I recently performed at the Massillon Museum in Massillon, Ohio as part of the Big Read series to promote literacy. I was asked to perform and also to discuss the impact literature has on music and songwriting. This following is a brief summary of that lecture and some reading recommendations.
So you think you might be interested in hosting a house concert. It’s good, then, that your first question is: Um, what the hell exactly is a house concert, anyway?
Over the years, in the moments when my creative well has run dry, something I consistently turn to for inspiration is John & Alan Lomax’s priceless collection of folk songs anthologized in American Ballads and Folk Songs (1934).
Roger Hoover has written songs spanning five records that explore the dark underbelly of American life through melding early American folk, country & blues accompanied by backing bands like the Whiskeyhounds, Magpies, and, lately, The Hurt.
Ohio songwriter and guitarist Roger Hoover’s plaintive, original brand of arcane folk and blues seem to come from some unknown time and place. These are timeless laments and rambles of a songwriting guitarist and banjo player with one foot in the past and the other in the now.
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