Gayle Lynn and the Hired Hands

Gayle Lynn and the Hired Hands

 San Francisco, California, USA
BandAmericanaCountry

Kentucky girl Gayle Lynn writes songs of wit and sadness - bourbon soaked songs for the soul. The Hired Hands give her music that "just right" twangy touch of country that makes you feel at home - whether you're dancing to the jukebox, laughing in your hat or crying in your beer.

Biography

Gayle Lynn Schmitt was born and raised by the banks of the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky.

In 2005 Gayle Lynn formed the Hired Hands as an outlet for her roots oriented songwriting. They released their first CD to a packed crowd in October 2008 and brought down the house at Slim's in January 2009. They toured Missouri, Kentucky and Ohio in Summer 2009, performed at the San Francisco Bluegrass and Old Time Festival in February 2010, and will play the prestigious Freight & Salvage in April 2010.

Gayle Lynn's songwriting reflects her influences (Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, Loretta Lynn), but the feel is original and personal. She communicates that while life doles out sadness to each of us in a random fashion, our music and friends are there to help to us get through it, and life remains a celebration.

The Hired Hands’ subdued arrangements on the debut CD complement the singing and songwriting. Tasty, selective guitar licks from Rick Elswit have just enough pedal steel feel to them to set up the honky-tonk atmosphere. Mike Roper adds husky but tender harmony vocals and subtle harmonica fills that push the sadness factor to the edge but not over it. Corey Losee’s loping rhythm on the snare drum and Tom Drohan’s driving bass keeps the rhythm bouncing along.

The CD is receiving international airplay (Belgium), and has been raved about by the likes of KPIG DJ Cuz'n Al, Blue Highway's Tim Stafford and Hicks With Sticks editor Jose Segue.

Gayle is also well known in the Bay Area as the leader of the Toodala Ramblers - a high energy band that plays bluegrass music for kids and families and has recorded two award winning children's CDs.

Lyrics

Rodeo Queen

Written By: Gayle Lynn Schmitt

Rodeo Queen

Remember me I was the rodeo queen
Remember me I was the prettiest girl
Remember me, rodeo queen, rodeo queen

I’ve got two kids, 12 and 13
They don’t even care there Mamma once was a queen
They keep asking where their Daddy is
I know but I’m not telling them

How I love this town I’m from
When the sky is blue or the dust starts mixing in the setting golden sun
That’s one thing God decided not to change
Leaves the colors all the same

You know girls who turn in to women with no place
Once a few lines cross their sweet sunny face
You know boys though they turn in to men
They keep playing, they keep on playing

In their big shiny trucks cowboys ride hide
I know deep down I wanna be by one of their sides
That’s a story I tried, that’s a story I tried
I’m through with crying, I’m not gonna cry

How I love this town I’m from
When the sky is blue or the dust is mixing in the setting golden sun
That’s one thing God decided not to change
Leaves those colors all the same

Remember me I was the rodeo queen
Remember me I was the prettiest girl at 17
Or was it just a dream rodeo queen, rodeo queen

Feelin' This Way

Written By: Gayle Lynn Schmitt

Honey you won’t believe the sadness that I feel
It’s grown so deep I can hardly believe it myself
‘Cuz you were always the one and only for me
Here I am thinking I have to leave

Watching the clock waiting for you to be home
The tick, tick, ticking doesn’t stop and I already feel old
If this wait, wait, waiting is the way it’s gonna be
I can do that on my own

Feelin’ this way, I’m feelin’ this way
Feelin’ like I’m gonna leave you my babe
‘Cuz things just aren’t right
Even when you hold me all night
I’m left with this emptiness inside

Don’t ever say what we shared wasn’t true
Everything I’m feeling I’m not meaning to blame on you
Everything I’m feeling don’t you know I tried to chase away
But it’s here and I know I can’t stay

Feelin’ this way, I’m feelin’ this way
Feelin’ like I’m gonna leave you my babe
‘Cuz things just aren’t right
Even when you hold me all night
I’m left with this emptiness inside

Feelin’ this way, I’m feelin’ this way
Feelin’ like I’m gonna leave you my babe
‘Cuz things just aren’t right
Even when you hold me all night
I’m left with this emptiness inside

Yes, I’m left with a sadness I can’t hide

Brown Glow (Whiskey Took My Darlin')

Written By: Gayle Lynn Schmitt

Whiskey took my darlin’,
Whiskey took my darlin’
Away from me, away from me

Didn’t see no harm in
At first I didn’t see no harm in
Just a few drinks, just a few drinks

Now he stays out late I don’t know where
When he gets home he’s not really there, not really there

Remember when we met
I can remember when we met
Each touch was so sweet, each touch was so sweet

Party with our friends
We would party with our friends
Every night of the week, every night of the week

Now I wanna stay at home and be with my babe
Wanna hold him in my arms and touch his face, I wanna touch his face

He says “That smooth brown glow makes my life flow in a way I can not do alone
I need that brown it won’t let me down
I need that brown glow around”

Gonna love him still
I know I’m gonna love him still
For as long as I can, for as long as I can

He’s my best friend
‘Cuz he’s my best friend
He’s not just my man, not just my man

But I’m no fool the truth is plain
That smooth brown liquor has taken my babe, take him away

Whiskey took my darlin’, Whiskey took my darlin’, Whiskey took my darlin’

He's A Man

Written By: Gayle Lynn Schmitt

I’m afraid, afraid to show you all of the love that I am.
Been there before, knocked on closed doors as life flowed by me,
I’m afraid of doing that again

You are a friend, a sweetheart and a darling,
You treat me just like a precious gem
But sometimes when I’m speaking I wonder are you listening

You’re a man you are a man now I should understand
Exactly what you might need
I think I do, I hope I do but my question to you,
Are you ready to understand me?

There’s no blame, no anger in what I’m saying
I’ve decided it’s just how life is
I was taught to care and praise without shaming
You were taught to keep me safe, pretty and fit

You’re a man you are a man now I should understand
Exactly what you might need
I think I do, I hope I do but my question to you,
Are you ready to understand me?

Momma says you worry me so girl,
It seems you’re never satisfied.
If you set your sights so high you’re gonna be climbing
Up hill every day of your life

Cuz he’s a man he is a man now you should understand
Exactly what he might need
I think I do, I hope I do but my question to you,
Is he ready to understand me?

I’m afraid, afraid to show you all of the love that I am

Discography

Gayle Lynn and the Hired Hands released their debut CD "Just Came Around", consisting of 12 self-penned songs that cover the range of Americana roots music from alt-country to folk, with a little bit of rock. The songs tell tales of small town life, long-ago love, dissolving relationships and barroom gloom. And there are funny songs too!

The Hired Hands are joined by several special guests on this project, including David Phillips “the reining king of the pedal steel in the Bay Area,” Diana Greenberg (Belle Monroe & Brewglass Boys, Whoreshoes) on triple fiddles, Scott Young (Red Meat) on trombone and many other “helping hands” who add seasoning to each song and provide a finely crafted backdrop for the talented songwriting of Gayle Lynn.

Set List

A typical Gayle Lynn and the Hired Hands set includes Gayle's originals from the recent album, newer originals, classic tunes from artists such as Loretta Lynn and Emmylou Harris and up tempo renditions of traditional songs such as "Will You Miss Me". On longer, multi-set gigs, Hired Hands Mitguard and Elswit contribute lead vocals as well.