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BLUES FARM PRESS


The opener on the Blues Farm CD, “Ball and Chain,” has a slow, moody, funky backdrop with some terrific understated guitar work. “Know Who You Are” is more upbeat, almost blues/rock with Hovey’s ragged but right guitar, and features some tasty harmonica from Andy Blumenthal and keyboards from Tom Gary. “Soda Pop Girl” is a gentle swinger about a girl who drives our protagonist around town while he drinks, and “Patchouli” is highlighted by Hovey’s stinging guitar fills.
Other highlights include the atmospheric “Runnin’ With A Full Moon,” the jazzy workout, “Fight That Monkey,” “Missing Part,” and the guitar-driven shuffle, “I’m Through.” Hovey’s a fine guitarist and his vocals are solid and suit the material well, and he gets excellent support from Blumenthal (harmonica), Gary (keys), Jeff Foreman (drums), Dan Lodden (bass), and Heather Kelly (vocals). This is a pretty solid set of Midwest blues that will please most blues fans.
Graham Clarke / Blues Bytes / MS, USA


Erick Hovey • BLUES FARM • Self released
Low down and dirty; blues played as it was originally intended to sound like
Based in the wonderfully named Fort Dodge in Iowa, Erick Hovey learnt the basic blues scale when he was only eight years old. Erick has improved on this in such a stupendous way that this album makes you wonder why you haven’t come across his name before? Out of these dozen tunes, the delightful Patchouli certainly grabbed my attention. It is songs like this which make you yearn for an extended version as this groove never becomes tiresome. Fight That Monkey opens with guitar but this is soon joined by vocals which blew me away. Pronounced by Real Blues Magazine as being among their top
hundred new releases for 2009, I would urge others to follow their and my own advice to try their utmost to track down a copy of this very distinguished
record. Russell Hill / Maverick Magazine / UK


I am curious as to how Erick Hovey in his daily life as a farmer he is able to find time at night to make masterpieces.
On the Blues Farm CD, you’ll be tossed from the JJ Cale-like Know Who You Are to the Jazzy Soda Pop Girl to the bluesy song Patchouli to the laid back jazzy tearjerker Missing Part, then to a jump-blues tune I’m Through, followed with ease by the reggae styled Talkin Bout Love.
I can play Erick’s cd at a higher volume at home because my better half appreciates Erick’s music greatly.
It’s unbelievable that this artist is still unknown in the Netherlands. He would not go amiss in many theaters.
Jan van Eck / VanEckBlues / Netherlands


Erick Hovey’s cd Blues Farm is on Learshot top 10 for the week ending March 2, 2010


Erick: On Wednesday, September 21, I will be playing Part 1 of my 5th Annual Best of Fringe Toast. I selected "Ball and Chain" as one of the Best Music tracks I have discovered in the past 50 weeks. The 25 singer-songwriter tracks were taken from approximately 3,000 tracks that I downloaded over this period. I actually probably listened to about 10,000 tracks in total
Dr. Andrew Bargerstock / KRUU / Fairfield, IA



I got to listen to a bunch of new music this week but the one album that stood out for me was the album by Eric Hovey “Blues Farm”. Im a big blues guitar fan and this album is filled with it, GOOOD FIND!!
WYBF / PA


Erick Hovey - Blues Farm
Erick Hovey debuts today on our radio, songs from his latest CD. The album title has a close relationship with his daily activities, since it is already the fifth-generation farmer operating a family farm in Fort Dodge, Iowa. This CD is the fourth in his artistic achievements. Erick is perfectly able to reconcile the work of the farmer and musician. He has already accumulated a large group of fans. His cheerful sounding tones are instantly well received.
delta.art.pl / Poland


Erick, I listened to Blues Farm and let me tell you that I really enjoyed it, your music sounds very very good!
I'm going to include the albums in our playlists. We have a Blues festival in Bogota that takes place every year. I think that may be you can get a chance to perform here in Colombia.
Miguel Ortiz / Javeriana Estereo 91.1 FM / Columbia


"I received the cds. Had time to listen / prep "Blues Farm". Very impressed! Professional package."
- Swede / FatCat Radio


