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Album: A-Town Blues
# Song Title   Time
1)    A-Town Blues
2)    Man of the Road
3)    Sands of Time
4)    Miller, Jack and Mad Dog
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 (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)
14)    Railroad Blues
 

Album: A-Town Blues
# Song Title   Time
1)    A-Town Blues
2)    Man of the Road
3)    Sands of Time
4)    Miller, Jack and Mad Dog
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 (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)
14)    Railroad Blues
 
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  • Personnel: Wayne Hancock (vocals, guitar); Tony Loke, Dave Biller (guitar); Jeremy Wakefield (steel guitar); Ric Ramirez, Shawn Supra (bass).
  • Recorded at Cedar Creek Recording, Austin, Texas.
  • Personnel: Dave Biller (guitar); Jeremy Wakefield (steel guitar).
  • Liner Note Author: Wayne Hancock.
  • Recording information: Cedar Creek recording, Austin, TX.
  • There are never any big stylistic surprises with Hancock -- the man knows what works for him musically and never veers outside of his circle of comfort. In the case of Wayne "The Train" Hancock, this means that he is still pounding out the same retro country/honky tonk/Western swing vibe that he has toyed with since his excellent 1995 debut, Thunderstorms and Neon Signs. Hancock's fourth album, A-Town Blues, features more anachronistically pleasing old-time music augmented by warbled Southwestern vocals. On his first release for the insurgent country label Bloodshot Records, the wayward troubadour touches on familiar genre subject matter as well. Tales of road weariness ("Route 23"), warnings about booze and breaking the law ("Miller, Jack, and Mad Dog"), and, of course, heartbreak ("Sands of Time") are all recurring themes. Surprisingly, a production hand by longtime collaborator Lloyd Maines (Wilco, Richard Buckner) doesn't really add much to Hancock's naturally sparse sound, though. If anything, it's Maines' appropriately placed steel guitar licks that actually do more for the album. All in all, A-Town Blues is yet another excellent release from a homely, all-American artist. ~ Bret Booth
Professional Reviews
Down Beat (1/02, p.72) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Hancock's steel guitar-tweaked juke joint swing has a spark to it that confirms he's a direct descendant of those resilient, guitar-toting country & western and folk blues heroes..."

Mojo (Publisher) (11/01, p.100) - "...Good stuff..."
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