Gary L. Hankins

Gary L. Hankins

 Wichita Falls, Texas, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

I'm a singer/songwriter with a great group of talented musicians . Check out our page on myspace! You'll love our different blend of music and see all the great things our friends and fans have to say. We are something new and different!

Biography

Something different! A diverse mix of musician's
who each add their own style to make my songs come to life. I am Spot of Blue and write and sing the songs that inspire the talent of those who perform with me.
All of the musicians that perform with me are masters of their craft.
Tommy Nash who has years of experience stemming from his time with the Dixie Chicks during their first 4 years and also tours with Jerry Jeff Walker currently. A truly gifted musician.
Doug Edward adds beautiful violin and piano that comes from his work and education as a composer for film scores.
Scott and Jeff Miles are brothers who create a rythym with a understanding that comes from a life of music together and their work for many local bands and as session artist.
Influences are from a wide variety of artist from country, jazz, blues and pop. Jim Croce, Van Morrison, Jimmy Buffet, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Elvis Presley,Gordon Lightfoot, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams even John Mayer to Jason Mraz.
My music goes back to times when I feel lyrics and music created a simpler time. I feel I give the audience something to feel and think about and that it touches a wide range of generations.
I'm conscious of feelings and situations of my life and how they reflect in my songs and allow my audience to relate these feelings to themselves.
I'm honest and sincere and hope it shows in my work.
Wichita Falls Texas,
the home base from which he has launched his first album, Spot of Blue, a collection of songs that, like their creator, are made from the richness
and variety of the world.

Hankins was born in Wichita Falls Texas where his father spent forty years
playing with a country western band. Everyone in Hankins' family was
musical. He remembers sitting with his family while his father, mother,
and uncle would sing country ballads set against the storied Texas
landscape.

Hankins moved to San Diego when he was still a baby and grew up near the
sea, where his grandfather, a Portuguese fisherman, was still working on a
tuna fleet near the bay. Hankins moved back and forth from Texas to
California for the next few decades absorbing on one side, the country
winds of the Texas grass land and on the other, the salt air and ocean
culture of San Diego.

On the coast, Hankins learned to love surfing, the freedom of the rolling
sea and the musical independence of the ocean wind. Surfing his way from
Mexico up the coast, Hankins visited and eventually moved to Hawaii where
he spent several years surfing among the paradise shores. As if carried by
the waves he eventually crossed the ocean again and, (by land) moved
around the west living in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Las Vegas.

Hankins' employment history has been as varied as his address: he designed
web pages in Hawaii, worked at the family store in Texas, and in
California he became an actor being featured in dozens of commercials and
bit parts. Acting, chance, and romance carried him across the ocean again
to the Czech Republic where he acted in a cult film and toured Europe,
falling in love with the landscape of Prague and Paris.

In Las Vegas, Hankins encountered the underside of humanity, working for a
mortgage company he saw men drive into town in Bentleys and leave by bus.

Eventually, while still living in California, a series of events would
irreversibly change the direction of Hankins' life. It started with the
tragic death of an old friend and the news that his father was growing
ill. The musical blood in Hankins' veins was already stirring when he
moved back to Texas to be near his father.

Back in Wichita Falls, Hankins found himself inspired. Everywhere he
looked, musical ideas filled his mind. A pasture of grazing cows, the wind
flowing through the windows in his father's house. Although Hankins had
always played and sang music, something in his life had snapped, and he
knew that there was something inside him that needed to come out.
Over the next year, Hankins began to write prolifically. The events,
scenery, loves, and tragedies of his life were cohering into a new
persona, a musical voice that Hankins begun to nurture.

Hankins located a studio in the area and began recording his music. At
first he was recording solo pieces and multitracking his instruments until
he met Bart Rose at First Street Audio, a brilliant producer who heard Hankins' unique compositions. Working together, Hankins and Rose began to rework the music, adding complexity and flavor to the milieu. One thing led to another and Hankins was introduced to other musicians and piece by piece Spot of Blue came together. The list of artist begins with Doug Edward, Tommy Nash, Scott and Jeff Miles combined on the most recent tracks for his next release and includes Aden Bubeck, Jordan Richardson, Katelyn Patterson on the CD "Livin Life This Way".
With a growing list of tale

Lyrics

Amber

Written By: Gary Hankins

Amber ©2004
Music and Lyrics by Gary Hankins

It’s 6am
I’m back again
To always see
Your smile

Like the sun
That wakes
Me from
A deep and
Peaceful slumber

(Chorus)

The golden rays
Are my alarm
That shine on me
Like amber

And though
My day
Has just begun
Shall end a
Fire’s ember

(Chorus)

In my heart
The fires burn
I go slowly
Back to slumber

I’ll wake again
To see your smile
That shines of
Golden amber

Amber (chorus)
Oh Amber
It’s the color
Of the spell
I’ve fallen under

Spot of Blue

Written By: Gary Hankins

Spot of Blue ©2004
Music and Lyrics by Gary Hankins

Black and white,
Yellow, brown
And you
This world
Is getting smaller
Now it’s true

Why can’t we all
Live together
Take this world
And make it better

On this little
Spot of blue
On this little
Spot of blue

From a distance
So small
And fragile
Look closer
It seems to
Unravel

People dream
Their whole
Lives through
Wishing troubles were
Far and few

On this little
Spot of blue
On this little
Spot of blue

Black and white,
Yellow, brown
And you
We’re put here on
This little
Spot of blue

