|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Tags:||country rockabilly americana hillbilly swing alt-country honky tonk western swing|
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1 May 1965, Rockne, Texas, USA. Starting to write songs at the age of 12, Hancock was soon singing and playing guitar around Texas and at 18 won the Wrangler Country Showdown. He then went into the US Marine Corp for six years after which he came back to show business, starting out with 1994s Chippy, in which Terry Allen, Joe Ely and Robert Earl Keen also appeared. Cleaving to the traditions of classic honky-tonk country music, Hancock built a strong following among those for whom latter-day changes in style have proved less than desirable. His style is bold and forthright and he does everything at full throttle and often with scant regard for his health. He has gained a measure of notoriety for playing shows that overrun their scheduled slot often by hours rather than minutes. Reports of his performing shows that run for six or even seven hours appear not to be exaggerations. This pace and the accompanying fast lifestyle led to a health jolt and on medical...