Traditionalism can be boring, but nostalgia is a special kind of stimulating.
Wayne Hancock‘s high lonesome honky tonk plays to the latter. Maybe it’s sincerity and authenticity or maybe they just make you want to move, but something about Hancock’s roadhouse boogies and tear in your beer ballads are hopelessly irresistible. His band is brilliantly understated so the heartbreaking whine of pedal steel takes center stage alongside Hancock’s stoic reflections on hard times and troubles. This is country music from another era, a time when Hank Williams and Kitty Wells ruled the country airwaves. One has to wonder if it’s a time when Wayne Hancock would have ruled the airwaves too.
Tonight, the Austin native brings his old-time country swagger to The Grey Eagle. Here’s a preview of what to expect.
8 p.m. $12/$15.