Roger Hoover is a Southern-born, Ohio-raised singer songwriter whose plaintive brand of songs 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.
“This album is an expression of the frustration that comes when you feel as though you’re being beaten down, but also an expression of hope and optimism that permeates the Midwest. This feeling that, ‘Times are hard tonight, but they won’t be in the morning.’”
With Pastures – his sixth collection of original songs – Roger Hoover gives us a haunting collection of sublimely rendered ballads, like the revenant of a place that once existed.
A fearless songwriter, Hoover who distills the experiences of an American wanderer into songs that illuminate the ethereal worlds and promise within each of us. The darkness underlying Hoover’s compositions manifest itself as songs exploring mysterious religiosity of a swirling Depression-era dust storm, as the harsh North Dakota wilderness and of finding work there, the yearning for quiet places far from humanity, Saint John’s contemplative life and brotherhood, and one man’s gratitude for love and the potential inside all of us to change our landscape, songs that playwright Tyler Whidden says, “howl with the voices of the disenfranchised and heartbroken whose ghosts hang like shadows.” Even in the most desperate times, there is a blush of hope, a glimmer of promise.
In a series of songs to lovers, friends, and family, Hoover weaves together diverse strands of experience, wilderness, love, work and wisdom, into a collection of songs that explores man’s relationship with himself, with nature, and with women. Roger Hoover will release Pastures on October 7 via Last Chance Records.
Press Quotes for Pastures
“Roger Hoover says the secret to good songwriting is “blending observation with experience.” He does so masterfully on his new project, Pastures, which is as close to a John Prine record as it gets.” – Isthmus
“It’s the kind of record where you can hear a chair squeak over the softly picked acoustic guitar and vocals and it sounds just right. There’s some early Dylan here, some James McMurtry there and a whole lot of Hoover’s well-worn, rust-belt Americana…It’ll give you goosebumps.” – Arkansas Gazette
“Roger Hoover is as close to poet as he is raconteur…a songwriter with Raymond Carver’s observation and Kris Kristofferson’s ear for poetry.” – No Depression
“Pastures’ thoughtful meanderings take listeners through a map of contemplative, everyman’s observations in the vein of music history’s best storytellers.” – Paste Magazine
“If you’re looking for a new take on the classic, personal singer/songwriter set where you feel like you know the cat when the music is done, this cat captures that lightening in this bottle. Well done.” Midwest Record
“Eleven gorgeous tracks with a lyrical expression of hope and optimism through tough times…a talent for turning observation into poetry.” – Minkin’s Music
Press Quotes for Jukebox Manifesto
“Hoover’s electric tenor is as captivating as the words he sings — he whispers with the same urgency as he screams, while sweating out dirty slide guitar solos plucked right out of the Mississippi River.” – St. Louis Gazette
“It’s three yards and a cloud of dust as Hoover rips through songs.” – No Depression
“Hoover’s stories make for tales as visually depictive as they are audibly wrenching.” – St. Louis Gazette
“He sounds as if he grew up in a backwoods Tennessee family that worshiped at a racially diverse gospel church.” – Cleveland Scene
“[Hoover’s voice] quakes like something recorded after a long night of drinking rotgut with Tom Waits. And Waits would no doubt find good company in the Akron troubadour. ” – Cleveland Scene
“Country blues that sounds like John Fogerty fronting the Black Keys” – Cleveland Free Times
“Whatever demons have held him back, they haven’t taken the edge off his raw blues/folk-based songwriting and mournful, battered vocals.” – Cool Cleveland
Roger Hoover has toured and/or recorded with many of the top names in the industry, including Hayes Carll, Shovels & Rope, Cory Branan, Lucero, Charlie Parr, J. Roddy Walston, and more. Hoover is the recipient of numerous Best Americana, Best Songwriter, and Best Guitarist awards from the likes of Cleveland Magazine, Cleveland Scene, and Free Times. In 2012 the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives invited Hoover to donate his original manuscripts into their archives.