Bloody Altercation Ruins Wayne Hancock Release Party

Brody Vercher | April 24th, 2009

  • Austin360’s Michael Corcoran says Wednesday was supposed to be a big night for Wayne “The Train” Hancock, who was scheduled to have a CD release show for “Viper of Melody. Instead Hancock was busy rehearsing new musicians after two of his were involved in a brutal fight (or attack, depending on whose side you take).

    Hancock said he stands by his steel player. “The first thing I want to make sure is that Tony’s medical bills are taken care of,” said Hancock, who added a benefit concert may be in the offing. “As for Izzy [Zaidman], I hope they send him to jail.”

    Visit the article for a link to a “gruesome,” post-altercation photo of Tony Locke.

  • David Serby‘s third record, Honky Tonk and Vine, is slated for a May 11 release and he’s hired a serious marketing team to build his profile so that he can more easily tour outside of Southern California. This is a good thing.
  • Watch the video premiere of Billy Currington‘s “People Are Crazy.”
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  • Farce the Music posted a .99 review of Jack Ingram‘s “Barefoot and Crazy.”
  • Results from the 40th Annual GMA Dove Awards are in and the winners in the bluegrass and country categories are:

    • Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year: “They’re Holding Up The Ladder” by Jeff & Sheri Easter
    • Country Recorded Song of the Year: “I Wish” by Point of Grace
    • Bluegrass Album of the Year: We Are Family – Jeff & Sheri Easter
    • Country Album of the Year: Around the Bend – Randy Travis
  • The Oak Ridge Boys talked about their new album in an interview with Ashlie Kolb for Nashville At Nite.
  • Download Eli Young Band‘s full Jet Black and Jealous album for a mere $0.99. (via Country Universe)
  • Country California hit the big one year mark yesterday and C.M. Wilcox used the occasion to comment on the increasing importance of country music blogs.

    As the shift continues, I hope that the people who started out on blogs (including myself, to whom this advice is secretly addressed) will approach their work with a renewed vigor and sense of responsibility. The quality of the content doesn’t matter much if we assume that blogs are merely supplementing or responding to conversations held in print or in popular culture.

  • Alt-512 compiled a list of 13 albums released in the last 10 years that can be considered perfect. Corb Lund, Guy Clark and Reckless Kelly each scored a spot.
  • Here’s a video of Rodney Hayden performing “Nuevo Laredo” at Gruene Hall on Tuesday as part of the New American Voices Tour. Video of Drew Kennedy is in the works and will be posted on Monday finally finished processing. His performance of “Goodbye” is below. Keep checking the NAV website and we’ll get a couple of videos added there, too.

  1. Kim
    April 24, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks for the heads up on that great Amazon deal on the Eli Young Band’s CD.

  2. Brody Vercher
    April 24, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Country Universe was all over that one, so any thanks for that should be directed their way.

  3. Rick
    April 24, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Wow, Wayne Hancock gives a whole new meaning to the concept of a “CD Release Party Texas Style”! Those Texans do know how to have a good time though…

    I’m shocked that I actually own a CD on the Alt-512’s list! I purchased Corb Lund’s “Five Dollar Bill” after hearing the title track on an online Australian country radio show. Corb and his Hurtin’ Albertans like to play at the Mint Club when he’s here in Los Angeles and he’s great live. The rest of that list makes me think the author should be at that Red Dirt Festival thingie that Kelly Dearmore is currently attending.

    I’m glad David Serby is trying to break out of the moribund local country music scene here in Los Angeles as its a dead end street. I wonder if he’ll ultimately follow Randy Weeks down to Austin? Hmmm…

    Rodney and Drew are good, but I’d rather watch Joey Martin on stage given the choice.

  4. Vicki
    April 24, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Mmm..Rodney’s ok but I like Drew. Too bad the crowd won’t get quiet and listen to this good performer.

  5. Chris N.
    April 24, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Any day you can do a headline beginning with “Bloody Altercation …” is an above average day at work, I would think.

  6. Rick
    April 24, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Opry Alert! Sunny Sweeney will be performing on this week’s Saturday Night Grand Ole Opry! Sunny is scheduled for the first half-hour segment of both shows. Raul Malo is also scheduled to close out both shows. Hopefully Sunny will sing “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”, the type of song not heard often enough from the Opry stage. (Well, except for the new Thursday Night Opry Classics show that is.)
    Schedule Link:

    PS – I’m shocked The 9513 didn’t post a link today to an article about Taylor Swift’s tour opening concert last night! I mean isn’t Taylor the hottest thing in mainstream “country music” right now? Sheesh…(lol)

    Here’s some temporarily available promo materials for Taylor’s current tour:

  7. Vicki
    April 24, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Yup the promo is true to form. She looks like a high class pop star

  8. Brody Vercher
    April 25, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Good news for all you Ashley Monroe fans. Her debut album, Satisfied, is going to be released digitally on May 19.

  9. Jordan Stacey
    April 27, 2009 at 8:19 am

    Hey Rick that’s great news about Sunny, I haven’t heard anything about her in a while. I wonder what Big Machine’s plans for her are?

    Also I’m so glad Satisfied will finally be released, I was so dissapointed that it never was.

  10. J.R. Journey
    April 27, 2009 at 9:17 am

    That is good news. Now if Columbia would only have the faith to release a physical CD … but hey, we’ll takes what we can get.

  11. Izzy Zaidman
    April 29, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Open letter of apology and explanation to the world for the fight between Tony Locke and me, Izzy Zaidman

    I’m really very sorry about everything that has happened.

    I feel it’s really important to say that right off the bat. Whomever you are there is a good chance if you’re reading this, I owe you some measure of apology and or explanation.

