The 11 tunes on Wayne Hancock’s Ride are pure driving country blues. With a voice not unlike Hank Sr’s and a killer band behind him, Wayne Hancock is, as Hank Williams III has said, “the real deal.” While tracks like “Low Down Blues,” “Get the Blues Low Down” or “Home With My Baby” could easily come off as derivative or downright hokey, this simply isn’t the case here. The songs and production on Ride are reverent of old school country blues without ever coming across as hackneyed. Just try listening to “Best to Be Alone” or “Deal Gone Down” and not get to cryin’ in your beer. I double dog dare you. (Bloodshot Records, bloodshotrecords.com) Sheldon Birnie

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