“Wayne 'The Train.' He’s been my running buddy, and he's taught me a lot. When I got signed to Curb Records, I started listening to songs to put on my record. In addition to my own songs, I wanted to record a few numbers by a couple of outsiders. Every time I heard Wayne’s stuff, it stood out to me as being very special.
“I got to meet him when he was recording in Nashville. Within 30 minutes, we’d been in a wreck and got both of our names on a police report. It was just one of those things that were meant to be.
“I went to Texas and saw how he made his records. He made me understand what he considered pure when it came to swing and blues and country music. The only other guy who has more Hank Williams in him than me is Wayne ‘The Train’ Hancock. It’s that loud singing style, which is not an easy thing to put across. Wayne knows about being blackballed in Nashville and having to pick up and start all over. He’s done it, he’s been there, and he keeps on going.
“Very few people can be real purists, but Wayne is a purist all the way. The styles that he absorbed, he keeps them intact 100 percent. And I have to mention, Wayne’s been in a bad accident. We’re hoping he can come back next year and be able to sing and play again.”