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What You Blue About?

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“As he says in the song, there is “Nothin’ Like A Good Guitar.”and Midwesterner (Fort Dodge, IA) bluesman Erick Hovey takes those immortal words to heart. Judging from the cover photo (it’s him as a geeky teenager doing his best blues snarl with his sister beating an indian drum), he’s been at it for some time, and this homegrown disc grows on you like the corn in his home state.”

Blues Access
Catfish Choice, Spring ‘97


“Hovey’s unstrained delivery and easy grace make the material seem utterly uncontrived. My guess is that you’ll like this sweet natured little collection of originals.”

Blue Suede News


“Somewhere down on a farm in a remote corner of the US Midwest, this artist perfected his skills to become not only a skillful performer but an accomplished songwriter. This collection of fourteen songs is just a cross-section of his material, which ranges from upbeat rock to introspective blues.”

Music and Media
Europe’s Radio Active Newsweekly


“Serving up solid original blues from Fort Dodge, Iowa native Erick Hovey, What You Blue About? Has genuine heart and engaging personality. This CD is a treat, equal to or a cut above much of the material coming from established blues labels. Erick Hovey’s tunes are rooted in traditional blues and swing conventions. The songwriting is suprisingly skillful. His vocal style is swingin’ and rockin’ blues. Like Austin’s Gary Primich, Hovey pours on just enough hep-cat-daddy charm to make you listen up and snap your fingers. He also proves to be a sharp guitarist with a satisfying command of grooves and licks. There’s some smart swing stuff reminiscent of Teddy Morgan’s work, and some growly Delta-influenced guitar similar to that of Tinsley Ellis or Fast Johnny Ricker.”

The READER
Omaha’s Arts and Entertainment Weekly


The band doesn’t overplay, so the music has a clean, light feel. The main attractions of Hovey’s CD are the swing blues cuts, which move along well, yet never so fast that the pulse is lost. His guitar work is fluid, and solos always concise. It’s an unpretentious record that avoids flash and pyrotechnics, and as a result, serves the blues quite well.

Delta Snake Blues News


“Erick Hovey and his group of very talented musicians have put down fourteen tracks that entertain no matter what type of blues you’re into. This is like a cold drink on a hot day. Erick puts down all the right licks in all the right places and that comes from two reasons. The man wrote the numbers and he sure knows his craft. The lyrics read like a trip from early puberty to young adulthood and sometimes beyond. It’s a disc that when played the second time sounds like a whole new ball game. Hot licks, cool chops, tight rhythm sections created by all who participated in this disc, make it a winner in any collection. If it is not in your store, ask for it. Iowa has some great hidden talent. Be the first on your block to discover Erick Hovey.”

Big Al Watts
Presenter of Big Als Blues Blast
On PBS 106.7 FM Radio
Melbourne, Australia


“In this sparkling CD you will find a very pure vein of blues to mine. Erick Hovey has built his CD on the sturdy foundation of simple, easy-to-identify-with subject matter and sharply performed arrangements. At times smooth and wistful, at times rockin’ in an older sense of the word, but always cloaked in cool, cool blues. Outstanding.”

CAKE magazine, Minneapolis, MN


“Erick Hovey has released a very fine CD that does some blues, some rock and some other kinda out there grooves; but it’s cool stuff. I found it more enjoyable than many other CDs I received from ‘big labels’…His guitar playing and singing, coupled with his own originals (and they’re all his and quite original), make a fun listen with more than a little wisdom thrown in for good measure.”

Blues Crier
Central Iowa Blues Society


“Solid instrumentals, honest forthright lyrics, and enough stylistic variety to appeal to dyed-in-the-wool blues fans, three chord rockers, and even denizens of Bob’s Country Bunker”

The Cedar Rapids Metro


“What You Blue About? Features music that is straight-ahead and sometimes not, but is always accessible to the public ear…all of the songs are Hovey originals and they’re all good.”

“ muzi.com” magazine
DesMoines, IA


“Hovey and the band concentrate on upbeat, dance-worthy blues designed to move people off their chairs.”

The DesMoines Register Datebook


“I’ve just received an excellent 14 track CD from singer and guitarist Erick Hovey entitled “What You Blue About?” on Juniors Motel Records. The entirely self-written CD starts strong with the shuffling title track and the swinging “Sleep Late” with it’s nice clean guitar solo and short but tasteful piano and drum solos. There’s something for everyone from out and out rockers(“Rockin’ The Blues”) to the heart- felt ballad “Love Affair”, the funky “Shake That Thang”, and “Wicker Benz” the jazzy Hammond based instrumental that closes the CD. Wah fans will love “Tore Me Apart” which also features harmonica from Tony Zagar. Tony also appears on my favorite low down and lazy track “Take Me Home” with it’s JJ Cale vocal style. Erick’s vocals complement his guitar very well and remind me at times of Lyle Lovett (especially “Ain’t Nothin Like A Good Guitar”). The band/session musicians are very tight and let Erick do his thing whilst contributing some short sharp solos themselves (step forward and take a bow Mr. Doug Hines on keyboards).

The UK Northern Blues Guide

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released February 15, 2013

WHAT YOU BLUE ABOUT?

