Did you ever stop to think about the stupid amounts of awesome music coming from Ohio? If not, you really should because there is something in the Ohio water that makes rock stars out of their kids. Check out Two Cow Garage to see what I am saying. Sharing the same hometown as The Black Keys, Akron residents Roger Hoover (vocals, guitar) and his Whiskeyhounds; Freddy Hill (lap steel, guitar), Dave McKean (drums), Justin Gorski (keyboards, accordion), and Adam Simms (bass) got their water with a vintage rock twist. The first time I heard Roger Hoover I kept thinking “I can’t wait for my dad to hear these guys“. The next time I saw him after dropping off a cd to him, it was just as I had expected; “The Roger Hoover fella is pretty good.” and that’s pretty high praise.
Sounding uncannily like David Gray of Marshall Tucker Band greatness, Roger Hoover sings songs that sound as though they could have been written long before his time. Much like I felt when I wrote about Backyard Tire Fire, the songs these guys write would have fit right into the Capricorn Records catalog perfectly. While most of the time they posses a decidedly southern rock sound they aren’t afraid to let their primal blues side out for a track or two here and there. These guys are definitely a band on the rise. Reportedly recording their, as of yet untitled, new cd with Levon Helm of The Band. A move which may help them make the step from lovable little band to critical/blogger mammoths.
If their first few releases have shown us anything it is that Roger Hoover and the Whiskeyhounds are capable of being in this game for the long haul. With mature songs that have a sound and texture that belies the bands relative youth these guys have nowhere to go but up. Coupled with Roger’s songwriting and ability to express his personal struggles and ideology literately through songs and you should have lightning in a bottle.