Blues guitarist, very personal, who mixes rock and roots, with strong influences by JJ Cale, Eric Clapton and Larry Carlton: that is soul, style and technique. Blues Farm is not the first album, he already has some behind him, his music is original, direct and pleasant.
Caru / Gallarate, Italy


Greetings, Erick, and the best of the new year to you! Music from Blues Farm is about to hit the airwaves of my syndicated blues radio show, At the Crossroads.
I am truly enjoying the album, by the way, and more music from it will appear in the program. Thanks, Erick!
Brant Zwicker / At the Crossroads, Canada


Dear Erick,
I'm Jim Greaves and I write for Blues In Britain magazine and the review appeared in November issue. I enjoyed both CDs but particularly Blues Farm - it's good to hear a guitarist who doesn't play at a million notes a minute! I'm a big fan of Peter Green and the less is more school of play.
Cheers, Jim


Hey man - you are good. Listening to Soda Pop Girl and Know Who You Are from the Blues Farm album. I like it. Your music is at least as good as the best independent stuff we have received. I wish you well, hope you get lot's of airplay and I'll play your songs on my morning show as well in our regular mix.
Ric / AM1670 KCRJ / Jerome, AZ


Blues Farm is listed among the top 100 new releases.
Real Blues Magazine


Erick Hovey has managed to build his own blues style….you will discover some new elements on the Blues Farm cd that will surprise you Miaden Loncar, soundgaurdian, Croatia, 8-09



Blues Farm is a soulful groove! *****
I thought the production details on Blues Farm were stellar, as well as great care taken to the lyrics and music
Can’t say enough about Erick and his music, which I have followed for many years now. Those of you who don’t know this fifth-generation Fort Dodge, IA farmer/musician will be dutifully impressed –
The songwriting, lyrics, production, and arrangements on Blues Farm will have you hitting the replay button often. The great care in details – guitar tones, the homage to different eras of blues and blues-rock recording, insightful lyrics – all combine for a heady mix of meaty, soulful grooves. Just goes to show you that Iowa boys play their music card decks close to the vest until delivery – no boasting, no grandstanding, just deliver the musical goods when needed.
And boy, this delivers!
iTunes review By Mick Polich – July 8,2009


Erick Hovey’s song Missing Part from the Blues Farm cd, made the June 09 top 20 Latin Ballroom Swing Chart on Greg Parmerton’s Beachmusic45, Turtle Bay on Manhattan Island


Erick Hovey ‘Blues Farm’
Its just less than 40 years since the release of JJ Cale’s ‘Naturally’. And while it took rock fans a few years more to catch up on to the septuagenarian’s understated take on the blues, he perfected a style that is as enduring as it is influential all these years later.

Of course for every JJ Cale there’s a coterie of guitarists of a similar persuasion who prefer to eschew volume and speed and blend together the more intricate parts of the blues tapestry. Mid-Western blues guitarist Erick Hovey is undoubtedly one of a kind, a player who celebrates the virtues of space, time and presence. His latest ‘Blues Farm’ cd bears a title that is almost the perfect metaphor for a hot house of the blues, developing the subtler seeds of the genre in between the cracks.

More than that, Erick is someone who is at ease with himself as he lets his guitar do all the talking for him holding an exquisite bluesy tinged conversation over some smouldering fluid grooves and well crafted songs. Erick is a master of rich tones and textures, sweet melodies, expressive phrasing, real feel and always the blues.

And as he explores the blues in a sultry meandering way he’s unafraid to take on board disparate influences from the almost Skanking feel of ‘Baby Come Home’ to the Latino/Bossa beat of ‘Running With A Full Moon’ as well as lovely diversions though shuffles and muscular funk (‘Going Down’) to the belated twin guitar intro on the cd’s’ outro. ‘Can’t Fall Down’ is a succinct concluding guitar blow out that suggests he can jam with the best of them.

‘Blues Farm’ is an understated work of elegance and poise and fluency. Where others overstate their abilities or resort to cliché Hovey treads his own path. He may growl on ‘Know Who You Are’, he may add a contrasting piercing guitar line to the laid back shuffling stroll of ‘Patchouli’ and he may slip in a contrasting tone on the gentle shuffle rhythm of ‘Missing Part’, but there’s a signature sound at play here. Erick Hovey’s playing embodies a discernable voice and a real unique feel for the blues that will surely gain him plenty more fans.

