Wayne "The Train" Hancock at fooBar 

Hancock gives life to the cliché “they don’t write ‘em like that anymore,” because his honky-tonking Western swing is authentic enough to bear the imprint of the American Historical Society. His sauntering twang recalls old Hank Williams, but even though he’s a traditionalist Hancock still acknowledges the contributions of blues, boogie and jazz to that old country sound, particularly on his latest, Viper of Melody. From the jazzy bounce of the “Freight Train Boogie” and swinging “Jump the Blues” to the ever-contemporary, ache-soaked blues of “Workin’ at Workin’,” Hancock explores a full palette of trad-country colors. It’s highlighted by the title track, where Hancock offers his blues tonic: “When times are tough I just twist one up and gather my friends around.”
Wed., May 13, 8 p.m., 2009

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