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  1. A-Town Blues
  2. Man of the Road [MP3]
  3. Sands of Time
  4. Miller, Jack & Mad Dog [MP3]
  5. Track 49
  6. Life's Lonesome Road
  7. Cow Cow Boogie
  8. Route 23
  9. Happy Birthday Julie
  10. California Blues
  11. Every Time
  12. Viper
  13. We Three
  14. Railroad Blues


Who will like A-Town Blues? Let's hear it in Wayne's own words: "If you like music that moves and the trash on the radio can't satisfy your wanderlust then try this CD and burn a thousand miles."

Wayne Hancock A-Town Blues

BS 080 2001 $6.95
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The "Train's" first album for his longtime fans at Bloodshot, and do we ever love it. He possesses one of the most instantly identifiable voices in roots music and wraps it around whacked-out hillbilly barnburners, dusty desert ballads, and Hank Williams meets George Gershwin dance floor warmers. Backing him is a band of blazing hot players who swing like they fell out of the cradle clutching Bob Wills records and Duke Ellington teething rings.

Produced by Lloyd Maines (Wilco, Richard Buckner, Joe Ely), A-Town Blues is loose and live, baby. Pedal steel, guitars, and buckhouse bass--that’s it. No trickery or effects, just the finely honed chops of a band that’s been known to play 200+ dates in a year. They swing through a set of songs that reflect Wayne's scorn for the soulless, pocketbook-driven sounds that ooze out of Nashville; songs that reminisce about old friends and family; songs that sing praises to the road and songs that rue the hazards of hooch.

"There’s two reasons you won’t hear him on so-called country stations: he’s too good and too uncompromising. In an earlier era, Hancock would have been a top honky-tonk star." —San Diego Union-Tribune

"In the end, you don’t love Hancock because of past stars of whom he reminds you. You love him because you’d be a durn fool not to." —East Bay Express

"Many of the acts that have been dubbed ‘Americana’ tend to be reverential and dry--not Wayne Hancock, who has a unique gift for taking moribund musical forms and making them spring to life." —Hear/Say