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Five years (and thousands of miles) since his last studio record, Wayne “The Train” Hancock returns with his signature brand of “juke joint swing,” combining classic honky-tonk and Western swing with elements of blues, big band, rockabilly, and jazz. Hancock may not be the second coming of Hank, as reviews of his first few albums would have you believe, but he blows the dust off a great and ailing American art form. Actually, his genre-bending sound owes as much to Bob Wills and Ernest Tubb (heck, to Cab Calloway and Gershwin, even) as to Hank Williams, no matter how that nasal voice wraps itself around a yodel. The trombone and clarinet that kick off the album lend a trad-jazz kick to the lively title track, and when Hancock “calls out” each of his crack guitarists in turn, you can just feel the dance floor filling up. The rest is vintage Hancock at the top of his form, songs of booze, heartbreak, and the open road delivered with passion and not a shred of retro posturing. Recorded in just two and a half days and produced by the legendary Lloyd Maines, Tulsa feels as crackling and spontaneous as one of Hancock’s legendary shows. Which is not to say the vibe is relaxed: after more than ten years of 200+ days on the road, these boys could start a hillbilly dance riot in their sleep. Welcome back, Wayne.

Customer Reviews

Genius

Wayne has once again outdone himself as a one of a kind artist. His music has once again given me a fresh perspective on life, I am truly inspired and grateful for it. This album is a no-brainer must buy for any fan, or anyone who appeciates true, raw music.

OH my goodness!

First off the album is wonderful and rich. Wayne song writing ability comes out well in this album. The imagery wayne uses is clever as all heck and masterfully worked. Wayne is for americans what shane macgowan is for the irish. A cool guy who surrounds himself with ace musicians. From the first song till the last, from cover to cover, coast to coast wayne is the rockingest, swingingest coolest friend a cd player and its owner could ever have. Buy this album and tell your friends, When he comes to town go see this man sing. Hes the last of the real deal. take her easy all.

The Great Train!

Wayne never ceases to amaze me. This is a great cd filled with every emotion a human can endure while leaving me smiling and listening for more. He paints such a vivid picture with his songs and takes me back to I time wished I lived. A true TEXAS artist.

Biography

Born: May 1, 1965 in Rockne, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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