With the temperatures beginning to drop in Atlanta Thursday night, things were just heating up inside Vinyl. The room slowly but surely filled up with folks who were there for the soulful country warbling of Mr. Wayne “the Train” Hancock and those who got there early were treated to a damn fine set of tunes from Patrick Sweany. When the buzz from the speakers faded out everyone there went home happy.
The man everyone came to see was the one and only Wayne “the Train” Hancock, and his set did not disappoint. With a no nonsense attitude his band hit the stage and launched right into the music. With a classic country sound Mr. Hancock’s voice is the closet think to Hank Sr. since, well, Hank Sr.. There was nothing flashy about this show, the music did the talking. While belting out the tunes and strumming the guitar he was flanked by a thumping stand up bass and sweet guitar picker tearing through tunes from his newest record Ride, his vast back catalog and a few choice classic tunes. The house was full as the devout fans ranging all ages (60’s to toddler) danced and sang along with every tune. Sometimes simple is best, and Wayne “the Train” Hancock proved good music is better than a flashy show any day.
Starting the evening off was the bluesy stylings of Patrick Sweany. Armed with an acoustic guitar and a stomp box his gravelly voice reverberated through the room as he treated the crowd to a collection of old and new songs. As the show started folks milled around the back of the room but midway through the first tune everyone was front and center. It was amazing how powerful his music was without a band backing him as he passionately belted out each and every song. In between tunes his banter with the crowd and humorous tales made the show that much better. If he is ever playing near you, go see the show or you will be sorry.
While Thursday may not be the ideal time of the week for a night out on the town, the music at Vinyl made it well worth the lack of sleep. The musicians were on, the crowd was into it and the beer was cold, it doesn’t get much better than that my friends. If you were at the show then you enjoyed a great night of music if not, then your loss.