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Remember Luke The Drifter? “Luke” was the pseudonym Hank Williams used whenever he recorded recitations, to avoid confusing his loyal listeners. Hank Williams Jr. introduces an alter ego of his own on Almeria Club: Meet “Thunderhead Hawkins.”
Bocephus assumes this identity whenever he wants to sing the blues - and the effect is clearly freeing, judging from tracks like the racy “Last Pork Chop” and the brilliant “Tee Tot Song” (a nod to his father's guitar teacher, Rufus “Tee Tot” Payne).
Luckily, “Thunderhead” fits right in on Almeria Club, a historic sojourn through Hank Jr.'s past, present and future recorded at the Louisiana Hayride stage, Kansas City's Greater Pentecostal Temple and the Almeria Club itself - an old Alabama schoolhouse that once housed an eventful Hank Sr. concert. When Hank is just being himself, Almeria Club bursts with his outspoken brand of rockin' country, whether he's talking clean about “The ‘F’ Word” or describing life in “The Cheatin’ Hotel.” He remodels “A Country Boy Can Survive” into the defiant “America Will Survive,” pays tribute to late friends Derrick Thomas and Mike Tellis with the powerful gospel blues of “Cross On The Highway,” and supplies music for some unrecorded Hank Sr. lyrics on the terrific “If The Good Lord’s Willin’ (And The Creeks Don't Rise).”
Not all of the album is up to that level, but every second is undeniably classic Bocephus. If you have a hankering for some Hank, the Almeria Club is open for business.