Showing posts with label Wayne Hancock. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wayne Hancock. Show all posts

Nov 6, 2019

Don't Sleep on Bloodshot Records in 2020 (and 2019)

By Robert Dean

Bloodshot Records is dropping some cool records over the next month or two. They've been digging in their vaults and finding putting together some exciting collections and new releases definitely worth checking out. 

Wayne Hancock is just too good. Channeling the best of the honky-tonk swing of years past, "The Train" is back with a collection of tracks from early Bloodshot Records releases. On Man of the Road: The Early Bloodshot Years, the label has to curated a solid batch of Hancock's best bar room bangers, the kinds of songs people swing on the dance floor's all night long.

The collection is the first time any of these songs - recorded initially and released with Bloodshot Records on albums from the last two decades - have appeared on vinyl (including the classic "Thunderstorms & Neon Signs"): A-Town Blues (2001), South Austin Sessions EP (2001), Swing Time (2003), Hard Headed Woman: A Celebration of Wanda Jackson (2004), Tulsa (2006), and Viper of Melody (2009).

Scott H. Biram, everyone's favorite dirty old man weirdo, has a new gospel-inspired record, Sold Out to the Devil: A Collection of Gospel Cuts by the Rev. Scott H. Biram and it's everything you expect from Austin's favorite damaged son. 

The songs are a ramshackle collection of songs about God, religion, and spirituality with Biram's signature booze-soaked delivery. The album also includes a previously unreleased cover of the Louvin Brothers' "Broadminded." The record is predictably low-fi but an excellent collection of songs that get the blood moving and the drinks flowing. 

And finally, if you're looking for some ultra-dark bummers, get Jason Hawk Harris' Love & the Dark on the radar. It's definitely got the big country hooks, but the depth of the lyrics Harris has is oceanic. There are some demons on this record that permeate the songs to their core. Like Jason Isbell, it's apparently by the end of the opening track, "The Smoke and The Stars," Harris has seen some shit. If you're looking for some sad anthems, this is the next stop on the bus. 

Mar 8, 2016

Don't Miss Moonrunners Music Fest 4!

By Robert Dean

In case you live under a rock, Moonrunners Festival 4 is happening again this summer. Being a former Moonrunner, it thrills me to my core to see the festival alive and well. Jahsh and Elle have managed to find a niche within Chicago and crank it way up. And to boot, the festival keeps getting better.

Like many of the Chicago festivals, Moonrunners fills a hole that many people hadn’t realized was missing: for three days at Reggie’s on the city’s south side, you’ll get an array of talents that are awe-inspiring and bewildering, just the same – all of which are very much Non – Chicago.
Who knew so many folks in the crown jewel of the Midwest liked good country music? Sure, buck-toothed fuck face Luke Bryan call sell out arenas anywhere in the country, but show me a packed room of ugly bastards swaying to Jeff Shepard, and I’ll ask what time you I need to eat something before we get smashed.

In the past, Moonrunners has had an interesting lineup shuffle. From country to bluegrass, street punk, rockabilly, blues – the lineup has had a lot of looks. This year, though, it feels like the show has a theme, a sense of identity. Bands don’t seem misplaced, nor ad hoc. Moonrunners 4 comes off as masterfully put together and offering a little something for everyone.

Consider in one weekend, July 1-3, you get to see Supersuckers, Dale Watson, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, highlonesome, Pearls Mahone, etc., etc., etc. There’s a lot to like about this year’s lineup, and only good things can come from such a well-rounded list.

One thing that works decidedly in the favor of the artists, the wonton feel of the old school SXSW – there’s a lot of talent to be discovered and enjoyed. Not everyone may know That Ol’ Coondog, but chances are they’ll leave a fan. That’s one of the endearing aspects of Moonrunners; it’s a hangout with epic drinking sessions that isn’t to be missed.

If you’ve got an itch to make plans for the summer, I suggest skipping up to Chicago and getting your foot stomp on to some good music that soothes the soul. Tell em’ we sent ya.


Full lineup:
Split Lip Rayfield, Supersuckers, Scott H. Biram, Dale Watson and his Lone Stars, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Wayne ‘The Train’ Hancock, Joseph Huber, Black Eyed Vermillion, Urban Pioneers, Old Salt Union, Rachel Brooke, Those Poor Bastards, Izzy and the Catostophics, Hellbound Glory, Gallows Bound, Filthy Still, Joseph Huber, Call Me Bronco, Ford Theater Reunion, The Peculiar Pretzelmen, Escape from the Zoo, Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy, WT Newton, Kiel Grove, JB Beverley, Pearls Mahone, Last False Hope, Rickett Pass, Joshua Morningstar, The Tosspints, Highlonesome, CW Ayon, That Ol’ Coondog, Th’ Piss Poor Players, Mason ‘Damn’ Tinsley, Brittany Avery, Still Alive, Death and Memphis, Last Daze, The Kountry Kittens, Hunter Grigg, Stump Tail Dolly, Gary Moore II, Tony French, Curio, Blackgrass Gospel, Black Actress, Murphy’s Lawyer, Clem McGillicutty and the Burnouts, Traveling Broke and Out of Gas, Tail Light Rebillion, Rock Bottom String Band, Spike McGuire, Lonewolf OMB, Noah Tyson, The Exilirs, Melomaniac, The Ridgelands, Matthew ‘Mule’ McKinley, Stufy Summers

Apr 30, 2014

Wayne Hancock Needs Your Help

I don't normally (ever) post press releases verbatim, but this is pretty important.


This last weekend, Bloodshot artist and experienced motorcycle rider Wayne Hancockwas in a serious motorcycle accident resulting in a collapsed lung, multiple broken ribs, and a fractured elbow. He was initially admitted to the ICU and is currently being monitored and recovering in a hospital near his home in Denton, TX.

All of Wayne’s performances ( and scheduled private events through June 8 are postponed until further notice. We will be in touch with additional news on his recovery status and, at some point, information on rescheduled events. For specifics on rescheduled dates or ticket refunds, please check with respective venues.

As with most independent musicians, Wayne’s income is wholly derived from performances and selling music and merch. Please help him offset growing medical expenses and the additional financial woes of canceling two months of tour dates, by donating on Paypal to

Get-well cards and letters can be sent to 4937 Stuart Rd #181 Denton, TX 76207 or Bloodshot Records, 3039 West Irving Park Road Chicago, IL 60618.


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