Slap Style Acoustic Guitarist ANDREW HOOVER to Release Debut September 22
Posted by Michael Mueller on July 16, 2009 at 12:24 PM
Twenty-one-year-old self-taught, slap-style guitarist Andrew Hoover will be releasing his full-band debut album, Chances, Stances & Romances, on September 22nd on Rock Ridge Music. The Connecticut-based performer signed with Rock Ridge Music in 2008, and hit the studio with label President Jason Spiewak in New York City to record his full-length debut. In addition to the NYC sessions, Andrew traveled south to work with Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down fame at his Rivergate Studios in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
"I am very grateful everything Rock Ridge Music has done with me thus far," says Hoover, "The journey is a long one, but working with people like Jason Spiewak and [label CEO] Tom Derr makes me feel that a successful journey in the music industry is possible. Jason made the recording process for Chances, Stances & Romances comfortable and inspiring. I went into the studio every day knowing exactly what it is I wanted and needed to accomplish. So much of my energy when I perform comes from the thrill of playing in front of people. Jason made sure that the energy you see with me onstage was captured and then transferred to tape."
After originally wanting to be a chef and apprenticing at four-star restaurants, Hoover discovered his passion for playing music in high school. By the time he was in college, Hoover realized that making music was what he really wanted to do full time. "I wanted to write songs and be a musician and make a living at it," he says. By the time his sophomore year wound down, he quit school, with his parents' blessing, to follow his dream of making music full time.
Hoover, who takes his cues from a variety of his heroes including but not limited to Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Marc Broussard, Ray LaMontagne, and Raul Midon, recorded his first EP in his garage and self-released it in 2007. Hoover then mapped out and booked his own tour, which took him from Maine down to Florida and west to Chicago, hitting all points in between. A second solo acoustic EP soon followed to stoke his growing fan base. He then caught the attention of Rock Ridge Music through the new "old-fashioned way" of MySpace outreach to fans of comparable artists. A Rock Ridge staffer, Carly Kent, received one of Andrew's messages and caught a live show in New York. Blown away by what she saw, Kent passed along Andrew's demo to label President Jason Spiewak.
He will be touring throughout 2009 and 2010 in support of his debut release, building on a touring history that already includes previous performances in support of Sister Hazel, Elliott Yamin, Tim Reynolds, Dave Barnes, Ernie Halter, Ari Hest, the Alternate Routes, and Kate Voegele.