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WAYNE HANCOCK

On his second album, That's What Daddy Wants (Ark 21), Austin singer Wayne "the Train" Hancock makes a few nods toward commercial country. There are drums on three cuts; there's also an accordion on "87 Southbound," brash horns on several other tunes, and an ultracatchy Beatles-esque hook on "Misery." But the specter of Hank Williams still hovers, particularly in Hancock's nasal twang, and in his jumpy melange of hillbilly boogie, raucous swing, and old-time country, Hancock's MO is selective appropriation, not tacky revivalism or radio pandering. Once again his songs are about busted-up relationships, down-and-out wandering, and lookin' for a good time, but once that piercing yawp comes out of Hancock's yap, you don't really care what the song's about. Tuesday, 10:30 PM, restaurant, House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn; 312-527-2583 or 312-923-2000. PETER MARGASAK

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo by Jennifer Jaqua.

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