I’m One of You by Hank Williams, Jr.
The title cut of Hank Williams Jr.'s new album is a flat-out statement of purpose that finds the 54-year-old singer laying out the values he shares with his listeners. That understanding of where his fans are coming from - and make no mistake, among many he's now just as beloved as his legendary dad - has always been the key to his appeal. You're not by yourself, he tells them in song, there's somebody else who's been there too.
I'm One of You proves that assertion by delivering just what those listeners want most from Hank - rowdy, raunchy fun ("Liquor to Like Her" and "What's on the Bar"), a nod to the old school ("Waylon's Guitar") and at least one killer ballad (the searing alcoholic's lament "Devil in the Bottle").
Hank also makes a few well-worn covers his own, especially the irresistible opening blast through Jerry Reed's “Amos Moses.” And when “Why Can't We All Just Get a Long Neck” (in which a serious plea for tolerance piggybacks on a groan-worthy title) rolls straight into Hank Sr.'s “Jambalaya,” Bocephus sounds as joyful as he ever has on record.
After decades of wrestling with the expectations and pressures of his legacy, for these few minutes Junior just hits the dance-floor with his father's ghost and has a ball.