Wayne ‘The Train’ Hancock brings juke-joint honky-tonk country to The Palms on Thursday, April 25

Hancock and his band will perform at The Palms Playhouse on Thursday, April 25. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $22 general,admission and $12 for students.
Wayne “The Train” Hancock will bring his band to The Palms in Winters for a night of honky-tonk music on Thursday, April 25 (8 p.m., $22 general/$12 students).

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Since his much-lauded debut “Thunderstorms and Neon Signs” in 1995, Wayne “The Train” Hancock has been the king of that alchemist’s dream of honky-tonk, western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly and big band known as “juke-joint swing.” Always an anomaly among his country music peers, Hancock’s uncompromising interpretation of the music he loves is what defines him: steeped in tradition but never “retro,” his music is bare bones but bone-shaking, hardcore but with a swing. Hancock and his band will perform at The Palms Playhouse on Thursday, April 25. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $22 general,admission and $12 for students. Like the comfortable crackle of a Wurlitzer 45 jukebox, Hancock is the embodiment of genuine, house-rocking, hillbilly boogie. Hancock makes music fit to shake the rafters of roadhouses anywhere. With his unmistakable voice, The Train’s reckless honky-tonk can move the dead. See him live and work up some sweat stains moving to the music. Buy his records and feel the urge to roll up your carpets, spread sawdust on the hardwood floor, and dance until the downstairs neighbors are banging their brooms on the ceiling. No doubt about it: Hancock is here to entertain. Hancock’s disdain for the slicker varieties of country music is well known. Like he’s fond of saying, “Man, I’m like a stab wound in the fabric of country music in Nashville. See that bloodstain slowly spreading? That’s me.” “The Train” is indeed a throwback. But the funny thing is that he sounds freshest when playing the most traditional music. His songs about the everyday and the everyman, with their driving pulse and live-in-the-moment vibe, have a character and passion that go beyond a particular time. After a few years away from the studio, Hancock released “Slingin’ Rhythm” in 2016. With its emphasis on off-the-cuff instrumental interplay and extended soloing, Hancock and his band drive down the centerline between tight and loose. Like a latter-day Bob Wills, spontaneously calling out encouragement, or Hank Sr. and Ernest Tubb effortlessly knocking out smile-through-the-pain honky-tonk, Hancock delivers an unvarnished restorative. Hancock teamed up once again with his producer-for-life Lloyd Maines (Terry Allen, Uncle Tupelo, Dixie Chicks, Ray Wylie Hubbard) and recorded on the fly, never doing a song the same way twice. That’s what gives “Slingin’ Rhythm” its relentless energy—and with a band this killer, you’ve got to let them off the leash. Hancock’s current touring band will join him at The Palms: As the San Francisco Chronicle put it, “One of the most shiver-inducing singers on the planet, who gets his nickname by virtue of the unstoppable power of his vocal chords, Hancock embodies the spirits of Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb and Bob Wills in his ferociously swinging honky-tonk—outlaw country to the max.” Tickets are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Watermelon Music in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite, and at the door if not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and waynehancock.com.]]>

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