**** (4/5) © getreadytorock / UK
Review by Pete Feenstra 7-5-10



Erick Hovey’s Blues Farm cd.
Like the blues, but want something new? This is the album for you. Original material, extremely well done, great to listen to.

Variety of tempos on different songs lets this CD stay in the player so it repeats several times before I go to the next one. It is really nice to understand the vocal tracks, the mix doesn't overpower them. In fact the sonics are excellant and worth listening to because of the great mixing.

So far my favorites on this CD are Patchouli and Soda Pop Girl, but only by a slim margin. Track 10-Talkin about Love has me guessing if he was going for cajun or reggae rythym- both my feet are tappin in time so it could be both.

I have his other three albums and can recommend them as well.
Amazon review by Dave in WA


Erick Hovey has a double release on the market with the discs Blues Farm and Recycled Souls.
I am curious as to how in his daily life as a farmer he is able to find time at night to make masterpieces.
These CDs take you on a trip through a landscape of music: blues, folk, jazz, pop, latin, and reggae.
On the Blues Farm CD, you’ll be tossed from the JJ Cale-like Know Who You Are to the Jazzy Soda Pop Girl to the bluesy song Patchouli to the laid back jazzy tearjerker Missing Part, then to a jump-blues tune I’m Through, followed with ease by the reggae styled Talkin Bout Love.
The same variation also appears on Recycled Souls which is on a whole of a more robust nature.
These CDs I can play at a higher volume at home because my better half appreciates Erick’s music greatly.
It’s unbelievable that this artist is still unknown in the Netherlands. He would not go amiss in many theaters.
Jan van Eck / VanEckBlues / Netherlands

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released February 12, 2013

BLUES FARM



All songs by Erick Hovey BMI © 2009

Recorded and mixed by Dan Lodden

Mastered by Brian Lipski

Andy Blumenthal - Harmonica

Jeff Foreman - Drums

Al Foreman - Trumpet

Tom Gary - Keys

Erick Hovey - Guitars, Vocals

Heather Kelly - Vocals

Dan Lodden - Bass, Drums on track 7
Reason on tracks 1,2,3,8,&10


Special thanks to backing vocalists

Scott Dahl, Trevor Gould, Cole Harklau, Sammi Johnson, Michelle and Sheila Mullen, Genni and Ribanna Pflug, Jessica Webb

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Erick Hovey Fort Dodge, Iowa

Erick Hovey's music is peppered with seasonings of blues, roots rock, jazz, funk, old power trio rock, reggae, and newer folk fusion styles. His lyrical content has not only good humored nods towards classic blues and rock clichés’, but spans the afterlife, and existentialism as well. Sometimes it’s spooky, sometimes it’s raw, spiritual, and sensual. Think Mark Knopfler, JJ Cale, and Peter Green. ... more

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Track Name: Fight That Monkey
FIGHT THAT MONKEY 5:31

By Erick Hovey




I’m gonna fight that monkey, when I get it off my back (2 times)
But when it’s time for me to go, I won’t take one minute back


I’m goin stone cold crazy, right out of my head (2 times)
I lost my mind, just like my doctor said


Gonna tend to my soul, right after this go round (2 times)
I’ll come back a few more times, then I’ll be heaven bound


A dozen steps to freedom, or thirteen to the tree
Twelve easy steps to freedom and that monkey rides for free
I’m gonna roll right over, let that monkey carry me


I’m gonna fight that monkey, when I get it off my back (2 times)
But when it’s time for me to go, I won’t take one minute back




© 2009 Erick Hovey (BMI)
2222 120th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 545-4743
Web: erickhovey.com
Email: info@erickhovey.com
Track Name: Ball And Chain
BALL AND CHAIN 5:45

By Erick Hovey


The walls are closin in
And you close the door
The ceilings fallin in
On a slippery floor

