Brent Hoodenpyle & The Loners

Brent Hoodenpyle & The Loners

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Someone said that Brent "looks like a mix between Johnny Cash and Jeff Tweedy and sings songs that sound like they were written in 1950's Nashville." Influences are Steve Earle, Dwight Yoakam, Hank Williams, and John Prine.

Biography

To describe singer-songwriter Brent Hoodenpyle's style of alt country music, you'll have to listen to just a few of his songs.

Whether it's in the award winning crying-in-your-beer tune such as "Picture Show In My Mind," a historical story song like "Damn Yankees" or a 1950's Nashville rocker like "Run Back To Him," you'll hear the influences of traditional and alternative country artists such as... Steve Earle, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, and Gram Parsons, just to name a few.

And in his band, The Loners, you'll hear the sounds of the best country musicians Chicago has to offer.

The Loners are led by Scottish born guitarist John Ballantyne. His alt country guitar licks blend effortlessly with the traditional country sounds created by bass player Buddy Carter. Then, when you add in the talents of rock-influenced Bill Ceas on drums, and you've got a ballsy mix of country music twang and roots rock.

From veneues like Nevin's Live in Evanston, IL to alt country enclave The Hideout in Chicago, to the folk friendly environments of the Masthouse and Stage Left Cafe in Woodstock, IL, it's this sound that has helped Brent and The Loners win over audiences and build a grass roots following.

Lyrics

Run Back To Him

Written By: Brent Hoodenpyle

Have you ever had a falling out
Like the one we had today?
Have you ever missed a lover,
Who you sent his separate way?

Have you ever fallen in so deep
That you couldn't even swim?
Have you ever left a lover and then
Run back to him?

Have you cried all night just thinkin' about
The life that might have been?
Has your heart stopped cold when you passed someone
Who looked a lot like him?

Did a lover ever come around,
Try to win your heart again?
Did you tell him no or did you go and
Run back to him?

Tell me, is it over now?
Oh, Babe, I've got to know.
Did you mean those things you said to me
When you watched me go?

And if a lover said he's sorry
For all the things he'd done,
And that his life was like a candle
And you were like the sun,

Would you shine your light down on a man
Whose world was cold and dim?
And could you find it in your heart to
Run back to him?

Repeat:

Tell me, is it over now?
Oh, Babe, I've got to know.
Did you mean those things you said to me
When you watched me go?

And if a lover said he's sorry
For all the things he'd done,
And that his life was like a candle
And you were like the sun,

Would you shine your light down on a man
Whose world was cold and dim?
And could you find it in your heart to
Run back to him?

Tag:

Oh, and if you ever loved me,
Would you love me again?

Picture Show In My Mind

Written By: Brent Hoodenpyle

There's a picture show playing in my mind
It's a movie that I've seen a thousand times
The couple in this tragedy
Look a lot like you and me
At the picture show playing in my mind.

I sit there in the darkness all alone
While the leading man comes home to find you gone
Someone else now loves his wife
On a screen as big as life
At the picture show playing in my mind

Chorus:

Where the soda pop is cheap
And the air's always cold
As the love that you gave
As the lies that you told

No matter where I go
I close my eyes to find
The picture show playing in my mind.

It rumbles through my mind just like a train
And its destination call will bring me pain
But I know in there I'll see
A time when you belonged to me
At the picture show playing in my mind

Repeat Chorus

Country Music Holiday

Written By: Brent Hoodenpyle

If I were a movie star,
Today would've been the day
When I called down for my car
And made my getaway.

I'd tip the kid a Benjamin
For bringing my car around,
I'd tell my agent to shove it
I'm heading out of town.

Yeah, but I'm sitting here in Tuscaloosa
Going out of my mind,
With a sad lot of tired, hot middle managers
Bitchin' 'bout overtime.

Well what in the world do they want me to do,
Work all the shifts myself?
They can take what I got til five o'clock
Then they can all go straight to hell.

Chorus:

I'll take the long way home in my old car,
Try to find Grace tonight at the bar,
Where the music and the dancing hold in sway.

You don't need much time or money,
Just a few good records to play
To take a country music holiday.

I need to hear me some Willie Nelson
When I'm feeling down,
And when I wanna kick some ass, ol' Johnny Cash
Is somewhere hangin' around.

Steve Earle's there to free my spirit
And when I need some rock and roll,
I pray to the ghost of Eddie Shaver,
"Have mercy on my soul!"

Repeat Chorus Twice

Tag:

You don't need much time or money,
Just get a few good records to play,
And take a country music holiday.

Discography

Country Music Holiday -- Released May 13, 2006.

Set List

We're really pretty flexible. We can do sets of 1 - 2 hours in venues ranging from acoustic coffee houses to honky tonks. 60% of our current material is original with the remaining 40% being covers of people we like and admire...

Johnny Cash
Hank Williams
Steve Earle
Dwight Yoakam
Billy Joe Shaver
Gram Parsons
Ray Price
John Fogerty
Merle Haggard
Buck Owens
Doug Sahm
Guy Clark
Monte Warden
Pat Green
Robert Earl Keen