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Wayne Hancock
A-Town Blues

Wayne "The Train" Hancock is an intriguing character. Hailing from Austin, Texas, Hancock prefers wearing Hawaiian print shirts, speaks with a nearly clinched jaw and sings an enticing blend of honky-tonk, western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly and big band that he calls "juke joint swing." A-Town Blues (Bloodshot Records) is Hancock's fourth CD, which some may confuse for a whacked out Hank Williams. But Hancock has a knack for blending honky tonk with the musical inspiration of great big band leaders, and his surprisingly minimalist approach moves the dance floor just like Duke Ellington in his day.


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Hancock's core group consists of himself on vocals and guitar, Tony Lake also on guitar and Shawn Supra on bass. That's right—no drums. Hancock doesn't believe in them, although he does bring back-up into the studio with Jeremy Wakefield on steel guitar. A-Town Blues has a large feel of the late Bob Wills with Hancock's masterful renditions of the classics "Cow Cow Boogie," "Viper," "California Blues," and "We Three." Meanwhile, originals, such as "Life's Lonesome Road," "Route 23," "Happy Birthday Julie" and "Miller, Jack & Mad Dog," show the depth of his writing prowess, evoking the western swing styles that were prevalent from the 1930s to the 1950s. A-Town Blues is a classic anyone with an appreciation of music will enjoy over and over again.

—Smilin' Buddha Joe

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