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Hell Bent for Leather

by Happy Horse Band

High energy arrangements, delicious vocal harmonies and Hollis' earthy voice will have you cruising the highway to the driving beat of the band's most amazing collection of tunes to date. A little country, bit of rock 'n roll and a whole lot of thrilling.
Genre: Country: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hell Bent for Leather
3:30 $0.99
2. Go for Broke
2:51 $0.99
3. At the Track
5:04 $0.99
4. Texas Pie
2:40 $0.99
5. Empty Kitchen Blues
3:07 $0.99
6. Missoula
3:24 $0.99
7. Romeo
4:03 $0.99
8. Female Kind of Mind
4:16 $0.99
9. Graveyard of Memories
3:15 $0.99
10. Last Ride
5:38 $0.99
11. Pearly Gates
4:03 $0.99
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Album Notes
Hollis Wayne's harmonica and earthy lead vocals blast right outta the chute on this concept album. The title track, "Hell Bent For Leather," is the fast and fiery shout of a desperate wild weather ride through a fierce and unexpected Texas spring storm. The frantic feel of imminent danger in a cowboy's nightmare dream will quicken your heart and make you check the horizon for trouble! The rich, complex and energetic sound of Happy Horse Band's latest work surround your mind like a swirling wind dervish, weaving musical pictures in the vibrant instrumental colors of screaming violins and harmonicas, throaty guitars, sensuous saxophones, pounding piano and tasty percussion, overlaid with the quartet's luscious vocal harmonies. They whip off, laughing, into another direction as the lyrical adventure stories grow and change.

Hollis' new songs and DB Rouse's paen to life on the road via way of Missoula, Austin and Wisconsin, testify to the loving work and attention to detail that the Happy Horse Band (Hollis and DB Rouse, John Warner Dunn, Pete Langhans and a stellar assortment of returning and new guest artists: DrD, Niamh Fahy, Matt Kelly, Bobby Dabbs, Bob Landgraff, poured into two years of time creating "Hell Bent For Leather," the 3rd CD in the Happy Horse Trilogy. It's been a long, strange trip! The joy of the musicians is audible in this engaging music; there is a brightness and newness here that is rarely heard in a commercial world.

The Happy Horse Band has traveled far from its campfire beginnings in 2006, riding ever further into a cosmic expression of the lyrics and melodies that gallop through the heart and mind of Hollis Wayne, a life-long street and Renaissance Faire artist who turned to songwriting and music as a path to move her art forward. She draws her creative energy from the mythical and dynamic relationship between horse and rider, and their interaction with the challenges inherent in living an outdoor life.

The weather is always a great metaphor for what life unexpectedly throws down in our path, but in this case it's an actual true ridin'-out-on-the-trail survival story! Later, there is a rollick from the back porch of a family feast ("Texas Pie") to the excitement of "Go For Broke" and watching the horses run their hearts out "At the Track." Seasons pass and times change, and the fun and adventure give way to the plaintive solitary percussion that opens "Empty Kitchen Blues," a sonic narrative of a deserted life. Dreaming of a sweetheart and times gone by, "Romeo" takes the train to Montana and finds a life mission and family. "Female Kinda Mind" puts the blues back in the groove of trouble headed this way and "Graveyard of Memories", with its evocative Spanish guitar, confronts the dissolution of a relationship. The final track, "Pearly Gates," confronts the inevitable and ultimate boogeyman with a powerful cry of, "Ain't my time to be gone from here!"

The original music, harmonies and orchestral instrumentation created by Hollis Wayne and the Happy Horse Band, guided again by producer, friend and mentor Darrell "Dr. D" Vernum and painstakingly tracked at Orb Recording Studio in Austin, Texas, creates a solid concept album from start to finish. It's a Wild Weather Ride through some sweet and stormy weather, and it'll take y'all right to the Pearly Gates! The ballads eddy into splashing pools of sound and the listener is invited to contemplate our mental, physical and spiritual journey through day to day adventures. This music MOVES, and it will move you. Turn it on, TURN IT UP, tune it in and let 'er rip!



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