Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wayne Hancock. Honky Tonk Music. Zydeco. Friday March 1.

by Lee Waites

Want to put on your fancy boots and take your best gal out for a whiskey? Hop in your hot rod and head over to Zydeco on the first night in March, Friday @10 PM

Hailing out of Texas, Hancock is reminiscent of Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb or Jimmy Rodgers. He brings authenticity, if perhaps a bit clean, with his "juke joint swing" style. 

The cool thing about Hancock is he instills his music with his personality. You can hear the redemption and regret, unencumbered by complexity, but tight and filled with It's nice to slip back in time, witnessing one of the old time, honky-tonkers who is lucky enough to flourish in a time of, let's say, modern medicine, and...digitization. His playing is naturally proficient (in the good way) and smooth for honky-tonk music, but far from milquetoast, still spirited. If you're into honky-tonk, juke-joint music, he should be a good night out. 

He's on tour promoting his new album "Ride" released through Bloodshot Records. 


Here's their Press Release:

Release date:February 26, 2013

The legendary Big Bill Broonzy once said, “Blues is a natural fact, is something that a fellow lives. If you don’t live it, you don’t have it.” Although his new album Ride isn’t the classic blues of Big Bill, Muddy or B.B., enduring honky tonk powerhouse Wayne “The Train” Hancock has made an album of a similar attitude, and with enough grit and hardluck narrative to validate his own unique brand of cathartic blue-collar escapism.

Produced by Wayne and his longtime producer/collaborator Lloyd Maines (Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, Dixie Chicks, Joe Ely), Ride further cements Wayne’s life-long calling [“All I want
to do is play the Joints ‘til the day I die”] as a modern-day traditionalist through his signature mélange of roadhouse blues, hepcat boogie, rockabilly, and juke joint swing. As
Hank III once said, “Wayne Hancock has more Hank Sr. in him than either I or Hank Williams Jr. He is the real deal.”

Ride is built on a vibe that is at once more direct and personal than those of his previous Bloodshot releases Viper of Melody (2009), Tulsa (2006), Swing Time (2003), and
A-Town Blues (2001). “The album is an organic reaction to life’s challenges … these are not sad songs,” the South TX native said of his 8th overall album and 5th for Bloodshot.

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