Wayne “The Train” Hancock
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Price of Admission: $0!
Sony PCM-D50 (internal mics) > WAV > FLAC > Dime > you > tu madre
01. (Cuts in) Louisiana Blue
02. Locomotive Joe
03. Thunderstorms and Neon Signs
04. Any Old Time (Jimmie Rodgers)/87 Southbound
05. 87 Southbound
07. Highway 54
08. Dog House Blues
09. Flatland Boogie
Total running time: 30 minutes and 10 seconds
Arrived late to this free in-store, so this recording is incomplete (sorry)! No idea how much I missed, but I would imagine only five minutes or so (maybe just the first song or two). First track cuts in and contains a fair amount of adjusting of recording levels. Damn shame this is incomplete cos what I got sounds pretty darn good.
“The Train” has been the undisputed king of Juke Joint Swing--that alchemist’s dream of honky-tonk, western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly and big band sound. Like the comfortable crackle of a Wurlitzer 45 jukebox, Wayne is the embodiment of genuine, house rocking, hillbilly boogie.
Since his stunning debut, Thunderstorms and Neon Signs in 1995, Wayne “The Train” Hancock has been the undisputed king of Juke Joint Swing--that alchemist’s dream of honky-tonk, western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly and big band. Always an anomaly among his country music peers, Wayne’s uncompromising interpretation of the music he loves is in fact what defines him: steeped in traditional but never "retro;" bare bones but bone shaking; hardcore but with a swing. Like the comfortable crackle of a Wurlitzer 45 jukebox, Wayne is the embodiment of genuine, house rocking, hillbilly boogie.
Wayne makes music fit for any road house anywhere. With his unmistakable voice, The Train’s reckless honky-tonk can move the dead. If you see him live (and he is ALWAYS touring), you’ll surely work up some sweat stains on that snazzy Rayon shirt you’re wearing. If you buy his records, you’ll be rolling up your carpets, spreading sawdust on the hardwood, and dancing until the downstairs neighbors are banging their brooms on the ceiling. Call him a throwback if you want, Wayne just wants to ENTERTAIN you, and what's wrong with that?
Wayne's disdain for the slick swill that passes for real deal country is well known. Like he's fond of saying: "Man, I'm like a stab wound in the fabric of country music in Nashville. See that bloodstain slowly spreading? That's me."
Little known fact: Wayne is the only Bloodshot artist to have had their CD taken aboard a space shuttle flight.
"A rare breed of traditionalist, one who imbues his retro obsessions with such high energy and passions that his songs never feel like the museum pieces he's trying desperately to preserve." —AllMusic.com
With regards to the distribution of this recording, I only ask that you try real hard not to spread it around as MP3 files; otherwise, do what thou wilt.
Recorded by Joseph Larkin.