Hank Slaughter
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Hank Slaughter

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The best kept secret in music


"Strong debut"

"Great lyrics! Hank's phrasing reminds you of Melissa Etheridge or Billy Joel. Some of the instruments other than Hank's guitar sound a little stiff and the production sounds like it was a little rushed, but Hank's melodies linger in your head and you will soon catch yourself singing along. Musically, the best songs are the ones that feature just acoustic guitar and voice, although the piano work on "My Life" has a great Bruce Hornsby-like groove. All in all, this offering is a strong debut from a promising songwriter." - Tower Records


"I'm The One". 2003
"Live at Flatley's" 2004


Feeling a bit camera shy


Hank Slaughter has been writing and playing music as long as he can remember. Starting on drums at an early age, he soon learned that the guitar was much more portable and, frankly, chicks dig guitar players (hard to serenade a woman with a 7-piece drum set).

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. "It doesn't matter if it's rock or country or pop or metal or Aztec Indian folk music. Good is good."

Hank often tries to turn a song on its head. Whether playing a U2 power ballad with a gentle fingerpick style or pounding out a Brad Paisley love song with the distortion turned up to 11, Hank is all about change. "If people want to hear Bryan Adams, they're going to listen to Bryan Adams, not me. Most people want to hear something a little different; they just don't know it yet. So when I cover a song, I like to turn heads."

With all of these influences, it's no wonder that Hank's original pieces are just that; original. His songs have been compared to everything from Matchbox 20 to Neil Diamond. His guitar work--most often played on his custom-made archtop named "Linus"--is simple, rich and uncluttered leaving more room for his deep, 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'...well, that's the best feeling in the world."

Hank is currently serving on active duty as a combat medic with the US Army but says that doesn't hinder his songwriting. "It's great. Even though it takes a lot of my time, it doesn't take ALL of my time. I don't always need my guitar with me to write lyrics and most of the time I can hear the melody in my head and can sort out the details of the song later. My bosses have always been very supportive of my music, even as far as letting me take 2 guitars with me while deployed to Kosovo. Plus, the Army offers the chance to travel all over the world and draw from those experiences."

Hank lives in Holland and plays shows throughout Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and even Great Britain.