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Interview:
Wayne Hancock keeps "The Train" rolling through personal travails
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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Earlier this year, Wayne “The Train” Hancock split up with his wife of three years. But he promises he won’t be taking any sadness, frustration or anger out on her in song when he starts recording his new album, the follow-up to 2009’s “Viper of Melody.”



“I’m not gonna bombard my listeners with ‘Woe is me’ blues songs,” says the Texas-based Americana singer and songwriter. “I want to make the new album something more upbeat, especially with all the bad news in the world these days.”



Hancock, 46, is already playing some new songs in his shows, including “Ride,” inspired by his love of motorcycle riding, and “When I’m Home With My Baby.” “I’m recording some other stuff, so it should be pretty good,” Hancock notes. I don’t want to let too much out of the bag, but I’m sure by this time next year we’ll have a new record.”



Until that point, however, Hancock is happy to be playing his shows. And because of these troubled economic times he says he’s even more motivated to give fans what he considers more than their money’s worth and provide an antidote to any real-life blues they’re feeling.



“I like people to think they can come to the show and not worry about when the show’s letting out,” Hancock explains. “You’re looking at three or four hours of good music, and not talking about the president or what I think our country should be doing or war or any of that (stuff).



“All I want to do is get people motivated to feeling good again, ’cause if you get a good tune in your head, you can pretty much do anything. I’ve walked a lot of miles with a good tune in my head.”



Wayne “The Train” Hancock and the Deadstring Brother Live (aka Kurt Marschke) perform on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.



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