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New Hank Williams, Jr. album will feature Robert Johnson cover

Hank Williams, Jr. has announced his next musical project, one that will feature a cover from Mississippian Robert Johnson.

Less than 24 hours after his wife, Mary Jane Thomas, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 58, Williams announced the 12-song tack list produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.

The new country blues album titled Rich White Honky Blues will feature originals and covers from Muddy Waters, Lightnin Hopkins, Robert Johnson, and more.

“If you wanted to play this kind of music, you couldn’t have better players,” Auerbach said. “The first time I ever saw Hank Jr. on TV, I was a kid raised on Robert Johnson and Hank Williams, Sr. records, and those things came through so clearly watching him. So, I tried to assemble the right parts to just sit in that piece of who he is.”

The album set for release on June 17 was recorded live. Take a listen to “.44 Special Blues,” which was dropped alongside the album announcement on Thursday, below.

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