In 1995, an overwhelming majority of Nashville was working toward turning every male country artist into a cowboy-hat-wearing mannequin with an electric guitar slung low on his mechanically swiveling hip. As country morphed into arena rock with pedal steel for effect, Wayne “the Train” Hancock released his debut album, Thunderstorms and Neon Signs, and dragged music fans back to the genre’s chicken-wire roadhouse roots with a swinging, twanging, yodeling vengeance. In the subsequent decade and a half, Hancock has maintained his position as this generation’s Hank Williams, releasing eight albums of authentic country swing and jump blues, including the new weeping, wailing and whomping Viper of Melody. If you have even the slightest affinity for classic country music, catch the Train and ride with him all the way to Danceyourassoff Junction. Whitey Morgan & the 78s open at 9 p.m. at the Town Fryer (5000 Euclid Avenue, 216.431.0728). Tickets: $12 advance, $15 day of show. — Brian Baker
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