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 album and burn a thousand miles."
One of the most instantly identifiable voices in roots music wraps it around whacked-out hillbilly barn-burners, dusty desert ballads, and Hank Williams-meets-George Gershwin dance floor warmers
The "Train's" first album for his longtime fans at Bloodshot.
Produced by Lloyd Maines (Wilco, Richard Buckner, Joe Ely), A-Town Blues is loose and live, baby. Cut in 20 hours and mixed in two days--no trickery or effects, just the finely honed chops of a band that’s been known to play 200+ dates a year. Pedal steel, guitars, and buckhouse bass--that’s it.
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 reminisc e about old friends and family; songs that sing praises to the road ("Man of the Road," "Life's Lonesome Road") and songs that rue the hazards of hooch (the jumpy "Miller, Jack & Mad Dog," "A-Town Blues").
For covers, Wayne digs deep into the American music mists: Ella Mae Morse's "Cow Cow Boogie," a chugging version of Jimmie Rodgers' "California Blues" and Fats Waller's paeon to the magic herb "Viper."
Miller, Jack & Mad Dog
LIfe's Lonesome Road