|A native Texan, singer/songwriter Hank Slaughter has
been writing music his whole life and playing guitar since
leaving the film industry after eight years as a professional
stunt man. Now, with a combination of acoustic versions of
classic rock songs; rockin', toe-tapping country tunes and
his own original story-tellers, Hank provides an
entertaining and relaxing evening of music and laughter.
A self-proclaimed "show off", Hank plays for the joy of the
music and the fun of entertaining people;
and the occasional free beer!
Hank has been writing and playing music as long as he can remember.
Starting on drums at an early age, he soon learned the guitar was
more portable and, frankly, “chicks dig guitar players. It’s hard to
serenade a woman with a 7-piece drum kit.”
A multitude of musical influences have shaped his sound since then.
Everything from Rush to Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd to the Dixie Chicks
and Iron Maiden to Abba. “If I like a song, I like it. Period,” says Hank.
“rock or country or pop or metal or Aztec Indian folk music. Good is
Hank often tries to turn a song on its head. Whether playing a power
ballad with a gentle fingerpick style or pounding out a Brad Paisley
love song with the distortion turned up to eleven, Hank is all about
change. “If people want to hear Bryan Adams, they’re going to turn on
Bryan Adams. When people come to my show, they like the familiar
songs but they want to hear something a little different too.”
With all of these influences, it’s no wonder his original songs have
been compared to everything from Hootie and the Blowfish to John
Michael Montgomery. His guitar work, usually played on his custom-
made arch-top named “Linus”, is simple, rich and uncluttered leaving
more room for his deep and insightful lyrics. “I want to MAKE people
listen to the story I’m telling. And when they do and I see that look on
their face that says, ‘wow’, and I know they get it...well, that’s the best
feeling in the world.”
Hank has relocated to El Paso, Texas, after living for three years in
Holland and making fans throughout The Netherlands, Belgium,
Germany, and even the UK. He released his first solo album, "I'm The
One," in 2003 before collaborating with lyricist Tim Phillips and
bluegrass guru Hans Wolters on last year's "Southern Anthem." After
serving in Iraq, Hank is currently working on his next project, "On A
Mission," for release later this year.
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