Texan Wayne Hancock is favored by the latter. Hell, he's practically its patron saint. Without any retro jive, Hancock plays hardcore honky-tonk. With a natural drawl that could slice butter, he draws freely from rockabilly and western swing, which was perhaps the first American genre to really fuse black and white (swing jazz and C&W). Because Hancock's music is so rhythmically vigorous, he can't even hold on to a full-time drummer. As for recording, Wayne "The Train" says, "I record live. My first record took approximately a week. My second album took three days." And what about country radio? "It doesn't really matter, because all my fans don't listen to the radio. So it's not actually that bad . . . not being played on the radio."
What a guy!