Wayne Hancock

Wayne Hancock
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"I want to jump the blues and make the hard times swing.” So opens Wayne The Train’s seventh full-length album, and fourth for Bloodshot, and it’s a deft proclamation of his unwavering belief in the curative energy of juke joint swing. Since his 1995 debut Thunderstorms and Neon Signs, Wayne’s fierce devotion to the giants in the county music pantheon and his staunch refusal to acknowledge the dross that has followed make his output and outlook downright radical. Man, there ain’t a problem that can’t be salved by his brand of stripped down, intensely rhythmic amalgam of hillbilly, roadhouse blues, honky-tonk, rockabilly and hep-cat boogie. It’s an infectious and unpretentious sound telling quotidian tales of driving your life away, throwing your money away, playing the slots and twisting one up with your friends, and rich with a strain of populism that shimmies all the way back to Jimmie Rodgers, one that makes the holes in your roof and holes in your shoes all part of our common humanity. It’s all played with an old school musicianship and a stand-on-the-edge-of-the stage immediacy that rockets out of the speakers. Yeah, Wayne might be a throwback, but his conviction and energy kick to the curb any preconceived notions about what that means. Just check out that fuzzed out James Burton-styled guitar solo on “Dog House Blues,” the straight up stand-up bass breakdown on “Throwin’ Away My Money” or the jazz inflected git runs on “Freight Train Boogie.” Even when he sings on the hard times like “the rich folks call it recession, but the poor folks call it depression” in “Workin’ at Workin’,” this Austin, TX native does it with a big smile and keeps the dance floor full, calling out solos to crack players like a modern day Bob Wills. Hell, you can even dance to his murder ballads. Check out “Your Love and His Blood” and “Moving On #3” if you don’t believe us. Produced by long time collaborator Lloyd Maines (Joe Ely, Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, Dixie Chicks), Viper of Melody is a tick-tight organic affair full of first takes and a near telepathic interplay by the band. It’s not surprising given that this band clocks in 200+ shows a year. If you live somewhere between Portland, Maine and Portland, Oregon, you’re likely going to get a chance to see for yourself.
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Average Rating : 0              Total Reviews: 13

Wayne Hancock  06/11/2001            
Wayne, My idol. He never plays with the same band, which gives you the sense that his music crosses many borders. I've seen Wayne play on 4 different occasions and each time I come away feeling that all is OK with this world. The guy does all of his own leg work. Wayne will take you back to a time when things were easier. Oh, we need another album, Wayne. ================================
Wayne Hancock  03/14/2001            
I just wanna say the radio stations where I live suck because they don't play good country music like Wayne Hancock, Hank III, Charlie and Bruce Robison, Terry Allen, Robert Earl Keen, and more.
Wayne Hancock  07/11/2000            
I had got this CD based on many people I had heard saying this guy was something great. A throw back to old style country. I liked the sound of that thought. Wayne has the voice of Hank Williams and that is cool by me. The only thing that got me was that on virtually all of the songs on the CD he had almost the same exact delivery and style as Hank. It's one thing if your voice sounds like Hank, but to do the same exact style as Hank seemed overwhelmingly unoriginal. There were some songs on the CD i liked but I couldn't get over how he would not vary his style from the beloved Williams.
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