Caught yourself, Out in the rain
I see you caught yourself, a ball and chain

It’s a hard room
It’s a hard rain
You drop the seed
And so you reap the pain

CHORUS:
Caught yourself, Out in the rain
I see you caught yourself, Out in the rain
Congratulations, You got yourself a ball and chain


Quiet, Desperation
You can’t turn it back (answer)
Can you turn your back (answer)

CHORUS: (Repeat)

Ball and chain (Repeat)


© 2009 Erick Hovey (BMI)
2222 120th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 545-4743
Web: erickhovey.com
Email: info@erickhovey.com
Track Name: Goin Down
GOIN DOWN 3:14

By Erick Hovey



Solo

Well I’m sinkin, but I’m goin down real slow (2 times)
Work the pump now baby, I’m goin down below

Solo

Runnin Southbound, ease around the horn (2 times)
Slow and easy, buildin up a storm

Solo

Goin down baby, yea were goin down real slow
Goin down now baby, 69 and al fresco
If you have the time, I got a whole lot of slow

Solo

© 2009 Erick Hovey (BMI)
2222 120th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 545-4743
Web: erickhovey.com Email: info@erickhovey.com
Track Name: Soda Pop Girl
SODA POP GIRL 3:46

By Erick Hovey



Well I went to a party thirsty as I could be (2 times)
But I couldn’t drive home cause my baby she had the keys

Well I ride shotgun, takin in the view (2 times)
She likes drivin, I like drinkin brew

CHORUS:
She’s’ my, pop pop a soda pop girl (2 times)
She’s’ my designated, carbonated, sweet lovin ride back home

Yea she drives me home, takes me all the way (2 times)
She can rev my engine till the break of day

Well if I don’t come back, call my next of kin (2 times)
Ya know she takes me places I ain’t never been

CHORUS:

Well I was drinkin, and drinkin, and drinkin, and drinkin, and drinkin
Too much Quervo Gold
Baby came to me said you had as much as you can hold

CHORUS:



© 2009 Erick Hovey (BMI)
2222 120th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 545-4743
Web: erickhovey.com
Email: info@erickhovey.com
Track Name: Know Who You Are
KNOW WHO YOU ARE 3:53

By Erick Hovey



I hear you talk, I see you walk
You got still water runnin deep
I hear you laugh, I hear you cry
I hear your sowin what you reap

What’s that between your head and your heart
Just tell me if your so smart

CHORUS:
I wanna know who you are
Do youknow who you are
Wanna know who you are
I wanna know

You look so fine, You act so sweet
Got somethin up your sleeve
I hold your hand, I hold your heart
And you aint eatin where you sleep

What’s that between your head and your heart
Just tell me if your so smart

CHORUS:

I hear your thoughts, Don’t read my mind
Hear that song between the lines
Can’t you forget, Just let it sit
Rrinse your soul with turpentine

What’s that between your head and your heart
Just tell me if your so smart

CHORUS:


© 2009 Erick Hovey (BMI)
2222 120th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 545-4743
Web: erickhovey.com
Email: info@erickhovey.com
Track Name: Patchouli
PATCHOULI 3:11

By Erick Hovey




Patchouli
Stirrin up my thoughts
Oh patchouli, Reminds me I forgot
And in the swirlin mists of time
Forget-me-not

Patchouli
Waftin through my mind
Ahh sweet patchouli, Waterbeds and wine
And I can see you yesterday
In my smokey mind


Patchouli
Extrasensory scent
When I’m driftin, In seas of sweet content
Always brings to mind
Certain friends of mine




© 2009 Erick Hovey (BMI)
2222 120th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 545-4743
Web: erickhovey.com
Email: info@erickhovey.com
Track Name: Baby Come Home
BABY COME HOME 3:58

By Erick Hovey




Oh its late at night, guess Im gonna crash
Thinking bout you baby another hours past
Im all alone, baby come home

Wide eyed dreamin, out cold awake
Im cryin tears of joy while my heartstrings break
Im all alone, baby come home

Oh Ive been down this road before
My achin hearts cryin out, cryin out for more
Im all alone, baby come home

CHORUS:
Baby, baby come home (Repeat four times)

Well I aint feelin bad, feelin bad no more
Ya know Im down on my knees, aint like before
Im all alone, baby come home

