By Jhoni Jackson
Wayne “the Train” Hancock is a honky-tonk hero, a bona fide blessing to both country and rockabilly. Since the ‘90s—and that includes his latest LP, Ride—he’s stuck to his signature guns: earnest storytelling, premium pickin’ and, more often than not, a swingin’ tempo.
It makes sense that Hancock’s responses to our 5GB series are concise, yet fully indicative of exactly what kind of country artist he is—and always will be.
What’s the first gig you ever attended?
1981, Hayloft Saturday Night in Gilmore Texas
What is the best gig that you ever played/performed?
1991 Cowboy Hall of Fame with the Texas Playboys
What is the best gig you have ever seen?
Big Sandy. Always.
What is the gig you would most like to play?
Perform with the Texas Playboys
What would be the lineup for your dream gig?
Dave Biller, Jeremy Wakefield, Bob Stanford (Texaco) John Doyle and Kevin Smith
Wayne Hancock plays at Vinyl Thursday, Feb. 28, with Patrick Sweany.