Hank Slaughter

Hank Slaughter


Singer/songwriter Hank Slaughter combines classic acoustic rock, contemporary country and fresh original songs into an evening of reflective story-telling and entertainment.


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.


I'm the One

Written By: Hank Slaughter (from his CD "I'm The One")

I’m the one nobody loves
Until the enemy’s at the gate
I’m the one who toes the line
When all others hesitate

I’m the one who trains for war
But I always pray for peace
I’m the one prepared to give my life
Just to keep this nation free

I’m the soldier in the trenches
I’m the sailor out to sea
I’m the airman turning wrenches
To keep freedom flying free
The Marine who’s ready to give his all
At sea or land or air
I’m the one who will answer the nations call
Of freedom anywhere

I’m the one who works overtime
To protect your nine to five
I’m the one who goes to hell and back
To keep paradise alive

I’m the one whose family sleeps at night
While I patrol the dark
I’m the one who still makes house calls
Because pain has no clock

I’m the fireman on the hook and ladder
I’m the cop in the black and white
I’m the paramedic saving lives
Underneath the flashing lights.
I’m the one who has seen the best
And the worst that man can be
I’m the one who will pay this price
Because freedom isn’t free…

China Doll

Written By: Hank Slaughter

Dyed blond hair and a store-bought tan
That’s usually enough to tempt any man (but I say)
That’s just fine for a picture on the wall
But she ain’t got nothing on my china doll

Don’t need no Barbie doll to win my heart
‘Cause she can’t turn my head with her plastic parts
Don’t want a girl built like Ally McBeal
I dig a body like an hourglass as long as it’s real

Porcelain skin is what I need
And a body built for comfort, not made for speed
That little girl makes me feel ten feet tall
And I’ll do anything to keep my china doll

She don’t need a lot of make-up to cover her face
She belongs on a shelf in curio case
And if I was G.I. Joe I would go AWOL
And break out the glass to steal my china doll

Drew Barrymore’s the Angel for me
And when Tricia or Wynonna sings my knees get weak
Even in black and white I’m diggin’ Mae West
And I love Marilyn Monroe in that white cotton dress

Porcelain skin is what I need
And a body built for comfort, not made for speed
So if I gotta rob Peter to pay off Paul
Then that’s what I gotta do to keep my china doll

Peaches and cream is what I dig
Waitin' for me backstage at the end of my gig.
Don’t need no swimsuit model ‘cause I’m telling y’all
All I want next to me is my china doll

Jocks & Geeks

Written By: Hank Slaughter (from his CD "I'm The One")

She was kind of shy with a ponytail.
No matter how she tried it never failed
There were always two or three strands hanging in her face.
He was the kind of guy from a fairytale.
Everything he tried, he never failed
And his hair was perfect; not a strand out of place.

The smartest kid in school, but they called her “geek”.
He was “Mr. Cool” cruisin' down the street
She watched him drive by while she waited for the bus.
She had to be a fool to think they could ever meet.
An unspoken rule between jocks and geeks:
“We won’t bother you if you don’t bother us.”

He saw her waiting through his tinted glass,
Wondered who she was dating and if he should ask
If she would like to ride with him to school.
But he was running late for his homeroom class,
And his friends would hate him and then they’d laugh
If he showed up with a girl who just wasn’t cool.

So, when prom night came he settled for a girl
With the perfect name and her hair in curls
And his friends all liked her, but he was bored to tears
‘Cause they all look the same in his perfect world.
So, he goes insane looking for a girl
Who doesn’t really care what he drives or wears.

And the shy bookworm with the ponytail
Sits alone with her ginger ale
Hoping against all hope he’ll ask her to dance.
But she’ll go back home to her fairytales
To her silent phone and her empty mail
'Cause she knows jocks and geeks don’t stand a chance.


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

Set List

American Pie (Don McLean)
Another Brick In The Wall (Pink Floyd)
Breakfast At Tiffany’s (Deep Blue Something)
Brown-Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
Can’t Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley)
Cat’s In The Cradle (Harry Chapin)
Closer To The Heart (Rush)
Come To My Window (Melissa Etheridge)
Down On The Corner (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Downeaster “Alexa” (Billy Joel)
Drift Away (Uncle Kracker)
Every Rose Has Its Thorn (Poison)
Fire (Bruce Springsteen)
For What It's Worth (Buffalo Springfield)
Horse With No Name (America)
La Bamba (Richie Valens)
Let Her Cry (Hootie & the Blowfish)
Life’s Been Good To Me So Far (Joe Walsh)
Livin’ On A Prayer (Bon Jovi)
Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffet)
Mother (Pink Floyd)
Mr. Jones (Counting Crows)
Peaceful Easy Feeling (The Eagles)
Pink Houses (John Mellencamp)
Promises (Eric Clapton)
Sandman (America)
Save Tonight (Eagle Eye Cherry)
Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Take It Easy (The Eagles)
The Thin Ice (Pink Floyd)