Brian Hendrix

Brian Hendrix still writes the old songs that Townes Van Zandt inspired in him. Catchy enough for the modern country audience, but meaningful and poignant as the lyrics that shaped an entire genre.

 

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I never could sleep well. Even as a kid, I'd just toss and turn. Not sure what it is. So last night I'm struggling to sleep, and wondering if I should click on YouTube for some "tips to help you sleep" type of deal. I thought, well, as long as it helps you sleep. So this song popped into my mind. This isn't a true story for me, though is for a ton of people. It's a genderless song that could apply to men or women. For me, I'd never swallow it up like the guy in this song. I'd call her out quick! The real me is about that reckoning. Songwriter me is more magnanimous.
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Another western song I wrote. Typically I write about outlaws and the suchlike, but this one's about a bounty hunter nicknamed "The Judge." I was going to write a very, very long song, about seven verses or so, explaining his real name, where he grew up, etc. Though I think I'd like to make a series of songs about The Judge. We'll see how it goes. This one's very catchy.
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A lot of emphasis is placed on girls and guys meeting each other the "right" way now in our overly PC culture. I don't know anything about all of that; all I know is that people are never going to become close and fall in love if they never meet. So meet people how you want, where you want. As long as you respect other people, don't let anyone tell you what to do. This is a song about two people meeting in a bar and hitting it off. Soft, light, and most importantly, it's a true story for countless people.
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A song I started writing many years ago. Dug it up in a very old .doc file, figured I'd try to touch it up and finish it. Being frank, I doubt this is one that'd ever strike it #1, though it's a strong track for any country or folk album. This is one of those songs that actually has quite a lot to say in very few words. I'm happy and proud with how it turned out. The last verse is my favorite, though it'll just read as XXXXX here. Though if anyone likes the first few verses, the last one is the strongest. It says the most metaphorically in the least amount of words. That's what songwriting's supposed to do, I guess. I like it enough to include it here. Plus, this is the way many men feel. Women with their contradictory nature at times... it can get -- well, let's just say "odd."
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I was driving up the mountain to visit my brother and I remarked to my mother who was driving that the air must have dropped about 20 degrees halfway up. It was very chilly, and I guess this song sorta floated in on the wind, as the entire time at my brother's house I was looking to write this chorus down before I forgot it. The rest of the song built around that, and I'm really thrilled about the final result and how this came out in the end. This is a situation a lot of rural/southern people go through. People close to us don't feel stuck to the land; they feel drawn to the big city. We often wish they'd come on home, where they belong.
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