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Hank Williams III: Country meets punk

Published August 30, 2012 2:04 pm

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See the relatively early starting time for the concert by Hank Williams III? That's because the 39-year-old grandson of Hank Williams and son of Hank Williams Jr. plays until he can't stand up anymore. "I wear any audience out," Hank III said in an interview. "If you have 65 songs, sometimes we lose half the crowd, and that's punk-rock." The "hellbilly" said on this tour he is playing about 90 minutes of country at first, and then several hours of the genre-defying rock he is also known for. "I take pride in having the longest show for the cheapest price," he said. "I have the rest of my life to just play an hour on an acoustic guitar." In 2011, Hank III released three albums on the same day (Sept. 6), including one that consisted largely of cattle auctioneers with metal accompanying. "My grandfather used to raise cows and cattle," Hank III said. "It was an honor to work with those guys. I tell them they won't like the music."

When • Monday, 7 p.m.

Where • In The Venue, 579 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $16.50 at SmithsTix