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Wayne Hancock


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Wayne “The Train” Hancock has been called “the master of hillbilly swing,” a “roots Renaissance man,” a “country singer’s country singer” and “Hank Williams meets Gershwin.” But the phrase most frequently echoed throughout his career is “Wayne Hancock is the real deal.” Joe Ely said it, Hank Williams III said it, Bobby Koefer from the Texas Playboys said it, as have countless music fans and writers when referring to Hancock’s authentic and original blend of honky tonk, western swing, blues and big band that he calls “juke joint swing!”

Authenticity and sincerity have been the cornerstones of Hancock’s writing and music since the start of his career. His refusal to compromise his vision and sell
out his music has earned him a fiercely loyal underground following.

Hancock’s vision, as he puts it, is “to bring people together and make them feel good about music. It’s a spiritual thing and without spirituality, you’ve got nothin’. There ain’t much on the radio that strikes me as being original or from the heart, most of it’s from the pocketbook and it shows.”
Wayne is proud of his rural roots and culture and has thoroughly absorbed the spirit of country music’s forefathers such as Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers. Never a mere imitator, the cutting-edge style that emerges is every bit his own. He breathes youth and driving energy into traditional country forms and adds a dash of big band horns, boogie woogie piano, scorching rockabilly beats, heavenly Hawaiian steel licks and some wigged-out hillbilly jazz guitar.


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  • TheVileViolater

    A Paypal fund to help with Hancock’s medical expenses and the loss of work income has been set up via Cards and letters are being accepted at 4937 Stuart Road #181, Denton, TX 76207 and at Bloodshot Records, 3039 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60618.

    1 May 6:39am Reply
  • TheVileViolater

    Wayne's in the hospital right now w/ injuries from a motorcycle crash, wish him a speedy recovery. Anyone who has ever seen him live will appreciate the tragic irony of one of those injuries being a collapsed lung

    1 May 6:39am Reply
  • MetroHadriani

    I love that "Slap 'N Slide Country".

    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • physicsd00d

    A bunch of excellent live-in-the-studio recordings of Wayne in this youtube playlist.

    23 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Unknownrooster

    Just the way I like it.

    9 Aug 2012 Reply
  • vaw125

    Can't beat him LIVE!

    2 Aug 2012 Reply
  • hobopro

    the boss

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Gohel

    Wayne is one of the greatest singer-songwriters of the last twenty years. Even though he's a great songwriter, I hope he will record a Hank Williams tribute album, just like Johnny Cash, George Jones and others did.

    6 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Pentfixion

    wayne is the truth

    12 Nov 2011 Reply
  • halfway2sanity

    Hell yeah!

    17 Sep 2011 Reply
  • koolkeef

    wayne shorter + herbie hancock

    5 Apr 2011 Reply
  • IamFlood

    Sweet stuff.

    30 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Unknownrooster

    this guy is really underrated, he's really good

    21 Nov 2010 Reply
  • wielebnymarcin

    listen to Marcin Brzozowski on last. fm - the best polish pianist

    15 Oct 2010 Reply
  • wielebnymarcin

    listen to Marcin Brzozowski on last. fm - the best polish pianist

    15 Oct 2010 Reply
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    2 Sep 2010 Reply
  • shabopera

    i sure love thunderstorms and neon signs

    3 Jul 2010 Reply
  • tafflad

    this is what its all about,love it!

    7 May 2010 Reply
  • joanzy89

    fuckin love this guy, found out about em through hank III

    6 Feb 2010 Reply
  • DoomIsLife

    Wayne Hancock is one of my absolute favorites. I'm only 15 and its really great to see someone like Wayne keeping the REAL country alive for the younger generation. I hope he continues to make music the same way until he is no longer able. I was going to make his show in Columbia, SC because thats pretty near my house but its in a bar so I cant go. I'm about to take advantage of the deal on his website four of his albums for $50 can't wait to get them.

    1 Jan 2010 Reply
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