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Twirl Back Home

by Gayle Lynn and the Hired Hands

Urban Americana for Truth-Seeking Souls - shimmery pedal steel, ringing guitars, bouncing upright bass, beautiful harmonies and arrestingly honest songwriting that will grab you and won’t let you go.
Genre: Country: Country Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Beautiful Soul
4:57 $0.99
2. Twirl
4:37 $0.99
3. Burritos and Books
3:54 $0.99
4. Flames
4:58 $0.99
5. Girlfriends
4:18 $0.99
6. Back Home
4:24 $0.99
7. Steel
5:23 $0.99
8. Everybody Loves Me
2:25 album only
9. Somebody's Girl
2:59 $0.99
10. All I Know
4:09 $0.99
11. Didn't Get What I Wanted
3:15 $0.99
12. Waitress
5:09 $0.99
13. Third Traffic Light
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Album Notes
San Francisco-based Gayle Lynn and the Hired Hands have crafted a sound uniquely their own, crossing between genres – from Country to acoustic singer-songwriter folk, with Classic Rock motifs and even a touch of warm ‘jam band’ energy. This album showcases masterful musicianship throughout – nostalgia-tinged pedal steel, ringing guitars, bouncing upright bass, beautiful harmonies and Gayle’s own arrestingly honest songwriting.
On the band’s sophomore full-length, “Twirl Back Home”, Gayle Lynn and the gang transport you to the gritty true heart of living, all with a captivating aura of grace and resolve. The album is a collection of Americana songs that tackle themes including finding love/losing love, dark moments, life-affirming realizations and still-life's of the every-day American. Despite the festive album title, these delicately-crafted tracks are not simply a collection of happy, dancing moments. In reality, there's more "home" to it than "twirl". Bassist and producer Tom Drohan explains, “'Home is what so many of these songs are really about. What is ‘home’ - a place, or is it being grounded and settled with oneself?”
While Gayle’s gifts as a songwriter are undeniably at the fore, “Twirl Back Home” also deftly illustrates the talented musicianship of each member of the Hired Hands. Their arrangements and innate instinct in knowing when to shine and when to shine the spotlight on their leading lady, create the perfect bookend to complement the stellar singing and word craft. Ultimately, the album is a deep dive into the strength of the American spirit, a rousingly immersive journey of human fragility and resilience, a chronicle of against-all-odds triumph over adversity.
Debut single and kick off track, "Beautiful Soul", is a gorgeous Country ballad with swirling guitar lines from Rik Elswit that interplay with pedal steel throughout and Denise Funari’s (Yard Sale) earthy harmonies. About the touching, thought-provoking lyrics, Gayle Lynn explains, “This song came while flying back to California after a Kentucky visit with my family. I remember thinking – Could I let California be my home? It continues looking at common struggles of trying to figure it all out - where to live, what to do, who to be. How to keep up and not become overwhelmed with our non-stop, ‘do it all’ culture.” It ends with a resolve verse – someone has stepped in to say “It’ll be alright, take a break, you are fine”.
Album highlights include the danceable, Country-radio friendly "Twirl", a classic tale of falling for the commitment-incapable person everyone falls for. The scene is a roadside honkytonk. With a quick two-step pace fueling Gayle’s skill at spinning a dramatic yarn, the catchy melody is contagious, intoxicating enough to find even the most cynical person singing along, forgetting they crossed the tracks, leaving the city lights far behind.
Also shining in the mix is "Flames", a heartbreakingly somber autobiographical ballad about loss – specifically, caused by a devastating house fire. The song’s mes-sage warns of knowing the things we cannot control, re-minding us to embrace the things we can: good times with friends, cherished memories, treating others in a kind way. Helping Hand Austin de Lone’s beautiful, moody piano sets a mournful tone, and the jamming interplay of guitar, pedal steel, and piano in the track’s closing minutes is a musical highlight of the album.
Album number “Steel” “just happens to be written for pedal steel – even though it wasn’t”, says Jon Mitguard, the band’s exceptionally-talented pedal steel guitarist. Throughout the album, Mitguard colors Gayle’s journeys through the Americana landscape with emotive steel vistas and a sense of longing and yearning. Other album stand-outs include “Back Home”, a San Francisco-inspired tune for all musicians, artists or entrepreneurs who move out West to chase their dreams. With “Somebody’s Girl”, Gayle Lynn has written a straight-up classic Rock tune with pop-style energy. The crunchy guitar interplay and solos, soaring B-3 organ and female back-up harmonies all add extra punch The incredible classic Country ballad “Wait-ress” is told from the perspective of a woman who’s found herself working a dead-end job, wondering how she got there when at one time it all seemed like everything would fall easily into place. Gayle summoned Elise Engelberg (from Skillet Licorice, and a former Kentucky waitress co-worker of Gayle!) on fiddle to complement the track’s prom-nent steel and deliver a true “country drive” feel. Rik Elswit contributes “Everybody Loves Me” – a tune about new-found fame he wrote and recorded during his tenure with Dr. Hook.
Finally, as this tour-de-force winds down, album closer “Third Traffic Light” explores that all-empowering feeling that life-changing music can conjure up. “Just how does one keep this a part of everyday life?” Gayle seems to ask, as a fading bass solo from Tom Drohan aptly closes out this emotion-fueled American road trip.



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