Larry Hannon

Larry Hannon

BandCountrySinger/Songwriter

Singer/Songwriter (emphasis on WESTERN), with a touch of Southwest flavor, Blues, and Ballads. Easy Listening with stories and humor to entertain any crowd.

Biography

Larry Hannon takes the Western (Cowboy) genre to a sophisticated level unlike any other. Influenced by the Western Swing of Bob Wills, the Ballads of Marty Robbins, the songwriting of Willie Nelson and Cindy Walker, and the performances of Marty Robbins, The Sons of the Pioneers, Johnny Cash and Conway Twitty set the foundation for Larry's performances and selection of music.
A singer/songwriter of the old school, his songs carry a story line and purvay a message for all who listen. He has been critically acclaimed for his school performances and the impact they have on today's students.
His community concerts have been so well accepted that often times they are extended by at least half hour encores.
His private venues have been where he really shines. One constituent and long time friend goes so far to say that when you get him in an "up close and personal setting", that's when his great stuff comes out.
Larry was raised on a 12,000 acre Cow Ranch where his father was foreman for 20 years. His stories, annecdotes and jokes are from old hands and his dad. They were real life heroes that he projects to his audience. It's like stepping back in time when life was much more simple, and society moved a little slower.
Larry has been nominated for numerous awards for his songwriting, performances and CD's by the Academy of Western Artists, and the old Western Music Association.

Lyrics

Little Gringo

Written By: Larry Hannon

I
I was drinking tequila
In a little cantina
Way down in old Mexico

I danced the fandango
With a girl named Rosita
She was married, but I did not know

II

Until she gasped for air
And the music just stopped
When her husband walked in through the door

Ah, but I didn't care
Cause the band was a flop
And you should have seen just what he wore

CHORUS

From beneath his sombrero
Hung a big old mustachio
That covered the iron on his hip

I could tell he was hurtin'
Of that I was certain
With 40 pounds of hair on his lip

There was nothing but silence
As he spit his challenge
That I merely wiped from my face

He growled 'little gringo'
Through his big mustachio
While standing toe to toe in that place

III

Get me out of here gringo
I heard from Rosita
She whispered with her sweet breath

Andele' Gringo
That big old mustachio
Chihuahua, it smothers me to death

IV

Then ge growled little gringo
Through his big mustachio
That bramble of brush that he wore

My sweet Rosita
You won't too much care for
When you hear how loud she can snore!

CHORUS

My hand started shakin'
But I thought I could take him
Then he went for the gun that he wore

He wasn't a bit slow
But it caught in his mustachio
Then I made my run for the door

Down in that cantina
Where I left Rosita
I'll bet they're still laughing today

When they talk of the showdown
In their little slow town
And how this 'little gringo' got away

Yes they tell of that showdown
In their little slow town
And how this 'little gringo' got away.

A Wild Red Rose

Written By: Larry Hannon - Copyright 1995 / BMI

I:
It was late that summer I was riding high
Just a goin' down the road
That night I'd marked an eighty five
On that salty bronc I'd rode

I'd paid my fee and took my chance
I'd been ten thousand miles
I thought I'd make the rodeo dance
For just a little while

II:

I saw her through that smokey haze
As I walked through the door
Right away she caught my gaze
From across the dance hall floor

Her doeskin shirt was spotless white
Her hair was raven black
Her dark eyes sparkled when she smiled
There was no turning back

REFRAIN:

I took her hand, our fingers entwined
I heard twin fiddles play
I held her close as we danced in time
And wished that I could stay

We looked in one another's eyes
And held each other close
That was when I realized
I held - A Wild Red Rose

III:

She held me captive with her smile
I heard her softly say
Please stay with me a little while
At least 'til the break of day

How fast the years have slipped away
Since that night we danced so close
What might have been if I had stayed
And held on to the wild red rose

REFRAIN:

I took her hand, our fingers entwined
I heard twin fiddles play
I held her close as we danced in time
And wished that I could stay

We looked in one another's eyes
And held each other close
That was when I realized
I held - A Wild Red Rose

Yes, that was when I realized
I held - A Wild Red Rose

Cowboy Country

Written By: Larry Hannon

I
Break of dawn
New day's born
Life goes on
Through wind and storm

Windy plains
Take their toll
Come the rains
They flood the soul

Refrain:

More times than not
There's too little money
That seems our lot
In cowboy country

But we don't care
Cause life means something
Way out there
In cowboy country

Way out there
In cowboy country

II

No city lights
To fade the stars
Late at night
No neon bars

To break the spell
Or spoil the silence
We know full well
This life is priceless

Refrain:

More times than not
There's too little money
That seems our lot
In cowboy country

But we don't care
Cause life means something
Way out there
In cowboy country

Way out there
In cowboy country

III
Life goes on
Through wind and storm
Break of dawn
A new days born

More times than not
There's too little money
That seems our lot
In cowboy country

We don't care
Cause life means something
Way out there
In cowboy country

Way out there
In cowboy country
Life means something
In cowboy country

Discography

Visions & Legends - Cassette (sold out)
Remember Heroes - CD
Tracks that have received radio play:
"Where the Tallgrass Grows"
"Heroes"
"The Way He Rode"
"Wild Cow Run"
"The Buckle"

Set List

My Typical set runs 45 minutes to 1 hour with nine to twelve songs in a set. The set includes time for stories and jokes.

Typical Song List: "Wild Cow Run"
"Trail to Mexico"
"Manuel"
"Where the Tallgrass Grows"
"The Way He Rode"
"Strayman"
"Mama Aint Happy"
"Bad Sign"
" The Buckle"
"Uncle Harvey's Plane"
"Trail Cutter"
"Simple Things"

If I am performing at a festival, those sets generally run 15 to 20 minutes and I do a 3 to 4 song set with stories and humor. The songs will be selected from those listed above plus others that I have available.

If I do any covers, I will typically mix them in with some of my or