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Wayne Hancock

Alternative country favorite Wayne Hancock is that rare breed of traditionalist, one who imbues his retro obsessions with such high energy and passion that his songs never feel like museum pieces he's trying desperately to preserve. Hancock is most often compared to Hank Williams, and he can indeed be a hardcore honky tonker, but there's more to him than that: he also displays a genuine affinity for stomping rockabilly, Western swing, blues, and old-timey country à la Jimmie Rodgers. Plus, he also throws in the occasional pop standard in the manner of Willie Nelson's classic Stardust album. Hancock's devotion to classic country sounds, coupled with his strong aversion to the Nashville hit-making machine, earned him an ardent following among alternative country fans (from both the country and rock sides of the movement), as well as a fair amount of critical acclaim.

Wayne "The Train" Hancock was born May 1, 1965, and began writing songs around age 12. His family moved around a lot during his childhood, and often sang to entertain themselves. Hancock started playing juke joints around Texas as a teenager, and at age 18 won a prestigious talent competition, the Wrangler Country Showdown; however, he was unable to reap the benefits, having just enlisted in the Marines. After six years in the military, Hancock returned to Texas and began playing around the state wherever he could, working odd jobs on the side to help make ends meet. Eventually tiring of his itinerant existence, Hancock moved to West Dallas in 1993, and shortly thereafter settled in the music mecca of Austin. In 1994, he got a part in the musical theater production Chippy, where he performed alongside progressive country legends Joe Ely, Butch Hancock (no relation), Robert Earl Keen, and Terry Allen. He also made his recorded debut on the soundtrack album Songs From Chippy.

Thanks to that bit of exposure, Hancock was able to score a deal with the small Texas indie label Deja Disc. His debut album, Thunderstorms and Neon Signs, was produced by steel guitar legend Lloyd Maines and released in 1995. Critics fawned over the album, particularly the Hank Williams-ish title track, and despite being on a tiny label with limited distribution, it sold over 20,000 copies, mostly through word of mouth. Its success attracted the attention of the somewhat larger indie Ark 21, which signed Hancock for his second album, That's What Daddy Wants. Issued in 1997, the record found Hancock employing elaborate, horn-driven arrangements and delving more deeply into rockabilly and Western swing, which earned some comparisons to the Brian Setzer Orchestra. Reviews were again highly positive, and Ark 21 accordingly reissued Hancock's debut. His third album, Wild, Free & Reckless, had more traditional country instrumentation, full of fiddles and steel guitars, and accordingly was more reminiscent of pre-rock & roll country boogie.

