Hank Williams III
Being born the grandson of a country-music pioneer and the son of the singer of the Monday Night Football theme song must be hard. This probably explains why it’s so damned difficult to pin down exactly what the hell Hank Williams III is all about. The man could have coasted by on name alone through a typical Nashville career of pearl-snap shirts, tight Wranglers, Ford commercials and “I Love This Bar”-style rave-ups by hired songwriters. Instead he chose the path less traveled: punk rock. Describing his sound as “hellbilly,” Hank III has blazed a whole new breed of outlaw country, incorporating his country roots and his punk ethos into a tweaked-out eight ball of pure American insanity.