Thursday, July 23, 2009

Song of the Week: "Summertime", Wayne Hancock

It's still Summertime! Today we turn our attention to a version of the song as recorded live in 2003 at the Continental Club in Austin, Texas by Wayne "The Train" Hancock. Astute followers of On The Flip-Side will remember that Hancock got some action from us back in the nascent days of our existence with his original song, Thunderstorms and Neon Signs. Hancock's version of Summertime was recorded at the same time as Thunderstorms and appeared on the same album, but as an unlisted hidden track. It closes out the flawless live album, Swing Time, and features a vocal duet with Hancock's sister, Rebecca Snow. It's an interesting mix of vocal jazz and traditional honky tonk. The genre mixing by Hancock's band again proves the structural integrity of Gershwin's composition. From horns to pedal steel to breathy jazz vocals to hard core honky tonk vocals. It's a great mix. Click here to hear Hancock's live version of Summertime. We'll be back tomorrow with another version of Summertime. Stay tuned.

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