Its been a long time since country music outside of Texas was meant for dancing. Wayne The Train Hancockwho, for the record, is from Texasis firmly planted in the stuff that was engineered to be hot and jazzy. Keeping his repertoire to once-popular honky-tonk, Western swing and hillbilly-jump bluesand generally sounding like Hank Williams whenever he wants tohas aligned Hancock with country of the alt. variety, a state of affairs hes seemed pretty contented with for a decade-and-a-half. Committed as he is to the styles, its not like his shows are all Your Cheatin Heart and Take Me Back To Tulsa on repeathe writes new material. The swinging title track off his previous album was his own Tulsanot that of Bob Wills. And the same goes for all but one of the songs on Viper of Melody, released earlier this year.
Sat., Nov. 14, 9 p.m., 2009