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Hank III, Wynonna: Famous Families Chart

Wynonna Judd photo courtesy of Curb Records.

Wynonna Judd photo courtesy of Curb Records.

They belong to families with big country heritage. But Hank Williams III and Wynonna Judd have one more thing in common: They each debuted in the Top 10 this week on the Billboard Country Albums chart.

Hank checked in at No. 4 with his album Rebel Within, which he vows will be the last in a cantankerous relationship with his record company. Wynonna, meanwhile, opened at No. 7 with Love Heals, a project she released through Cracker Barrel.

Hank is, of course, the son of Hank Williams Jr. and the grandson of Country Music Hall of Fame member Hank Williams Sr. Hank III has the same sort of go-my-own-way attitude as his predecessors. In fact, he’s inherited more personality from his relatives than actual memorabilia.

“I’ve only acquired a few things of my grandfather,” he told Canada’s Sun Media. “I have two guns, a tie, a fishing lure, one of his old money clips and some letters. I’ve never got to hold or play any of his instruments. As far as my dad, I got a guitar that Johnny Cash gave him back in the day. The belt buckle marks on the back are Johnny’s. That’s probably the coolest instrument I have.”

Wynonna’s best instrument is her voice, and the Love Heals album puts it to effect with a number of her hits — including “No One Else On Earth” and “She Is His Only Need” — as well as three songs that have never been previously released. The disc benefits the Wounded Warrior Project which supports “the service men and women who have given so much so that Americans can have the lives that we do,” Wynonna says.

Hank says that once his recording deal expires, which should be later this year, he intends to go at it as a self-reliant independent act. Wynonna meanwhile appears with her famous mom, Naomi Judd, during the CMA Music Festival next week. They’re slated to sing the national anthem on Thursday. They’ll also be giving a press conference, and the topic of the day will likely be pretty obvious: They announced earlier this year plans to launch a reunion tour in 2010.


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