Album artwork for Lovesick, Broke and Driftin' by Hank III
Album artwork for Lovesick, Broke and Driftin' by Hank III

Hank Williams Ill has repeatedly made it clear that he was unsatisfied with his debut album, 1999's Risin Outlaw. So this time around he took matters into his own hands, producing Lovesick, Broke, and Driftin himself and recording and mixing the releases in a truncated span of two weeks. This appears to have been a good decision for the DNA marvel known as Hank Williams III, for the album is a much less-forced, more organic effort than his debut. This time around he relies primarily on his own songwriting chops with the exception of the version of Bruce Springsteen's Atlantic City, which trades the stark power of the original for bouncy honky tonk and not on contributions from folks such as Wayne Hancock. The effort revels in the paradox of being a Hank Williams; Calling Your Namefinds him reaching out to the Lord, while Mississippi Mud and Nighttime Ramblin' Man are fiercely unrepentant, glorying in the allure of long drinking bouts and pot smoking. The title track is the kind of downtrodden, whiskey-soaked number for which his grandpa was known, while Lovin' and Huggin' are more in line with the good-time party anthems that sit back and trade on the legacy. He has emerged as a songwriter to be taken serious.

Hank III

Lovesick, Broke and Driftin'

Curb Records
Album artwork for Lovesick, Broke and Driftin' by Hank III
LP +

$29.99

Ghostly Colored Vinyl

Released 06/09/2023Catalog Number

CRB2806.1

Hank III

Lovesick, Broke and Driftin'

Curb Records
Album artwork for Lovesick, Broke and Driftin' by Hank III
LP +

$29.99

Ghostly Colored Vinyl

Released 06/09/2023Catalog Number

CRB2806.1

Hank Williams Ill has repeatedly made it clear that he was unsatisfied with his debut album, 1999's Risin Outlaw. So this time around he took matters into his own hands, producing Lovesick, Broke, and Driftin himself and recording and mixing the releases in a truncated span of two weeks. This appears to have been a good decision for the DNA marvel known as Hank Williams III, for the album is a much less-forced, more organic effort than his debut. This time around he relies primarily on his own songwriting chops with the exception of the version of Bruce Springsteen's Atlantic City, which trades the stark power of the original for bouncy honky tonk and not on contributions from folks such as Wayne Hancock. The effort revels in the paradox of being a Hank Williams; Calling Your Namefinds him reaching out to the Lord, while Mississippi Mud and Nighttime Ramblin' Man are fiercely unrepentant, glorying in the allure of long drinking bouts and pot smoking. The title track is the kind of downtrodden, whiskey-soaked number for which his grandpa was known, while Lovin' and Huggin' are more in line with the good-time party anthems that sit back and trade on the legacy. He has emerged as a songwriter to be taken serious.