8 p.m. Saturday, May 9 / Fulton 55, 875 Divisadero St. / $15 / (559) 412-7400, www.fulton55.com
It’s been two years since Wayne “the Train” Hancock released his last album, “Ride.”
The Austin, Texas, country singer figures it’s about time for the next one. He’s also in no real rush.
“The record company would like you to put out a record every year,” says Hancock, who is in town Saturday for a show at Fulton 55.
He prefers to have some time between albums. He’s released just five albums of honky-tony rockabilly — all on the independent country label Bloodshot Records — since 2001.
“I don’t want to rush writing songs,” Hancock says. “I want to make sure everything still sound good, 5, 10, 15 years down the road.”
Taking time with an album gives him quality control. It gives fans the opportunity to really listen to the record — maybe even get sick of it somewhat — before he gives them something new.
“It’s like getting a bunch of good books and having to read them all in two months,” Hancock says.
“I like to read a good book over and over,” he says.
“It’s the same with an album.”
Currently, Hancock is out on the road, playing with the band that will record the new album eventually. He sings and plays rhythm guitar, accompanied by an upright bass, two leads and a steel guitar. It’s a larger band than he’s used to on the road — he usually travels as a trio or quartet — but it’s the same instrumentation as when he’s in the studio. So fans will get a live show that is closer to what they hear on his records.
“I can reproduce that to a tee,” Hancock says.