Hot Apple Pie

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Hot Apple Pie
OriginUnited States
Years active2002–2008
LabelsDreamWorks Nashville, MCA Nashville
Past membersKeith Horne
Trey Landry
Mark "Sparky" Matejka
Kevin Ray
Brady Seals

Hot Apple Pie was an American country music band founded in 2002 by Brady Seals (lead vocals), Keith Horne (bass guitar), Trey Landry (drums), and Mark "Sparky" Matejka (guitar). Matjeka was replaced in 2006 by Kevin Ray. Seals was initially co-lead vocalist and keyboardist in the band Little Texas until 1994. Between then and 2002, he recorded three studio albums, including two for Warner Bros. Records. Signed to DreamWorks Records Nashville in 2005, Hot Apple Pie released its self-titled debut album that year. This album produced three chart singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the No. 26-peaking "Hillbillies."


Brady Seals was a keyboardist and co-lead vocalist (alongside Tim Rushlow) in the country band Little Texas until late 1994, when he left in pursuit of a solo career.[1] Between then and the early 2000s, Seals recorded three albums, and charted six singles on the country charts.

After deciding that his solo career was not proving successful, Seals opted to form a second band. Guitarist Mark "Sparky" Matejka and drummer Trey Landry, both of whom had backed Seals during his solo career, were recruited, with bass guitarist Keith Horne completing the lineup.[2] These three musicians all had experience prior to the band's foundation. Matejka had played for Sons of the Desert and Charlie Daniels; Landry, for Rodney Crowell and Suzy Bogguss; and Horne, for Waylon Jennings.[2]

First album[edit]

In 2005, Hot Apple Pie signed to DreamWorks Records' Nashville division.[1] That year, they released its debut album, also entitled Hot Apple Pie. It produced three singles, all of which charted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts: "Hillbillies", "We're Makin' Up" and "Easy Does It."[3] Due to the dissolution of DreamWorks Records in late 2005, these latter two singles were issued on MCA Nashville. The band exited this label in 2006, the same year that Matejka left to join the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.[4] Kevin Ray took Matjeka's place in 2006. Seals released another solo album in mid-2009.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
US Country
Hot Apple Pie 6 60


Year Single Peak chart
US Country
US Bubbling
2005 "Hillbillies" 26 22 Hot Apple Pie
"We're Makin' Up" 54
2006 "Easy Does It" 50
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2005 "Hillbillies"[8] Philip Andelman
"We're Makin' Up"[9]
2006 "Easy Does It"[10] Philip Andelman


  1. ^ a b Monger, James Christopher. "Hot Apple Pie biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-04-04.
  2. ^ a b Morris, Edward. "Hot Apple Pie Leaves the Oven". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2008-04-04.
  3. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 194. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  4. ^ "Lynyrd Skynyrd hope to team up with George Jones". The Rock Radio. 2006-06-14. Retrieved 2008-04-04.
  5. ^ "Hot Apple Pie Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved September 5, 2010.
  6. ^ "Hot Apple Pie Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved September 5, 2010.
  7. ^ "Hot Apple Pie Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved September 5, 2010.
  8. ^ "CMT : Videos : Hot Apple Pie : Hillbillies". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 5, 2010.
  9. ^ "CMT : Videos : Hot Apple Pie : We're Making Up". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
  10. ^ "CMT : Videos : Hot Apple Pie : We're Making Up". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 27, 2012.