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Classic Album Review: Wayne (The Train) Hancock | A-Town Blues

Hank Williams woulda been proud to write tunes as tight as this Texas troubadour.


This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


WHO HE IS: If Hank Williams hadn’t died a dozen years before Wayne Hancock was born the Texas troubadour could easily claim to be his long-lost son — once a court heard his authentic honky-tonk tunes and nasal, Hank-cloned tones, no jury would rule against him.

WHAT THIS IS: A-Town Blues is Train’s fourth full-length serving of slap-bass boogie, pedal-steel shimmer, twangerrific rockabilly and tear-in-yer-beer hurtin’ songs.
HIGHLIGHTS: Even Hank woulda been proud to pen tunes as tight as the two-stepping title cut and the drinkin’ man’s ode Miller, Jack and Mad Dog; and covers of classics like Cow Cow Boogie and the reefer rhapsody Viper show Wayne’s musical knowledge doesn’t stop with Williams.
C&W CRED: The only thing better would be if Williams were singing these tunes himself.
LAST WORDS: Here’s hopin’ Train keeps on a-rollin’.