Roger Hoover

About Roger Hoover

Roger Hoover’s plaintive brand of arcane folk and blues seem to come from some unknown time and place. These are timeless laments and rambles of a guitarist and banjo player who performs with equal parts impassioned vocals and honest, heartfelt lyricism.

Summoning the spirits of a forgotten time, “his settings are a combination of words and music that evokes thought and action with the cinematic imagination of Tom Waits and Gillian Welch, crafting songs with a lyrical complexity seldom attained by artists in the Americana genre.”

Upon first listen, Hoover’s handcrafted songs could be mistaken for a long-lost, rediscovered Paramount 78. Whereas those early American songsters wrote about Jesse James & John Henry, Hoover creates a new, vivid mythology from stories heard first hand from a myriad of forlorn characters he meets in real life.

Roger Hoover performing at the GAR Hall in Peninsula Ohio.

In 2015 Roger Hoover formed Pastures of Plenty, a music series that strives to educate people on the importance of American folk music by performing songs from the Smithsonian Folkways collection. Other highlights include: a 3-week tour throughout the American South; performances with Charlie Parr, Chuck Prophet, Lowest Pair, and Malcolm Holcomb; generated funding through a successful Kickstarter for a 2016 release and tour.