8:00 PM, Doors at 7:30 PM
“Hancock…takes what was once old and makes it seem like it’s always been and always will be.” – allmusic.com
“There’s no pop veneer to Wayne “The Train” Hancock. His is gritty, rusty, dirt-under-your-fingernails country, the kind of music you’d expect to hear at a dirt road juke joint after everyone’s had one too many beers.” – The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA)
Steeped in traditional music but never “retro,” Wayne Hancock‘s uncompromising interpretation of the music he loves is what defines him. Hancock is the embodiment of genuine, house-rocking, hillbilly boogie, sitting in the sweet spot of American music invention between country, hillbilly, jazz, and western swing. Hancock will perform with his band: Rose Sinclair (steel guitar), Bart Weilburg (lead guitar), and Harvey Crowder (doghouse bass).
Wayne has been called “the king of juke joint 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.