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Wayne “The Train” Hancock performs honky-tonk, Western swing and roadhouse blues Bellingham’s Green Frog

Wayne “The Train” Hancock, who’s been called the king of juke-joint swing — performs honky-tonk, Western swing, roadhouse blues, Texas rockabilly and boogie-bop at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St.

According to allmusic.com, Hancock is that “rare breed of traditionalist, one who imbues his retro obsessions with such high energy and passions that his songs never feel like the museum pieces he’s trying desperately to preserve.”

Always an anomaly among his country music peers, his uncompromising interpretation of the music he loves is in fact what defines him: steeped in traditional but never “retro;” bare bones but bone shaking; hardcore but with a swing. Like the comfortable crackle of a Wurlitzer 45 jukebox, Hancock is the embodiment of genuine, house rocking, hillbilly boogie. Hancock makes music fit for any road house anywhere. With his unmistakable voice, The Train’s reckless honky-tonk can move the dead.

Admission is $15 advance, $20 day of show. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets.

Betty & the Boy and Patchy Sanders follow Hancock’s show at 10 p.m. Cover is $5.

Details: acoustictavern.com.

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