Hank Williams, Jr.

Strong Stuff

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His Rowdiness is in fine form on STRONG STUFF, an album that tilts a little more heavily to the Southern rock side of Williams' musical personality. The inclusion of two Z.Z. Top covers (the John Lee Hooker-ish "La Grange" and "Blue Jean Blues" gives away the game.

"A Whole Lot of Hank" is a tribute to Williams' dad, perhaps included in lieu of the usual cover of one of Williams Sr.'s hits. Other highlights include the groupie ballad "The Girl in the Front Row at Fort Worth" and the self-referential, ain't-we-Outlaws epic "Leave Them Boys Alone," featuring vocal assists from Waylon Jennings and country legend Ernest Tubb.

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