Wayne Hancock's publicity generally relies on his position as a revivalist of classic country music. But he is actually a preservationist of many forms of music—western swing, rockabilly and, yes, classic crooning country. Playing at a packed Pour House, Hanocock convinced many of the willing to dance from the first note he played.
Over the years, Hancock has traveled with a string of ace lead guitar players, from Eddie Biebel who was at his side during gigs at Hideaway BBQ and the Berkeley Cafe to the baby-faced Zach Sweeney, who accompanied him at The Pour House. Sweeney is a picker much more mature than his 24 years would indicate. His playing is thoughtful and intricate, his tones incredibly clean. On Hancock's other side, bassist Jim Karrow offered the steady thump. Hancock played nearly two and a half hours, offering selections plucked from nearly all of his releases.
Wayne Hancock allows audio of his shows to be posted on archive.org
, and we're happy to share that
along with a few video clips of the performance below:
Wayne Hancock: "87 Southbound"
Wayne Hancock: If You're A Viper
Zach Sweeney with Wayne Hancock: "C Jam Blues" (Duke Ellington)