The exceptional talent that is Terry Hanck - the award winning, American electric blues saxophonist, singer, songwriter and record producer - is releasing ‘I Still Get Excited’ described as one of the best albums of his career. The album is a perfect summer record for dancing, driving and being young at heart! And one that continues to demonstrate Terry’s unique ability to fuse various elements, soul, blues, ballads and boogaloo, into a cohesive whole.
Three-time Blues Music Award winner, Terry Hanck is in the modern pantheon of tenor sax greats. His sound is at the nexus of classic New Orleans R&B, Chicago blues and soul, West Coast honk and Memphis rock and roll. The guy has a voice that still make women swoon. His lyrics are ranked among the best in his idiom. Terrys five originals stand shoulder-to-shoulder with some of his hand-picked favourites by Louis Jordan, Sam Lightning Hopkins, Bobby Charles, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson and Howlin Wolf on ‘I Still Get Excited’.
The album was co-produced with renowned player/producer savant, Chris Kid Andersen at Greaseland Studios in San Jose, the silver-haired fox gathered some famous special friends including harpman - Rick Estrin, piano/organ man - Jimmy Pugh, guitar master - Chris Cain, drummer - June Core and the legendary singer - Tracy Nelson to join in with his own brilliant bandmates for one of the best albums of his long career.
“Exciting, tenor sax-driven blues and soul. This Chicago native, now based in South Florida, is steeped in those genre’s traditions as a musician, singer and songwriter Hanck’s choice of material and his presentation are impeccable. He starts this album with Elvin Bishop’s “Right Now is the Hour,” and he does it proud. The slow burn of “T’s Groove” is hot enough to cook a thick steak on. Vocally, Hanck drips 1950s soul on the first half of “My Last Teardrop,” then punches it into overdrive. If soul/blues is your bag, grab this." -Bob Gottlieb, Elmore Magazine.
Terry Hanck’s music was “too bluesy for the funk crowd, and too funky for the rock ’n’ roll crowd,” of early 1970s California, but it was just right for Elvin Bishop, tried for years to lure Terry to his band before finally succeeding in 1977. A decade of world tours later, Hanck bid a fond farewell to that band and formed his own.
Today that band includes Bay Area monster guitarist Johnny Soubrand, long-time drummer Butch Cousins (younger brother to Robert Cray bassist Richard Cousins), and bassist Tim Wagar, a stalwart of the San Francisco blues scene and beyond (Lavern Baker, James Cotton, Jimmy McCracklin, Lowell Fulson, and Howard Tate).