If all the colors
Flowed together
Would make this world
So much better

On this little
Spot of blue
On this little
Spot of blue

Through Your Eyes

Written By: Gary Hankins


Through Your Eyes
Lyrics by Gary Hankins 2004

I've been looking
At my life these days
When loneliness
Stops by
I think of all
The things you've said
That makes me
Want to cry
You'll never know
The love I feel
When I see it
Through your eyes

When I
See it
Through your eyes
When I
See it
Through your eyes
I’ve come
To realize
How to
See it
Through your eyes

You make me strong
In a world
Gone wrong
You lift my soul
To sing
Here in this world
Are better things
When I
See it
Through your eyes

When I
See it
Through your eyes
When I
See it
Through your eyes
I’ve come
To realize
How to
See it
Through your eyes

My life’s complete
No wants
No needs
My purpose
Now is clear
I can feel
Your hand
Is near
When I
See it
Through your eyes

When I
See it
Through your eyes
When I
See it
Through your eyes
I’ve come
To realize
Once I
Saw it
Through your eyes

Acey Deucey

Written By: Gary Hankins

Acey Deucey ©2004
Music and Lyrics by Gary Hankins

You roll the dice
You play the game
Not too complicated
It’s only in the name

Acey Deucey
Acey Deucey
Like love it’s played the same

Well you move, I move
Across the board
Strategy remains the same
Keep on rollin those doubles
Keeps you in the game

Acey Deucey
Acey Deucey
Like love it’s the same ol’ game

Cover me up
Put me on the bar
Take me to the same ol’ place
Keep on rollin those doubles baby
It’ll keep you in the race

Acey Deucey
Acey Deucey
Like love it’s played the same

You know your getting closer
Hold me back to my own side
And when you think
your bound to win
I give it another ride

Acey Deucey
Acey Deucey
Like love it’s the same ol’ game

You roll once
You roll twice
Takin' it all in stride
Move your pieces
Across the board
Give it one more try

Acey Deucey
Acey Deucey
Like love it’s played the same
Like love it’s the same ol’ game

War is Hell

Written By: Gary L. Hankins

War is Hell (For Those) pg. 1
Lyrics by Gary Hankins

War is Hell
War is Hell

For those who
Choose to
Toll its bells
War is Hell

Takes away
Our boy’s
Now our little girls
Takes away everything
That’s left here
In this world

War is Hell
War is Hell

For those who
Choose to
Toll its bells
War is Hell

For those who
Choose to
Toll its bells
Oh now
War is Hell

We’ve watched
It in the movies
We’ve seen it
On T.V.
Wonder what
It ever takes
To set
This whole
World free

War is Hell
War is Hell

For those who
Choose to
Toll its bells
War is Hell

Takes away
Our rights
To dream about
Our lives
Look at all
The faces
Of the people
Left in strife

War is Hell
War is Hell

For those who
Choose to
Toll its bell
War is Hell

Blame It On Me

Written By: Gary L. Hankins

Blame It On Me
Lyrics by Gary Hankins 2005 ©

So this wasn’t
Meant to be
When you
Blame it all
On me.

All I wanted
Was to stay
But, I couldn’t
Live this way

When you
Blame it all
On me

When you
Blame it all
On me

When you
Put that
Blame on me

Oh, you
Played on
The situation
And I’m
Sick of
Your suspicions
And it’s drivin’
Me insane

When you
Blame it all
On me

And I started
Not to run
Till I’d
Seen it
Come undone

So I
Took you
By the hand
In hopes
You’d understand

And you couldn’t
So you
Blamed it all
On me

When you
Blame it all
On me

So this wasn’t
Meant to be
When you
Blame it all
On me

All I wanted
In the end
Was just
To be
A friend

And you couldn’t
So you
Blamed it all
On me

Pack It Up

Written By: Gary L. Hankins


Pack it up ©2004
(Living life this way)
Lyrics by Gary Hankins

Lost in this state of Texas, so they say
A little place called Wichita Falls
Kind of off the way
We were goin nowhere
Livin day by day
At times I often wondered how…
I ever hoped to stay

So I think I’m
Gonna pack it up
Gonna pack it in
Gonna get on out of Texas
So you won’t know where I am

If I were a cowboy
Livin life that way
I’d find me a little cowgirl
To brighten up my days

I’m not that kind of man you see
Got more things on my mind
Though it’s rather plain to see
Texas oh Texas ain’t for me

So I think I’m
Gonna pack it up
Gonna pack it in
Gonna get on out of Texas
So you won’t know where I am

Get on down to Dallas
Maybe San Antone…
One thing’s certain baby
Oh Man, this man is gone

I’m not that kind of man you see
Got more things on my mind
Though it’s rather plain to see
Texas oh Texas ain’t for me

So I’m think I’m
Gonna pack it up
Gonna pack it in
Gonna get the hell out of Texas
You won’t see me again

Discography

LP "Livin Life This Way"
Acey Deucey
I'm Gonna Tell You Somethin'
Pack It Up
It Calls Your Name
Just A Cowboy
Spot of Blue
Amber
Angel of Destruction
About You
When They Arrange the Flowers
Through Your Eyes
"Country Has No Color"
Blame It On Me
Waiting
War Is Hell
Blowin' and Goin"
On A Wire

Set List

Acey Deucey
I'm Gonna Tell You Somethin'
Pack It Up
It Calls Your Name
Just A Cowboy
Spot of Blue
Amber
Angel of Destruction
About You
When They Arrange the Flowers
Through Your Eyes
Blame it on Me
War is Hell
Blowin and a Goin'
Waiting
On A Wire