Tour History: Roger Hoover has toured since 2001 as a member of the Whiskeyhounds, Magpies and as a solo performer. He has perfomed alongside Hayes Carll, Cory Branan, Lucero, Band of Heathens, Shovel & Rope, Todd Snider, and many others.
Roger Hoover is a natural storyteller in the same vein as luminaries Tom Waits, Gillian Welch & Barry Hannah. Hoover weaves stories into all forms of the Americana idiom. These songs are often punctuated with his signature slide guitar – a ‘Frankenstein’ Fender Telecaster and Craftsman socket. Hoover has been touring and recording since the Whiskeyhounds’ 2001 record “Golden Gloves.” Subsequent records (Panic Blues, Jukebox Manifesto, Eastern Standard Time, Strangers & Live at White Water Tavern) established Hoover as one of the finest Americana songwriters and slide guitarists of his generation.
The Hurt, comprised of drummer/percussionist Eric Baltrinic, guitarist Daniel Holmes and upright/electric bassist Kevin Martinez, contribute enormously to Hoover’s vision with a wealth of musical knowledge. Together they create a sonic story that guides the listener through common themes like redemption, loss and love from within all genres that form the Americana idiom. Live shows are energetic, raw and dynamic with a strong focus on the lyrical content.
For the past 10 years, Roger Hoover has established himself as one of the area's top Americana singer-songwriters.” – Cleveland Scene
Jukebox Manifesto,” [is] one of the finest roots records since Ryan Adams’ “Heartbreaker” or Gillian Welch’s “Time: The Revelator.” - Arkansas Times
...profound lyrics that reveal a challenge to set ways of thinking." - Akron Empire
...it’s three yards and a cloud of dust as Hoover rips through songs like “Eastern Standard Time”, “Girl’s Got A Hold on Me”, and title track [Lay My Ritual's Down]...Hoover shines as a great storyteller on “Full Force Gale” and lays down some beautiful solo guitar work on the closing ballad ‘Nearness of You”. - No Depression