    Please understand that for legal reasons I cannot go into specific details of many things or answer all your questions.

    I have kept my mouth out of the public arena for the most part until now under the instruction of other people, whose opinions I don’t wholly trust anymore. Because of the ludicrous proportions that this this has been blown up into, I feel compelled to set the record straight about a few hard-core lies that are being perpetuated. You may love or hate me right now, and I’m not gonna give you my life story, but I am not a liar and you should feel free to verify anything I say to your own satisfaction.

    I really am sorry about all that has happened and the damage done to all of our careers. Tony… I am sorry to, I have left you over a dozen messages in the last week in attempt to say that man to man. But there are lies circulating and I have to set the record straight.

    Lie #1: Izzy attacked Tony from behind, or while he was not ready.

    This is just a big ass lie. Plain and simple. Tony picked (and I do mean picked) a one on one fight with me. He took his jacket off, stepped outside with me, put up his fists and stood toe to toe. Tony is 30 pounds heavier than me, 1-2 inches taller, 6 years younger, works out at gyms, and claims to have some sort of belt in Tai Kwon Do. It was a fair fight period. I’ll take a damn polygraph on these facts, and I’d love it if he did too.

    Lie #2: Izzy punched and kicked Tony while he was unconscious.

    First of all, it’s not true. Second, Tony was NEVER unconscious and if he was, how would he know what was happening to him? This claim is absurd and patently false.

    Lie #3 Izzy left Tony for dead.

    Tony was never dead, dying or even unconscious as I said above. I left him sitting against the wall, breathing and quite alive. I went promptly to Wayne who had him in the van on the way to the ER in well under 5 minutes. That is exactly what happened.

    Lie #4: Izzy tried to kill Tony and should be tried for attempted murder and/or felony abuse.

    This really bothers me. I’m a vegan for christsakes. I’ve never wanted anyone dead and I certainly don’t have it in me to kill a man.
    At the hospital it was determined that Tony had:

    Zero broken bones, zero broken teeth, zero organ damage, zero internal bleeding, zero brain damage, zero ear/hearing damage, his eyes were puffy which did impair his sight somewhat but he had zero eyesight loss and zero eyeball damage. In fact (I mean undisputed fact) apart from some stitches and some ugly puffiness, the guy was/is 100% fine! He walked in on his own 2 legs, he walked out on his own 2 legs, and he was perfectly coherent. He was back at the motel, within 3 hours and there was more than an hour worth of travel time. By the time he was back at the motel, he was fit to walk 1/2 mile roundtrip to buy himself cigarettes.

    The conditions I listed above are undisputed facts. Can someone please tell me how the hell anyone can consider this more than a normal old fight? No broken bones? No overnight hospital stay? C’mon y’all…. I do feel bad and I really wish this never happened, but when a man voluntarily and boldly lifts is fists to another man, he has to expect some possible consequences.

    OK now how about a list of some crucial truths?

    Truth #1

    Tony spent the first 14 hours claiming he was attacked by 3-7 henchmen hired by me to jump him outside of our motel room. He told this lie to everyone including his wife and multiple medical professionals. When the doctors asked him if he wanted to file a police report he said yes, but promptly left the hospital within minutes of the cops arrival without his pain meds, or prescriptions and avoided telling the cops this tale. He actively perpetuated this lie until he was forced to abandon it cuz no one believed him.

    Truth #2: Tony drinks a lot and pisses people off. He does so often. If you know him you probably know this already. If you don’t it shouldn’t be too difficult to find someone who does. I know he has lied to his wife for at least the 10 months I’ve known him about his drinking and this is a fact. He has told her he doesn’t drink on tour when in fact he drinks like a fish. She now knows the truth and I imagine is duly upset because as I understand it has been a crucial and divisive issue for them. I can personally testify as to having seen him drink more than 12 beers before breakfast and certainly 4-6 is par for the daily course. On gigs he drinks but I never kept count.

    I know that his sister has banned him from her own home because of his drunken, verbally abusive attitude toward her. In fact as I was told, when she first learned of what happened she asked “Was Tony drunk?” Which of course he was. Her second words were “I really couldn’t see Izzy doing something like that unless he was provoked” which is also true. I’m not giving out her contact info, and I didn’t speak with her directly but I swear this was told to me by someone very close to both of us within 12 hours of the incident.

    Truth #3. The night in question specifically, Tony pissed off just about everyone he spoke more than 2 words to. I cannot name names. But it was everyone and he wouldn’t stop. He threatened to leave the band and said some really outrageously insulting things to people he really shouldn’t have. When he started digging in on me, I was in bed. I know many of y’all don’t know me and I can’t give you the play-by play, but for someone to bother me so much that I get out out of bed, they’d have to be really acting up. Which he was .

    In case anyone cares to know. I’m 36, I hate war, my car runs on recycled vegetable oil, I voted for Ron Paul and love Dennis Kucinich. I give money every month to the ACLU and have been a vegetarian for 20 years, vegan for 15. My non-musical hobbies include dancing, caring for my sunflower garden, and playing with my kitten Darla. Sounds cutesy but it’s true!

    I have never picked a physical fight with ANYONE in my entire life. Ever. I grew up defending myself from a lot of violence and depravity and hated it.  I don’t believe in violence and I very much wish that Tony had never tested me the way he did. I don’t want any physical trouble with Brian Rise, Lacynica Michel or anyone and I mean that sincerely. I have had to overcome types of adversity many don’t understand to find what peace and joy I have in this life and I don’t want that threatened. That my personal or proffesional life is damaged because of violence now is a source of great pain for me.

    Thank you for reading all this. I hope you kept an open mind and I swear that all the things I’ve said here are true. Please consider this information before passing judgement upon me.

    Izzy Zaidman

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