Julie Hoest | Never Far

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Never Far

by Julie Hoest

Contemporary folk and blues
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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1. Oceans of Sand
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2. On the Other Side
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3. Aoibhinn Cronan/Will You Come Find Me
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4. Tomorrow Night
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5. Since You've Been Gone
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6. I'm Coming Home
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7. I Belong Here
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8. I'm a Stranger Here
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9. Walk Beside Me
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10. Step It Up and Go
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11. Slow Train Through Georgia
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Album Notes
Julie Hoest is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who has been performing in Colorado and nationally since the 1980s. Her powerful fingerpicking guitar work accompanies a strong and tender voice in the style of contemporary folk and blues.
In addition to opening shows for a number of national and international artists, Julie has graced the stages at numerous festivals around the country. She is also a member of the legendary Mother Folkers.

Growing up on Long Island, Julie was taught how to play the guitar by her father who sat around the table after dinner singing songs of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. Other influences range from the early blues pickers of the ‘30s and ‘40s and jazz singers such as Ella, to present-day artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Tim O’Brien, Bruce Cockburn, Joni Mitchell, and Richard Thompson.

After taking a bit of a hiatus from the music scene, Julie is back in full force and has recorded her third CD titled "Never Far". In addition to five original tunes, she lends her own style to cover some of her favorite songs. Guest appearances on the recording include John Magnie playing soulful piano and accordian, Mollie O'Brien lending her fabulous vocals, and Mary Stribling playing her extraordinary style of pitch-perfect acoustic bass.

“…That rare mix of compositional, singing, and picking chops…” Todd Ellison, Acoustic Guitar

“…Wonderful singer/songwriter…Superb guitar work…Hoest’s vocals really connect.” Nicki De, Victory Review

“Julie Hoest hits the spot for a reality splash of folk music…Stellar guitarist as well as lovely vocalist, her songs are introspective and uplifting.” Three Rivers Folklife Society

“Julie has a strong, pitch-perfect, flexible blues-inflected voice and plays one mean guitar...” Christine Lavin


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Rick Calhoun

close at heart
I’ve been struggling with this review for a while now, and I still don’t know that I’ve got it right. How can I put in words what Never Far is like?
The usual suspects: Julie Hoest is blessed with a remarkable voice, which she uses masterfully. Her harmonizing with Molly O’Brien (a name spoken with special respect by those who know) is a match made in heaven. Julie is a superb guitarist, and she demonstrates her ability with many styles here. She has chosen some excellent songs to record. Some she wrote, some she didn’t; some old, some not so old – unless you know, it’s hard to tell which is which, they are all of the same high quality. Full disclosure that Norman Blake is my long-time hero. His Slow Train Through Georgia is here, done to perfection, although I have a hard time picturing Julie Hoest as a ‘fair weather bum’. She has picked some of the best musicians around to collaborate with her – an interesting mix of instruments, all carefully matched to the music at hand.
All these things are true, but there’s more to it, and that’s why I struggle. There is the beauty of economy of motion here. There are no extra notes, no waste; nothing is missing either. Every note is just what is needed, exactly at the right place – no pyrotechnics, no pretense, no short cuts. Maybe it’s the directness, the honesty. Each track is like a letter from an old friend, reminding me of a shared experience I had forgotten; like looking through my high school yearbook. The music - all of it - simply and purely reaches out from Julie’s heart to mine, and I get it somehow, and it’s wonderful. Maybe you’ll get it, too, maybe not. I hope you do.