Don't Let Me Hold Back
You Do More
Every Little Word
Reno to Ruin
Lay It On Me
Yesterday's Girl
Friends with Benefits


About the Hinges

The Loose Hinges are from Nashville, Tennessee. The three members are singer-songwriters and their music is rock with underpinnings of country or bluegrass, something that allows for a twang and quirkiness and a certain irreverence along with a soulfulness, something that can seep into dreams and memories and disillusions along with something that asks and hopes for now and its possibilities and circumstances. Their music is melodic and accessible and often tells a story, and they seem at home playing to a noisy crowd in a bar, playing to an almost empty house after traveling a couple hundred miles to get to the gig, and playing among friends around a bonfire.

Eliot Houser grew up in San Antonio, Texas. When he was twelve, he was moved to a new school where he didn’t know anybody and he didn’t have any friends, and needing an outlet, he asked his parents that Christmas for a guitar. It was a terrible guitar. The next Christmas he asked for another guitar, and the new guitar was much easier to play, and he realized that guitars aren’t supposed to be hard to play. Drawn in large part by the music scene, he came to Nashville in 1985 to study at Vanderbilt, and after graduating, began focusing in earnest on music and writing songs, playing with bands such as Heavywood Brand, Ned Van Go, and Fugitive Glue.

Kris McCarthy was born in Clarksville, Tennessee, and has lived in the area all her life. She had a background in singing, particularly in musical theater, but she had just started playing guitar when she met Eliot, learning chords from an old Beatles book a friend had given her. When Kris and Eliot married, Kris did not consider herself a musician, but when the two had kids and moved to the country and the isolation quieted their daily life, Kris picked up the guitar again and started to sing again and started to write songs. And Eliot heard her and started to listen and started to ask questions and make suggestions, and the two began working together. The two began recording under the name The Loose Hinges.

Ron Gomez grew up in Southern California. His older brother played guitar and started getting in bands. There might be a drummer and a couple guitar players, but the bands never had a bass player. Ron had to get good quick if he wanted to play, and he did. When he was fourteen and fifteen, he was playing in bands with guys a decade or more older. As an adult, he had reached a place where he was making a significant amount of his income playing music, but a lot of the music he didn’t care for. He made two decisions: to move to Nashville, where, he says, he had found his tribe, and to only play music he loves, whether he gets paid for it or not. After many years of crossing paths, Ron started to play with Kris and Eliot and became the bassist for the Loose Hinges.

Live in the Living Room was originally conceived as a video shoot of maybe two or three songs to take place in a barn on Kris and Eliot’s property, but it was very cold in Nashville the day of the shoot; so we set up in the living room, and the Loose Hinges just started to play. This video EP includes two acoustic sets. The first four songs were recorded in the afternoon with Ron, Kris, and Eliot; and the last three songs were recorded later that night with Kris and Eliot.

And we’re still thinking about doing something in the barn sometime soon.

William Sidney Parker & Robert Kotchen



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