Roger Hoover

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File:Roger Hoover & The Hurt, in residency at the historic Venice Café in downtown Kent, Ohio (2014)- 2014-04-14 23-46.jpg
Roger Hoover & The Hurt, in residency at the historic Venice Café in downtown Kent, Ohio (2014).
Roger Hoover
Born (1978-12-07) December 7, 1978 (age 42)
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
Origin Akron, Ohio
Genres Americana, blues, folk
Occupation(s) Songwriter, guitarist, singer
Years active 2001–present
Labels Hayfever Records
Bandaloop Records
Last Chance Records
Notable instruments
Slide guitar

Roger Hoover (born December 7, 1978) is a folk singer, songwriter and guitarist from Akron, Ohio. He has been backed by the Whiskeyhounds, the Magpies and the Hurt.


Roger Hoover first gained prominence in the early 2000s as the songwriter, singer, and guitarist of the Whiskeyhounds. His first collection of songs, Golden Gloves was released in 2001 on Hayfever Records.

Panic Blues was picked up in 2003 by Columbus, Ohio based Bandaloop Records. Upon release from Bandaloop Records in 2005 drummer Dave McKean (GC5) and bassist Doug McKean (GC5) were added and began recording a follow up to Panic Blues. Doug McKean was replaced by Chris Yohn in January 2006.

Jukebox Manifesto (self-released) was released in 2006. Engineered and produced by Ryan Foltz (Dropkick Murphys) Jukebox Manifesto captures Roger Hoover with his live band, the Whiskeyhounds, in usual raucous form. Featuring lap steel (Freddy Hill), accordion/keyboards (Justin Gorski), and violin (Chris Yohn), Jukebox Manifesto received critical acclaim. According to Arkansas Times, Jukebox Manifesto was "one of the finest roots records since Ryan Adams' “Heartbreaker” or Gillian Welch's “Time: The Revelator.”[1]

Roger Hoover then released Eastern Standard Time in 2009, Strangers, a collection of earlier recorded material, both produced and engineered again by Ryan Foltz. Last Chance Records released Live at the White Water Tavern (2011) featuring Hoover backed by the Magpies.

Hoover assembled a backing band known as 'The Hurt' (Kevin Walters- Bass, BJ Barbieri - Drums, Daniel Holmes - Guitar) and Hoover released "Lay My Rituals Down," the much anticipated follow-up to Eastern Standard Time in 2012.



  • Golden Gloves (2001) as Roger Hoover & The Whiskeyhounds
  • Panic Blues (2003) as Roger Hoover & The Whiskeyhounds
  • Jukebox Manifesto (2006) as Roger Hoover & The Whiskeyhounds
  • Eastern Standard Time (2009) as The Magpies
  • Strangers (2010) as The Magpies
  • Live at White Water Tavern (2011) as Roger Hoover & the Magpies
  • Lay My Rituals Down (2012) as Roger Hoover & the Hurt


  • Jukebox Manifesto Demos (2004)


  1. Clement, Davis. "America, meet your roots". Arkansas Times. Retrieved 2015-06-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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