Country music icon Hank Williams Jr. is back with the release of ‘127 Rose Avenue’ – which brings all the classic elements of one of country music’s greatest outlaws.
Williams has enjoyed a long career in music and blends elements of classic country with rock. The son of a country icon, Williams has forged his own million-selling, award-winning path, and became an icon of “outlaw country” and Southern rock, helping bridge the gap between Johnny Cash and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Today, he is seen as a founding father of both genres, serving as inspiration for musicians ranging from Montgomery Gentry to Kid Rock.
The singer is known for great hits like “Family Tradition,” “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound,” “Dixie On My Mind,” “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)” and “I’m For Love.” His new album combines those elements together to forge one of the finest albums of his storied career.
The album’s first single, “Red, White & Pink-Slip Blues,” deals squarely with the loss of America’s ability to create and sustain good jobs for working men and women. Hank is also as current as the headlines with “Sounds Like Justice,” dealing with crime and punishment in a troubling age, and “Forged By Fire,” a drama of friendship among those who have fought the country’s wars through the years.
He pays tribute to musical friends and family, legends all, with “Mighty Oak Trees,” a look at the titans whose examples have sustained him, “Last Driftin’ Cowboy,” a tribute to steel guitar great Don Helms, and the title track, which deals with the ghostly presence of Hank Sr. Hank also brings one aspect of his career full circle with a hauntingly evocative blues version of “Long Gone Lonesome Blues,” one of his father’s classics and the first song Hank Jr., at 14, released as a single.
He indulges his love of bluegrass with “All The Roads,” featuring the Grascals, and partakes of a little “country boy rap” in the leadoff track, “Farm Song.” He engages the relationships between the sexes in the light-hearted “High Maintenance Woman,” and closes the album with as lovely a mood-setter as he’s ever done–“Gulf Shore Road,” a tribute to his seaside getaway and the ability to slow down and savor life.