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Before Hank III nasally announced a return of outlaw country to the outlaws, there was Texas troubadour Wayne Hancock. A songwriter since he was 12, Hancock landed in 1995 with "Thunderstorms and Neon Signs." He also contributed heavily to the aforementioned Williams' debut. Hancock is the real deal, a throwback to general stores and sawdust floors with an affinity for the two-step. His touring guitarist, Mark Mencher, is a simply amazing guitarist from the Scotty Moore school of rollicking finger-style. His twangin' with Hancock's sangin' makes this the show of the week. Yee haw!

Wayne Hancock performs Tuesday, March 26, 8:30 p.m. at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. $15-$20. abilenebarandlounge.com.

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