Andrew Hoover
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Andrew Hoover

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"Hoover Goddamn! Fairfied blooz child Andrew Hoover hears a Wolf at the door."

If you have the means, do yourself a favor before reading this: go to YouTube, type "Andrew Hoover" into the search engine and play the first video that pops up, for his song "Come On." If you don't have access, let me tell you that you are missing something. Twenty-year-old Fairfield native Hoover performs like a man possessed.

I was suspicious at first. Some of the qualities Hoover exhibits in his music and outlook were a little too close to those of the dreaded (in my world) jam band. I'm never listening to music just because the artist is "talented." Having talent and knowing how to use it are two different things. I need the song (at least) and the record (hopefully) to become larger than the sum of the gifted performer. That's where most jam bands fail. I hear some good pieces and yet the whole doesn't bring me anywhere. .

Hoover started out learning the Dave Matthews catalogue. Ouch. On second thought— probably not a bad place at all to start, as long as one can move on. "My real start came when I was 14 or 15," Hoover says. "I was head over heels with culinary arts and wanted nothing to do with anything other than the professional kitchen. My sister suggested I start learning the guitar; she thought it would be a great way to make new friends. I was a huge Dave Matthews fan. Since then, that craving has subsided."

Well, what Matthews inspired is good for Fairfield County. Next on the listening list came Otis Redding, Martin Sexton, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder ("Every song Stevie writes is a hit") and Raul Midon ("Much of my R&B meets flamenco guitar style is modeled after Raul's"). "From the beginning of my musical education to the current day, my influences have no resemblance. Similarly, the music I create today has zero resemblance of what I created four years ago."

It's all helped Hoover develop his own style, though it is surprising he doesn't mention what, to me, is the most obvious influence: Howlin' Wolf. I don't say this lightly. Hoover sings like he is a 70-year-old black man who has been smoking since smacking down on the delivery table. Still, he says, "I hate listening to recordings of myself. I think the semi-gruffness of my voice comes from vocal abuse, as I sing an unhealthy amount a day."

Hoover self-categorizes his music into the Nu-Blues genre, a move I give him some grief about. He sticks to his guns. "I try to make my sound have layers and Nu-Blues is simply a word that puts all my musical influences under one roof, a roof that is less cumbersome than having to name all compatible genres." Pushed, his retort is firm and funny. "I don't believe I am painting myself into a corner. I've always wanted to be a painter though."

His Lonesome Soulhouette album starts impressively, with "Soul Sucker." From the beginning, his masterly guitar playing hypnotizes. His fingers are all over the fretboard and harmonics pop in and out in a way that showcase Hoover's ear for melody. This may be his surprise strength. There are plenty of dudes in flip-flops who have played acoustic guitar for some time and can pull off a passing Tim Reynolds impression for the drunks at the barbeque. Hoover surpasses that via his innate ability to make a song compelling.

He does so by working within certain parameters, foregoing keyboards, hip-hop or dance beats, obscure lyrics, distortion, or a backing band, which could and maybe should make him dull. It doesn't. Lonesome Soulhouette was one of my favorite records of last year.

"The song tends to come when the song wants to come. Sometimes I feel I'm just the receiver," he says when questioned about his writing process. He seems utterly genuine. When complimented, he appears sincerely shocked. He sounds and looks like the sort of artist who would be doing what he's doing even if no one at all were watching. Let's keep an eye on him anyway.

- Fairfield County Weekly---by Jill LaBrack


"Lonesome Soulhouette" (2007)



Hailing from Fairfield, Connecticut, singer/songwriter/guitarist Andrew Hoover has delved into the music industry bringing his act through the Eastern and Midwestern portion of The States. Although Andrew doesn’t particularly like to categorize his music, his music fits under Nu-Blues--a fresh genre which inherently combines soul, R&B, blues and a touch of pop creating an all embracing style. What makes this style so innovative is his unique R&B guitar style which is driven by a percussive, slap technique with minute hints of flamenco. His vocals are energetically soul-inspired and his lyrics are magnetic with soul and blues insight. Although Andrew takes his cues from his musical heroes including but not limited to Martin Sexton, Raul Midon, Marc Broussard, Ray LaMontagne, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Smokie Norful and Keller Williams; his originality is still profoundly apparent. Furthermore, his wide range of influences is evident in his unique and varied repertoire and endearing performances. In the fall of 2006, Andrew was a finalist in Charlottesville, Virginia's "First Amendment Rights" song competition. There he was judged by the honorable music industry executive Bruce Flohr (RCA/ATO records) as well as Boyd Tinsley (Dave Matthews Band). In the spring of 2006 Andrew was the finalist in the Acoustic Infusion Original Songwriting Contest, an event sponsored by Z-93, the 1 rock station in Dayton, Ohio. He was invited to play on the station's morning show where he was interviewed followed by a live performance of one of his original song’s entitled “Half Eaten Moon”. Recently, Andrew has self released his first EP entitled Lonesome Soulhouette as well as shared the stage with Tim Reynolds—whose fame emanates from his extraordinaire musicianship and his duo performances with Dave Matthews. Andrew has also shared the stage with artists such as Dave Barnes (Razor & Tie Records), Dirtie Blonde (Jive Records), the Alternate Routes (Vanguard Records) and Kate Voegele (Myspace Records).