Album:That's What Daddy Wants
Wayne Hancock is best described as an alternative country artist. There's nothing Nashville about him. If you need to place a label on him, I suppose you might call him Rockabilly. He's been a big part of the Austin music scene for the last 20 years. He was born May 1, 1965 in Rockne, TX. He played local clubs as a teen and won the Wrangler Country Showdown. But he had already enlisted in the US Marines. After a six year stint, Hancock tried to make it in Nashville but went nowhere and moved back to Texas. He was in the musical theater show Chippy with Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, Robert Earl Keen and Terry Allen. This earned him a record deal with the small label Deja Disc. His 1995 CD Thunderstorms and Neon Signs got Hancock a lot of attention for a CD on a small label. This led to a record deal with Miles Copeland's ARK 21 label. That's What Daddy Wants was his first CD on ARK 21. As with the first album, it was produced by steel guitar legend Lloyd Maines, father of Natalie Maines of Dixie Chicks. Hancock recorded three albums for ARK 21 and then moved to Bloodshot Records in 2001. His music is a mix of honky tonk and rockabilly. So if your looking for a less polished kind of country music, Wayne Hancock could be for you. Hancock's latest CD Ride was released Feb. 2013. One guy who hangs around with Hancock is Hank Williams III. You never know when he might turn up on one of Hancock's shows. Here's Wayne Hancock performing Johnny Law in Denver, CO July 11, 2009.