Hancock subsequently switched to the alt-country hub Bloodshot Records, debuting in 2001 with A-Town Blues, which continued the more stripped-down approach of his most recent music. That same year he released the limited-edition EP South Austin Sessions. Hancock dug even deeper into his honky tonk roots with his next album, 2003's Swing Time, recorded live during a two-night stand at the Continental Club in Austin. In 2006, Hancock turned in Tulsa, his third full-length recording for Bloodshot, with Lloyd Maines remaining in the producer's chair. A fourth album for the label, Viper of Melody, appeared in 2009. His next, Ride, showed up early in 2013, again from Bloodshot Records. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Been listening to Wayne the train ever since my best friend from Austin sent me a cd of Thunderstorm s and Neon Signs while I was living in Guatemala back in 1996-1997. Been a fan ever since!
Been listening to Wayne the Train after my best friend from Austin sent me a cd while I was down in Guatemala. Been a fan ever since!
I sure love thunderstorm s and neon signs!!!!!!
pwilsonnrow
Wayne the train is my inspirartion
Unbelievable discovery today in a genre i don't even frequent ! Totally stumbled across s brilliant artist . Thank you Wayne Please head out to California , folks need some classic out here
Love this guy...it's not right that this guy isn't famous...suc h crap that corporate radio pushes. Bullshit!
sliptera_666
Saw Wayne the train New Year's Eve before 2012 hit here in San Marcos Texas ,he was amazing and I got the privilege if hanging out with him before the show. He was in a bad azz leather jacket and put on one hell of a show! Long live Wayne the train !!
Wow, he might sound more like Sr. than III. If I didn't know it and was listening I would believe it.
brother Wayne, as a fellow Texan, heaven would be traveling around in your band, banging out the greats.
Its a Shame he isnt on FM radio
Loved meeting and listening to Wayne when he came to Michigan years ago!
Semper Fi Mr. Hancock. You sir are definitely a hard charger.
From a fellow Marine. Out f...in standing!!!! !
a sorrowful SOB with an old soul
Wish the radio would play music like this, not the bs they play now. Can't wait to go see Wayne play live
Love me some Wayne The Train!
dogbonz66
Dude's an artist. Not a bunch of studio and marketing crap.
Thank God for Wayne Hancock! REAL Country music is alive and in good hands
in_orbit_69
Best free show at Viva Cantina in Burbank, CA ever !!!!
The Train Rocked it!! : )))))
I have tickets to see him 3/10/12 in dallas!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! He is great in concert!!!!
man we need more of u. screw their new music. u bring country back to country
annaford448
I love me some Wayne Hancock... I was lucky enough to see him 2 times in a little bar in Texas. To me he is the real deal just like the guy below said!
tlcain3
This guy is the real deal ..........fr e a k i n AWSOME!!!!!! ! ! ! !
got to see wayne along side Bob Wayne and the Outlaw Carnies in sioux falls s.d. maybe someday they be on here? check out bob wayne if you have never heard.
I just heard about this guy last week! Thanks to the internet. I hope some day we will see Wayne on the CMA awards instead of country legends like Kenny Loggins and Lionel
Ritchie that we got see a couple weeks ago! I am a huge fan of Wayne now, and I hope I get to see his show...
i just met wayne last week, he's doin fine. cant wait for him,jerry and the boys to come back to nor cal
damn good
it's like Hank is back
boogiespeed
it DON'T get no mo' authentic than this boys and girls... We once spent (in 1996?) an entire evening in, of all places, a golf course bar in Latham, NY, sitting not 20 feet in front of Wayne, his upright bass player and pedal steel player. Spent the breaks talkin' with these guys on the porch... they played, and played, 9PM till near 2AM -while all the 'hit the ball, go find it' drunks slid off their bar stools to 'head home to momma',cluel e s s to what they'd heard...
Cheers to ya Wayne!
he "s great going to see him tomorrow @ Foosbar nasnville tn. THE NASHVILLE ROADKING
He's coming to Denver in April! Can't wait!
I cant wait Wayne will be playing three nights of free shows in Green Bay soon. Anyone in Wisconsin best check it out!
Saw him at Dan's in Denton, TX- Awesome show!
Real country. F**k Rascal Flatts and all those other faggots
sean.wyatt6
By "opening up" do you mean something nasty, or did you play before him in a show? ;-)
i had the pleasure of opening up for wayne!!!
Right On Philip Blume!

Not sure what you mean Porkchop? To me Alt Country refers to an alternitive to Popular Country. I would definitely consider Kenny Chesney Pop Country.

Oh, unless your saying Wayne Hancock, Hank III, Jr Brown are real country and the others are should be considered the alternative. Then I get where your coming from.
Wayne Hancock, Hank III, Jr Brown etc... are not alt country. Kenny Chesney and all the other pretty boys are alt country.
bigbadwhitey 6 6 6
Wayne Hancock RULES!!
katzmyth
This is the Real Country I have been looking for. This man is freakin' AWESOME!!!!!
If you like Wayne, check out JB Beverly and Bob Wayne. Not the same but keepin S*#t real CUNTRY
phil7484
Wayne has more country in his little finger than Kenny Chesney has in his whole body! They don't make 'em like this anymore. ;)
stuart_dc
doesn't get any better
The Real Deal!! I love the Train.
yoson2u3
this is the tops, met him here in anaheim during a show. very humble cat and great music
I agree with tonyoflatpor t e 5 !
wow! does he need a drummer? If so contact me
I've been listening to Wayne since 'Thunderstor m s . . . . ' and there are few that can top him. Live, he's even better. Who else do you know that'll play 2 1/2 - 3 hours straight? I just saw him last weekend and was lucky enough to talk to him after to let him know it was one of the best sets I've seen from him. Simply the best.
i have been listening to wayne for a couple of years now along with hank III. i was at a car show this sumer and he performed there, and put on one hell of a show, well about a hour later i was standing next to the stage wile some other stuff was going on and i looked over and wayne was standing next to me. i spent about a hour or so bulls@%$in with him, one hell of a nice down to earth guy.
I like that Wane isnt a pop country "punk" like dirks bently or brad paisly or rascal flats. See, to me modern country has Killed country music. Wane the train could, if those basterds on the radio would play him, reserect country music.I tip my hat to you sir.
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