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Wayne Hancock strikes with "Viper"
"I'm a viper of melody/I can roll in most any key/When I open up my heart and sing/I can make the bad times swing" - Viper of Melody
A throwback juke joint crooner with a passion for rockabilly, swing, jazz, the blues and honky tonk, over the course of 14-plus years, Wayne "The Train" Hancock has recorded a string of studio albums praised by critics and music fans alike starting with "Thunderstorms and Neon Signs' in 1995.
Wayne Hancock does it his way
While it takes absolutely no time at all to determine that Wayne Hancock wouldn't be a fan of Frank Sinatra, he would certainly have to admire the sentiments in a song like "My Way." Hancock, a 36-year-old throwback to the traditional country sound and habits of Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers, is making music where and how he wants without regard for how many people are attracted to his style and attitude. He recently released his third full-length CD, "A Town Blues," his first for... more
Hank's second coming gets "wild, reckless & free"
Wayne Hancock, the man who may be the second coming of Hank Williams, further establishes himself as one of the premier performers of traditional country with "Wild, Reckless & Free." In today's climate that means he's "alternative." Hancock has been steadily involved in music since his childhood days in Texas. While others his age listened to Kiss, Hancock says, "I sort of always liked everything. I was into Glenn Miller, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Hank Williams."... more
Hank rides again as Wayne Hancock
And you thought Jimmie Rodgers and Hank were long gone dead. Well, they may have departed physically, but their spirit and music are alive and quite well thank you in the guise of Wayne Hancock. The 30-year-old Texas vagabond just released one of this year's finest efforts, "Thunderstorms and Neon Signs," to critical acclaim. And based on a spare sound - no drums are used at all - and the... more
Wayne the Train keeps a rollin'
It would be the easiest thing in the world to cast Wayne Hancock as a man born into the wrong era. Like Lyle Lovett, his looks are out of place in a modern Nashville where style has seemingly triumphed over substance; where a Stetson and tight jeans come with your video budget. His voice, by the same token, bears no resemblance to anything that's come out of Nashville in 40 years; eerily reminiscent of Hank Williams Sr. but also occasionally harkening back to the likes of the late, great Texas Playboys vocalist Tommy Duncan and even to the shadowy Georgia-born minstrel singer of the '20's and '30's, Emmett Miller.... more