11 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Wayne Hancock, born in 1965, has so effortlessly mastered the old-school, Hank Williams Sr.–dominated country music of the '40s and early '50s that he might want to have his birth certificate rewritten to reflect his authenticity. If one were to put on Hancock's albums without comment, they'd likely be mistaken for records of a much older vintage. He's been compared to Williams many times, and for good reason. His voice shares the same timbre, and his band reproduces the drum-free rhythms so perfectly that songs like "Home with My Baby," "Lone Road Home," and "Low Down Blues" sound like they must be hiding somewhere in Sr.'s catalog. Hancock employs traditional country instrumentation for most of the tunes, though "Deal Gone Down" moves toward late-'50s rockabilly with its twangy guitar and "Gal from Kitchen's Field" throws in a trumpet. Still, his emotions are clearly his own, as the personalized lyrics often reflect.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Wayne Hancock, born in 1965, has so effortlessly mastered the old-school, Hank Williams Sr.–dominated country music of the '40s and early '50s that he might want to have his birth certificate rewritten to reflect his authenticity. If one were to put on Hancock's albums without comment, they'd likely be mistaken for records of a much older vintage. He's been compared to Williams many times, and for good reason. His voice shares the same timbre, and his band reproduces the drum-free rhythms so perfectly that songs like "Home with My Baby," "Lone Road Home," and "Low Down Blues" sound like they must be hiding somewhere in Sr.'s catalog. Hancock employs traditional country instrumentation for most of the tunes, though "Deal Gone Down" moves toward late-'50s rockabilly with its twangy guitar and "Gal from Kitchen's Field" throws in a trumpet. Still, his emotions are clearly his own, as the personalized lyrics often reflect.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

kj480 ,

Great Wayne Hancock Album!

Great album, more of Wayne's usual style--smooth, even and strong . Great stuff. And I was able to download the entire album.

CNT78 ,

This Album SMOKES!

Wow! Wayne "The Train" is still putting it out there. This album swings and drives with clean determination. "Viper of Melody" has some great songs on it, but as an album seems messy. He was having troubles with keeping band members at the time, and it showed. I was worried things might be falling apart for him, but "Ride" has quieted any concerns I had.

This album is solid from start to finish. Even "Cappuccino Boogie" makes the grade. It has swing and it has Wayne's style all over it.

carlysle ,

The Whole Album, Please

Why is iTunes forcing us to buy this album one song at a time? It's going to cost $14.29 to download the whole album, ONE SONG AT A TIME. I want the album, but I'm not buying it until iTunes offers it as a single package. Hence the one star rating. Musically, Hancock can't be beat.

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