Hank Williams, Jr. Calls ‘God and Guns’ Strong, Not Controversial
While many may consider the sentiments in the tune envelope-pushing in today’s climate, Williams doesn’t see it that way. In fact, he says it reminds him of a song he’s released in the past. “In my world it’s not controversial. It’s pretty strong,” he says via Big Machine. “It reminds you of ‘Country Boy Can Survive.’ Very slow, low notes, big rockin’ build up.”
Though he didn’t write it himself, Williams says the song fits him perfectly.
“I thought, ‘Wow, it sounds like I wrote it.’ It’s got Hank Jr. all over it,” he notes.
Originally performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd, the song is an anthem about the importance of keeping God and guns in American society and fighting for those elements against politicians who disagree.
“God and guns keep us strong,” the song goes. “We might as well give up and run /
If we let ’em take our God and guns / That ain’t gonna happen.”
It’s definitely a strongly-worded tune, but not surprising for the artist, who is known for his outspokenness and sharing what he thinks without apology, even when it comes to politics. He recently spoke out about the 2016 election, saying he “doesn’t give a s—” about it compared to his album release.
Williams has also not held back on his views about today’s country music landscape, weighing in on its “weird pop-country sound” in the title track from It’s About Time.
The record also includes a collaboration with Eric Church on “Are You Ready for the Country?” for which the duo filmed an epic music video together. They also opened last year’s CMA Awards with the song. Williams and Chris Stapleton are headed out on what is sure to be an impressive co-headlining summer tour in August.
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