Like fine whiskey, lovin don’t come cheap
Lookin for that lovin down on easy street
Im all alone, baby come home

Wide eyed dreamin, out cold awake (Repeat three times)
Im cryin tears of joy while my heartstrings break
All alone, baby come home

CHORUS: (Repeat)




© 2009 Erick Hovey (BMI)
2222 120th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 545-4743
Web: erickhovey.com
Email: info@erickhovey.com
Track Name: Runnin With A Full Moon
RUNNING WITH A FULL MOON 4:10

By Erick Hovey


Lie awake, on silver nights
Walk my soul around the park
In the moon light

Shrouded moon, and shallow mist
Where souls meet the shadows
In a shinning tryst

In the fire, of moonlit dawns
You can see the souls you depend upon

CHORUS: (Repeat 2 times)
Ooo, runnin with a full moon
Ooo, runnin with a full moon tonight

Still of night, still awake
On a night watch of tears
And heartache

In my dreams, where I still reign
Dawn’s moon falls
And I sleep again

Half a dream, went as daylight shone
My dream is long, I lie awake alone

CHORUS: (Repeat)


© 2009 Erick Hovey (BMI)
2222 120th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 545-4743
Web: erickhovey.com
Email: info@erickhovey.com
Track Name: I'm Through
I’M THROUGH 3:02

By Erick Hovey




It happened to me, could happen to you
Only one at the rendezvous
I was thinking everything was cool
Found myself playin the fool

CHORUS:
Well I’m through, through with love, I’m through
Yea I’m through with love, beaten down and blue

She took a walk, didn’t come back
Sittin here with my bags all packed
Look around, troubles what I find
You can have this love life of mine

CHORUS:

Had so many soulmates, don’t know what to do
So many true loves, played me for a fool
Theres more waitin out there
Can’t afford another love affair

CHORUS:



© 2009 Erick Hovey (BMI)
2222 120th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 545-4743
Web: erickhovey.com
Email: info@erickhovey.com
Track Name: Missing Part
MISSING PART 2:44

By Erick Hovey




You’re my missing part
A piece of my heart
I want it back so just unpack
You’ve got a missing part of me

Where you been, your timing sucks
I’ve thrown myself at moving trucks
And now, you come along all free
I see your the missing part of me

BRIDGE:
Can’t say I’m crazy
You know it’s true
That empty part of you thats blue


Your the missing part
I’ve been looking for
That puzzling piece, makes me complete
Your the missing part of me




© 2009 Erick Hovey (BMI)
2222 120th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 545-4743
Web: erickhovey.com
Email: info@erickhovey.com
Track Name: Talkin Bout Love
TALKIN BOUT LOVE 3:31
By Erick Hovey

With an open invitation
For some good stimulation
It’s a favorite recreation
Talkin bout love

Well It Starts off with flirtation
Theres a certain fascination
And the hopeful expectation
Talkin bout love (2 times)

Surrender to temptation
Lookin for the lovin sensation
And you find the inspiration
Talkin bout love (2 times)

Then it’s time for consummation
You know you got the inclination
And it’s a preoccupation
Talkin bout love (2 times)

With the mutual gyration
And a good imagination
It’s a smokin celebration
Talkin bout Love (2 times)

© 2009 Erick Hovey (BMI)
2222 120th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 545-4743
Web: erickhovey.com
Email: info@erickhovey.com
Track Name: Can't Fall Down
CAN’T FALL DOWN 4:34

By Erick Hovey




Don’t feel blue, never say die
Don’t jump baby, you know that you can’t fly
It won’t get worse, you paid the price
There’s a silver lining in this fools paradise

CHORUS:
You can’t fall down (3 times)
When your already on the ground (2 times)

You lost your job, you lost your car
But you still have that old beat up guitar
So just remember, when the wolf comes round
You can’t fall down when your already on the ground

CHORUS:

Pay no mind, to Murphy’s Law
Just cross your fingers, and catch at straws
And just remember, when the wolf comes round
You can’t fall down when you’re already on the ground

CHORUS:




© 2009 Erick Hovey (BMI)
2222 120th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 545-4743
Web: erickhovey.com
Email: info@erickhovey.com