Wayne “The Train” Hancock

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Picture this: You’re in a bar in Texas. Your face is dirty, and you’re staring into a pint glass of rapidly de-carbonating yellow liquid. Your family: Dead. Your money: Gone. Your future: Bleak. You give yourself two options: End it all now or hitch a ride out of town, either on a traincar or horse to pick up where you left off. Wherever you are, chances are the verses of Wayne “The Train” Hancock are bellowing out of the bar’s raggedy speakers, on low. The Austin, TX-based country singer has made a storied career as the sad bear of twangy barroom country music—so much so, it’s been said he’s got “more Hank Sr. in him than either I or Hank Williams Jr.”—and that’s according to Hank Williams III.

Hancock’s lyrics tell the tale best. In “Working at Working,” he sings: “The rich folks call it recession, but the poor folks call it depression ... Working at working, dodging my bills, I wonder if the president knows how I feel. I stood in every soup line around.” In “Lookin’ for Better Days,” he laments about the slow, steady demise of his relationship. “Well, roses are red and violets are blue; you stopped lovin’ me, and I’ll be damned if you do,” he sings. “I’ve got a sad case of lonesome and blues. I’m lookin’ for better days to fall out of love with you.”

If there’s a better reason to stare longingly into the pop-top of a beer from Kungfu Necktie’s Wall of Shame, we don’t want to know it. // RANDY LOBASSO

8pm. $15. With Full Blown Cherry. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. kungfunecktie.com

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WHEN
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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- Price: Unknown

WHERE
1250 N. Front St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 03/13/2014. .

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