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Austin's Wayne "The Train" Hancock is the world's finest purveyor of juke joint swing: an enticing blend of honky-tonk, western swing, blues Texas rockabilly, and big band. This is their second Bloodshoot album and was recorded live, over several nights, at Austin's fabled roadhouse, the Continental Club. Includes old nuggets, new stuff, and covers that scuffed up the dance floor. These tunes are more infectious than poison ivy and twice as hard to shake once you've been exposed to them.
Wayne "The Train" keeps a-rollin' as the Austin honky-tonk hero struts his stuff in live sessions on his home turf, energizing the dancers and putting a smile on the face of anyone who prefers country music with an old-fashioned kick. The ex-Marine is a hard-core country traditionalist, but his devotion to swing--Western and otherwise--gives his honky-tonk fluidity. Swing Time, produced by Texan Lloyd Maines, makes excellent use of crack guitarists Paul Skelton and Dave Biller, who deftly combine vintage licks with contemporary energy. Steel guitarist Eddie Rivers is equally effective, especially on songs like "Louisiana Blues," "Flatland Boogie," and "Big City Good Time Gal." Still it's Watson's no-nonsense vocals and 21st-century Hank Williams persona that makes the music click. Hancock reprises several songs from previous recordings, adding a quick trip down "Route 66" and an intriguing take on the standard "Summertime." --Michael Point