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From Hank3, three new records

Musician whose country, rock and metal releases are out Tuesday will play Emo's on Sept. 13

Brian T. Atkinson

Hank Williams III's thunderous double album "Gutter Town/Ghost to a Ghost" issues outlaw mission statements bold ("Day by Day") and brawny ("Gutter Stomp"). The Nashville resident will play Sept. 13 at Emo's in support of the fringe country collection as well as rock and metal records, all to be released Tuesday.

"(The albums) ‘Attention Deficit Domination' and ‘Cattle Callin' ' are definitely different," Williams says. "Doom is doom. You're gonna sing about miserable (stuff), the bad part of drug abuse, conspiracy, hate, love. ‘Cattle Callin' ' is more uplifting metal."

American-Statesman: How did the double album take shape?

Hank Williams III:I sat down with the guitar and just started hitting record and seeing what came off the top of my head. In the daytime I'd be a little more serious and at nighttime I'd break the rules a little more. So, "Ghost to a Ghost" is what I would do in the daytime and "Gutter Town" is what I would do at nighttime.

Those albums span a pretty broad range of country.

Yeah, there are a lot of different sounds within both of the records. There are only about five to eight real country songs ... . There's a lot of stuff that's more far out, more different for a Hank3 country record.

Tell the story behind the song ‘Gutter Town.'

"Gutter Town" is a concept that we all might be living in "Gutter Town" if we don't watch out with the way things have been for everybody. It's also about a lot of the drifting kids out there that ride the trains from town to town. They're like a different kind of Grateful Dead following that we have.

You've said ‘I Feel Sacrificed' is about the creative process. Explain.

It was such an overload creatively. It's been nonstop with starting my label, writing the records, doing the (merchandise), playing the shows. The wheels have been spinning out of control. Sometimes I felt like I bit off more than I could handle. "I Feel Sacrificed" came from that, but I've always been like that. That's why I do the big, super-long shows.

Why did you play all the instruments on the rock and metal albums?

Well, that's what I do, man. I'm not just a singer. I don't understand music theory, but I know how to write songs. I know how to make records. My first instrument was drums, and in the end I'm just a drummer, man. I love playing drums, I love playing guitar, I love the process of it. When I try to get away and do something different, where do I end up? Back in the (expletive) basement playing my guitar, playing my drums.

Describe working with Tom Waits.

Having him on the "Ghost to a Ghost" record was definitely (expletive) amazing. To be able to work with a musician of that caliber is a big honor. It felt very natural. We did it on a handshake and out of respect. I think he knows I'm into music for the right reasons.

How do these albums ultimately represent your evolution as a songwriter?

I don't think in our time anyone has really tackled three to four different genres at once on the same day. What's something that my grandfather's never done? What's something that my father's never done? Well, here you go. Boom: Three different records in three different genres. No other Hank Williams has done that. I'm approaching each record as if it's my last one. Who knows?