Dave Hoffheimer Band – This & That
The fifth album from the Dave Hoffheimer Band is a cleaner, more traditional sound. Still heavy on the guitars, but with a refined old-school feel. Memorable guitar riffs that harmonize with the bass lines (tracked by Chris Derfler who played in lemondrop with Dave) and background piano carry most of the songs. Some funky grooves include Messed Up and No Control, while Long Way Home provides a slow, sexy trip down Lonely Street. In a slight departure, Here Comes Trouble moves in a jazzy direction with the upright bass, but stays in the blues with guitar riffs galore.
The Dave Hoffheimer Band is best known for their house rockin' blues (listen to the King Pin & Less Is More CDs) like Roll Away and Scratched My Itch, though the clean, standard sound has taken over in this collection of outstanding songs. The addition of a clav on Shakin' Her Finger and minimal slide on Lonesome Road really round out this band.
The backing vocals by Stacey and Courtney are perfect. They swing and taunt throughout the whole album. You can see them sway back and forth as they put the finishing touches on new dimensions in their vocal tracks.
While spending New Year's at Buddy Guy's Legends with Magic Slim, John Primer, and Buddy Guy, Dave traded CDs with them. Magic Slim told Dave he was going to record some of his songs. Dave wrote Roll Away to honor Magic Slim.
While most of the Dave Hoffheimer Band music is heard on European airwaves, expect this album to break into Chicago, Memphis, and New Orleans radio. These guys are based in the Mid West, and play most of their shows in that area, but are definitely heading down south in this summer's tour plans.
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Less Is More
The second effort from the Dave Hoffheimer Band is heavy on guitars. This album is full of riffs, solos, and breakdowns. From the opening You Rock My House and the traditional Rollin’ to the horn stabs in Not About Pride, this is what fans have been waiting for from the house-rockin’ Dave Hoffheimer Band.
The title stems from a garage-days comment made by a critic who remains creditless. He asked if he could lend some advice, and always open to new ideas, Dave accepted. The critic told Dave, “Less is more.” He then went into twenty minutes of too much time on solos, too many pedals, too much volume… As Dave sat in the park listening, he asked his new-found critic, “So, how would you play it?” The response was, “Well, I don’t actually play…” Ahhh, with a roll of the eyes, Less Is More was born.
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Half the Truth
This album has a heavier side to it. All roots based in the blues, the guitars broadened their language, and traveled into what some would say is a darker commercial side. While Dave would argue that is not all bad, it is not where this album was intended to go. The Dave Hoffheimer Band is a tight sound that is capable of many genres.
They maintain the blues is where they anchor themselves, however, the rock & roll side does live and breathe in the band. Smiles & Lies and You Can’t reside on the more commercial side, while Dust My Room and Half the Truth return to the blues in its truest forms. All songs inbetween, including How I’m Gonna Make It, Sugar Mama, and Speak Easy, to the very dark Bluest Blues, complete this top-notch collection of tunes from the Dave Hoffheimer Band.
Live performances are limited right now as this music is being licensed for independent film use. Available on iTunes, DigStation, Amazon, and CDBaby.
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