Sultan of Swing
Of the artists on Chicagos "insurgent country" label Bloodshot Records -- Ryan Adams, Neko Case, Split Lip Rayfield, etc. -- veteran road dog Wayne "The Train" Hancock is probably the truest to the mythos of classic country music. While he's got the middle-finger-toward-Nashville attitude of the 70s outlaws, Hancocks dead-set on preserving the hard-living whine of Hank Williams and the ecstatic bounce of Bob Wills Western swing. If you're disgruntled with standard alt-country, you'll get giddy on The Train's populist, juke-joint-swing pick-me-ups. As he sings just seconds into his fine new record, Viper of Melody: I want to jump the blues and make the hard times swing.
Sun., Aug. 2, 7 p.m., 2009
Get the Events Newsletter
What's happening in town? From underground club nights to the biggest outdoor festivals, our top picks for the week's best events will always keep you in on the action.