Wayne Hancock Aug 17, 2007 19:01:12 GMT -5
Post by Rick Henry on Aug 17, 2007 19:01:12 GMT -5
For those of you who are inclined to the western swing, bluegrass and rockabilly sounds...
A recent discovery I've made is a guy named Wayne Hancock.
Wayne is quite reminiscent of Hank Williams Sr and Hank Snow - though with a sound and style all his own. He first made it onto the scene in 1994 (at the age of 29) in a musical called "Chippy" and in 1995 he released his debut album and since then has steadily developed an underground following. He's not really in the mainstream - and I guess that's part of the reason I like him. His music is earthy and simplistic - he gets to the core of things - his music is to the point.
He has an endearing and wonderful nasally voice - which I just love!
Here are a few reviews written by Amazon.com
This one is on his current album "Tulsa"
It's an irresistible concept: Wayne "The Train" tearing it up on 14 original juke joint/swing tunes backed by a raw, first-rate band. He's got the assets to make it work: sharp, incisive vocals, fresh numbers, Lloyd Maines as producer, and an awesome recording band featuring the blazing lead guitar of veteran Hancock sideman Eddie Biebel, guest guitarists Paul Skelton and Dave Biller, and non-pedal steel guitarist Eddie Rivers. By avoiding self-conscious imitation (a pitfall that's done in many acts inspired by the past), they often come fetchingly close to capturing the feel of any number of obscure '40s Texas honky-tonk 78s: swinging out on "Tulsa," down and dirty on "Drinkin' Blues" and the Ernest Tubb-inspired "I Don't Care Anymore" and "Goin' Home Blues," and the earthy "Brother Music, Sister Rhythm." Given Hancock's often-stated affinity for Bob Wills-style swing, the sole disappointment is the scarcity of those sorts of songs here. With a group of musicians this dynamic, a few more rip-roaring moments would have been welcome. --Rich Kienzle
This one is on his album "Thunderstorms and Neon Signs"
Playing the too-country for commercial radio side of the field, Wayne Hancock makes some of the loneliest Hank Williams-styled C&W since, well, since ol' Hank himself. Moving easily from hillbilly bop ("Double A Daddy") to dancehall honky tonk ("Juke Joint Jumpin'"), Hancock has the old-school twang down cold. He succeeds most, though, when he takes that old sound and fits it into his own modern life, as he does on the exquisitely drawn title track, where he details why pulling off to a motel whenever the highway weather gets bad makes his heart swell with fond memories. --David Cantwell