Shooting it straight. Dillon Carmichael would make Hank Williams proud with his new track “What Would Hank Do.”
The single’s minimal chords get a dramatic left hook from Carmichael’s powerful vocals, which are showcased in the pared down clip, which features Carmichael and a backing musician playing the song in the studio.
“I wrote this song only a couple of weeks before my album was recorded with a couple great songwriters and friends of mine. I was telling them that throughout my whole career, I would ask myself “In this situation, ‘What would Hank do?’ And there it was. We did like writers do and wrote that bad boy!” said Carmichael.
This ‘out with the new, in with the old’ attitude is what influenced the creation of Carmichael’s new Dave Cobb-produced LP Hell on An Angel. Each song is rich with lyrical and vocal power, Williams-style soul and truth. And it wasn’t just one Hank Williams that inspired the song and LP, Carmichael and a team of writers, Jordan Rager and Houston Phillips, told stories and took notes from the influence of Hank Sr and Jr.
Williams’s signature country-rock, straight shooter, don’t-take-no-shit attitude is how he carried country into the modern era and created a legacy that is still influencing young country stars today. His distinguishable drawn singing voice can be heard in Carmichael’s execution of “What Would Hank Do,” giving Williams more credit than just helping Carmichael write his songs from the hereafter.
Check out our exclusive video premiere for “What Would Hank Do” below.