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Since his stunning debut, Thunderstorms and Neon Signs in 1995, Wayne “The Train” Hancock has been the undisputed king of Juke Joint Swing--that alchemist’s dream of honky-tonk, western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly and big band. Always an anomaly among his country music peers, Wayne’s uncompromising interpretation of the music he loves is in fact what defines him: ... Read more in Amazon's Wayne Hancock Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 7, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ark 21
  • ASIN: B0000061TK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,720 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Juke Joint Jumping
2. Poor Boy Blues
3. Thunderstorms And Neon Signs
4. She's My Baby
5. Big City Good Time Gal
6. Ain't Nobody's Blues But My Own
7. Double A Daddy
8. Why Don't You Leave Me Alone?
9. Tag Along
10. Cold Lonesome Wind
11. Locomotive Joe
12. No Loving Tonight
13. Friday And Saturday Night
14. Summertime

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Playing the too-country for commercial radio side of the field, Wayne Hancock makes some of the loneliest Hank Williams-styled C&W since, well, since ol' Hank himself. Moving easily from hillbilly bop ("Double A Daddy") to dancehall honky tonk ("Juke Joint Jumpin'"), Hancock has the old-school twang down cold. He succeeds most, though, when he takes that old sound and fits it into his own modern life, as he does on the exquisitely drawn title track, where he details why pulling off to a motel whenever the highway weather gets bad makes his heart swell with fond memories. --David Cantwell

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A crime in today's lackluster stream of pop "country" music.
Robert Weil
If you're a fan of "country music" in the 21st century, you are not going to enjoy listening to this album!!
D. Holak
Kick back and listen, or better yet, this album should be required for every ride in a pick-up truck.
Peter M. Brigham(marika@college.med.ufl.edu)

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Thomas More on July 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Wayne on the Prairie Home Companion radio show News Years Eve Gala in Dallas, TX. I was in the audience that night and heard several of these songs performed live. I've owned the CD now for several years and have listened to it countless times. There's something simply extraordinary about the simple arrangements. Stan Smith's clarinet and Bob Stafford's trombone being brought in for some of the tracks lends it a crossover feel. I've even come to accept Wayne's abrasive take of "Summertime" at the CD's end. It's country that gets at the heart of the tradition. And there's a lot of heart packed into this CD's contents. The title track and "Cold, Lonesome Wind" highlight the melancholy elements wonderfully. They may be my favorites, though songs like "Juke Joint Jumping" and "Double A Daddy," with their driving, danceable rhythms, are brilliant. I highly recommend this to anyone.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. Holak on April 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If you're a fan of "country music" in the 21st century, you are not going to enjoy listening to this album!!
Wayne Hancock does not make music for the Top 40 crowd. To enjoy Wayne, you're going to have to forget about over-produced albums. Wayne creates albums for those true, dyed-in-the wool, country music fans.
Wayne takes you back to a time when life was simple, no worry about crime, and just laid back enjoyment of life.
Like Joe Ely say's, "Wayne The Train is the real deal"!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jon D. Ely on September 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
What a great album this is, not only is the music a real pleasure to listen to, but the lyrics are a hoot! Wayne is not afraid to experiment, he skillfully combines old school elements with new in such a natural way. The songs pull you right in as if your listening to an old favorite you haven't heard in a long time. This album instantly became one of my favorites. I bought two more to give as gifts.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Dorman on July 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I've driven the Gladewater hi-way. From Tyler to Gladewater to Longview to Kilgore and back again. I've walked into The Roundup Club, The Eagle Drive In, Rio Palm Isle, etc, etc,. When that high pitched voice starts I don't think of Hank, altho somewhere in each song you will, I think of people that I grew up with because they sounded like that. That being said I think the best thing that Wayne has accomplished is to put together the "tightest" band I've heard since the Texas Playboys.I love Wayne's singing and writing, but it is so well complemented by Skelton, Stafford, Ramirez,Maines, Steiner,etc. Every once in awhile he'll throw in a horn or clarinet to really keep you off balance. This of course brings Bob Wills to mind, & you can't help but smile. All in all I think Wayne is everyman.A truck-driver, a hobo, a rough-neck, an alcholic,and a man who likes a good time but is not ashamed to be true to his gal.Oh yes and a man who can find comfort & beauty in Thunderstorms and Neon Signs
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C11H15NO2 on November 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you were lookin' for country music that's

too lonely for VH1,

too despondent for CMT,

and too ornery for GAC,

you just found it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Weil on March 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Wayne Hancock knows why honky tonk hillbilly [junk] is so impotant; (Hank Williams)! I have recently come to understand that people out there still care about legends and legendary music. Wayne "The Train" knows roots and history; truly two keys in becoming good at what your doin! This album has more down & dirty taste to it than anything put out "Countryfied" in years.
"Thunderstorms & Neon Signs" would be a classic if people knew about it. A crime in today's lackluster stream of pop "country" music. "Juke Joint Jumping" is how an collection should begin; too the point & with style! Hank III calls this cat a friend, and I get why; he's a reminder of where country music began. Buy it with confidence. Enjoy!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. DUNTON on September 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
My only regret was not getting this album sooner. The music and lyrics are real and unpretentious. Wayne Hancock is a true American gem.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Lange on August 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Wayne "the train" Hancock's 1st album was a real surprise and begged the question, Who is that?" A real foot tapper and it is easy to think that he was on stage with the 1st Hank. His original work is "familiar" but fresh and clever...he is a good writer and his personality comes through as energetic and positive. I loved it at 1st play-through....couldn't wait to find the next album!
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