If you’re a fan of authentic country music, then you’re going to love Wayne “The Train” Hancock. He’s got more Hank Williams Sr. in him than Hank Jr. and Hank III combined. In fact, Hank III has given his blessing and covered a couple of Wayne Hancock songs and acknowledged the importance of Hancock keeping the traditional sound alive. Ride is Hancock’s eighth release and finds him reflecting on some of the more personal aspects of his life. Would you expect any less from the true heir of Williams’s legacy? There’s plenty here about dealing with a drinking problem and the consequence of what happens when you put your vices before anything else—like losing his wife and the reality of what that entails. Most of the songs on Ride are about feeling low and having the blues that serve as a bloodletting for the soul. But it’s not all tear-in-my-beer melancholy, there are a few upbeat numbers like “Low Down Blues” and “Cappuccino Boogie” that are more likely to make you get up and shake your ass than seek the comfort of self-medicating. This isn’t alt-country, No Depression or whatever it’s being called today—this is the real deal. Hancock delivers the kind of country music that you would find on AM dials up until the late 70s before country and pop would marry and produce some super shitty offspring. This is a record that should make some Nashville residents embarrassed for pushing the idea that they are country musicians. There’s simply no comparison when you place their watered down version up against what Wayne Hancock has been delivering for nearly twenty years. [Bloodshot]
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