Bannon Hancock Band

Bannon Hancock Band

Sat · January 6, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

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Bannon Hancock Band
Bannon Hancock Band
The Bannon Hancock Band
A little rock-n-roll; a little outlaw country. All Texas.

When you listen to the Bannon Hancock Band’s new album “The United States of Texas,” you get the feeling you’ve known these guys a longtime. You can’t help but feel like you’ve drank whiskey with them, maybe done a little fishing and certainly raised a little hell together.

Maybe that’s because Hancock himself, along with guitarist Jason Deere and bassist Jon Phillips, have done all those things and so much more. They’ve been friends for a long time – since the 90s – and musicians for even longer, and you feel that connection when you listen to their music. Their familiar and comfortable relationships, worn in like a favorite pair of boots, emanate from every word sung and every chord strummed.

If you ask the three core members of the Bannon Hancock Band how they got started, you’ll get three different answers. Everyone took their own route with detours -- including starting families and getting “real” jobs. Their paths were all twisting and winding in their own way.

Back in the early 2000s, Hancock and Phillips played together in a band that never really took hold. They dabbled in a very different sound, one popular from their youth: grunge. Deere had a turn as lead guitarists in a very successful Pink Floyd tribute band. It’s not the collective histories you’d expect from a group laying down tracks more reminiscent of outlaw country and Texas rock.

“Music has always been a constant in my life and I don't think I'll ever stop writing but sometimes life has a way of taking the wheel and changing your course,” Hancock said. “Honestly, I had kind of given up on really doing anything with music, but a little growing up and the perspective only real life and family can give, I found my voice again.”

It was around that time that Hancock had heard about an open mic night. He didn’t even bring a guitar. He just went. He didn’t even presume that he would sing. But sing he did.

And with that first experience at the Houston institution, the Firehouse Saloon, a blaze sparked from a smoldering ember Hancock realized had never been fully extinguished. He was ready to stoke the fire and he knew the guys who might be interested in fanning the flames with him.

Over the next weeks they practiced, entered and won a battle of the bands competition at the Firehouse. The prize was to record one of their songs.

“Well, we didn’t have one song,” Hancock says, with a mischievous smile. “We had 11. So we recorded all of them.”

The result is a distinctly southern, blisteringly emotional freshman album, “The United States of Texas.” Listening to it, you can tell they are singing from their souls, for their souls. They’re older, gentler, certainly more mature than when they were chasing the music bug two decades ago. In the hands of producers Stormy Cooper and Lyndon Hughs, the result is the type of sound that only old friends who are finally ready to embrace the great talent they’ve been gifted can produce.

The band released their first single, “Carry Us On Through,” a song about leaning on family and family. Its enjoyed airplay on several Texas country stations, including The Bull 102.9-FM. Check it out for free here:

“Raining Whiskey” is a workingman’s anthem and “Southern Man” is the band’s shot across the bow to anyone who thinks they should do things differently in Texas. The pair works well with the album’s namesake “The United States of Texas,” a feisty narrative that pays homage to the Lone Star State, which deeply influenced Hancock’s work.

The most classically country sound can be found on “Chasing Fireflies,” a ballad about falling in love with someone who makes you feel young again, when the world was alive and amazing.

“Only God Forgives” is a classic tale of revenge and contrasts well against “Revelation,” Hancock’s earnest, open letter to God. The rest of the album is a balanced offering of southern rock sprinkled with a satisfying mix of classic rock and Texas country.

The band is currently rounded out with Randy Miller, drums; Jeremy Dangel, guitar; Jeff Duncan, fiddle; and Drew Balog, keyboard.
Venue Information:
The Redneck Country Club
11110 W Airport Blvd
Stafford, TX, 77477