Personnel: Hank Williams, Jr. (electric guitar); Bobby Terry (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, baritone guitar); Bryan Sutton (acoustic guitar); Chris Leuzinger, Troy Lancaster, Brent Mason (electric guitar); Paul Franklin , Scotty Sanders (steel guitar); Aubrey Haynie (fiddle); Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson (harmonica); John Jarvis (piano); Eric Darken (marimba, Jew's harp); Steve Turner , Eddie Bayers, Paul Leim (drums); Doug Johnson, Ed Seay, Troy Johnson, Lisa Cochran, Perry Coleman (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Ed Seay.
Recording information: Blackbird Studio; Cool Tools Audio; Ocean Way Studios; Quad Studio; The Tracking room.
In later years, Hank Williams Jr.'s conservative Republican views, politically incorrect lyrics, and oft-cartoonish redneck image made him a polarizing figure. Through it all, however, he continued to deliver uncompromising, heartfelt country music with an authenticity and vigor few if any of his contemporaries could match. 127 ROSE AVENUE was released during one of the worst economic recessions in U.S. history, a circumstance that proved the perfect setting for Bocephus's trademark matching of high energy country rock and everyman-themed lyrics. Highlighted by the hit single, "Red, White & Pink Slip Blues" (which details the closing of a mill and the resultant catastrophic effects on a small town), the album tackles a variety of modern concerns head-on, from child abuse ("Sounds Like Justice") to the value of personal relationships ("Mighty Oak Trees"). Throughout, the Louisiana-born singer follows his own path, as always paying tribute to his legendary father while speaking his mind without reservation.