandolin and banjo) and coupled with lyrics surrounding simpler times, heartbreak, getting lost and more, the band is seemingly all over the map; yet in a very constructive way.

In case you missed legendary vocalist, songwriter and bass player Timothy B. Schmit’s exclusive acoustic performance and interview on KCSN 88.5FM Los Angeles, it is now available below. Well-known for his work as a member of The Eagles and with the country rock group Poco, Timothy performed his current single “Friday Night” and “One More Mile” off his recent (and fifth) solo album ‘Expando’ (2009, Lost Highway/UME) on KCSN’s popular drive-time show Afternoon Music Mix with Sky Daniels.