All songs by Erick Hovey BMI © 1997
Recorded at Junior’s Motel, Otho, IA
Mastered at RSRT, Overland Park, KS




Vocals - Erick Hovey
- Rich Dunscombe, tracks 7,9,&12

Guitars - Erick Hovey

Bass - Scott Cochran
- Erick Hovey, track 10
- Brad Heck, track 12
- David Altemeier, track 14

Drums - Jon Hahn
- Jeff Foreman, tracks 1,5,10,12,14

Keys - Doug Hines
- Dick Wallingford ,track 2

Harmonica - Tony Zagar

Backing Vocalists - Curtis Byrd
- Rich Dunscombe

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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: She's Got A Hold On Me
SHES GOT A HOLD ON ME 3:00

By Erick Hovey





Right or wrong, sometimes we disagree (2 times)
You know my baby’s got a way of, persuading me

Ya know she’s got her ways and I got mine
She’s got a move that can change my mind

CHORUS:
She got a hold on me (2 times)
You know my baby’s got a way of, persuading me

She’s got her ways and, I got mine
She’s got a way that can change my mind

CHORUS:

Right or wrong, sometimes we disagree (2 times)
You know my baby’s got a way of, persuading me









© 1996 Erick Hovey (BMI)
2222 120th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 545-4743
Web: erickhovey.com
Email: info@erickhovey.com
Track Name: Got That Feelin
GOT THAT FEELIN 2:35

By Erick Hovey





My baby she’s cold as ice
She don’t make no sacrifice
My baby won’t talk to me
Oh no we just can’t agree
I got the feelin
My baby’s feelin blue


CHORUS:
Got that feelin (4 times)
Got the feelin, she’s feelin blue


My baby don’t like to swing
She can’t shuffle anything
I’m poor I aint got no dough
She thinks I’m rich it aint so
I got the feelin
My baby’s feelin blue


CHORUS: (8 times)





© 1996 Erick Hovey (BMI)
2222 120th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 545-4743
Web: erickhovey.com
Email: info@erickhovey.com
Track Name: Walk To Keep From Cryin
WALK TO KEEP FROM CRYIN 4:20

By Erick Hovey





Walkin, got a long long way to go (2 times)
When I get there baby, you’ll be the last to know


Pack my bags, put on my walkin shoes (2 times)
Yea I can’t stop walkin, until I shake these blues


I’m walkin, walk to keep from cryin (2 times)
When I stop walkin, I can see your lyin


When I stop walkin, time just pass me by
Yea don’t stop walkin, time will pass you by
And I keep on walkin, walk to keep from cryin


Yea I’m walkin, walk to keep from cryin (2 times)
And if I stop walkin, I can see your lyin






© 1996 Erick Hovey (BMI)
2222 120th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 545-4743
Web: erickhovey.com
Email: info@erickhovey.com
Track Name: Take Me Home
TAKE ME HOME 3:01

By Erick Hovey



Oh take me home
Across the prairie oh you lonely road
You ancient highway
Take me home Take me home
Moon, moon light the way
Show me the way to go
Take me home, take me home

CHORUS:
This old highways gonna take me home
And sometimes I think I’m flyin
Sometimes I think I’m flyin
Sometimes I think I’m flyin

The towns are glowin in the sky
They’re slippin by, they’re slippin by
Eyes glowin in the waving grass
All see me home they see me home
Over there where the lightin strikes
That’s my home, That’s my home
That’s my home, That’s my home

CHORUS:




© 1996 Erick Hovey (BMI)
2222 120th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 545-4743
Web: erickhovey.com
Email: info@erickhovey.com
Track Name: Shake That Thang
SHAKE THAT THANG 3:10

By Erick Hovey



Shake that thang (4 times)

CHORUS:
Hey, hey, hey, when ya move that way
You make my heart beat, take my breath away
My cool gets hot it’s the circumstance
I loose control when I see you dance
I said shake that thang. Shake it

I didn’t get excited, when ya walked into the bar
Nothin special happened, when you drove me in your car
We were getting on OK, I thought we’d just be friends
But you took my soul, I lost control, when I saw you dance

CHORUS:

Shake it in the parking lot, shake it at the door
Shake it on the tables baby, shake it at the bar
Your getting my attention, as you move across the floor
But ya took my soul, I lost control, when I saw you dance

CHORUS:

Shake it (9 times)

CHORUS:



© 1996 Erick Hovey (BMI)
2222 120th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 545-4743
Web: erickhovey.com
Email: info@erickhovey.com
Track Name: Love Affair
LOVE AFFAIR 3:42

By Erick Hovey





If I only, if I only had one day to live
And I could go, I could go, I could go anywhere
Id come and tell you baby
You’re my love affair

I, I love the way you make me feel
And I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know, if you care
But I just got to tell you baby
You’re my love affair

BRIDGE:
Id climb the tallest mountain, Id cross the deepest sea
To give you all my lovin, oh, can’t you see

If I loose you, if we have to say goodbye
Well the next time, in the next life, we will meet, by and by
You know it’s only all the time
Your on my mind
Ya Id come and tell you baby
You’re my love affair





© 1996 Erick Hovey (BMI)
2222 120th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 545-4743
Web: erickhovey.com
Email: info@erickhovey.com
Track Name: Rockin The Blues
ROCKIN THE BLUES 2:57

By Erick Hovey


Rock some blues, rock this heart of mine
Rock some blues baby, rock this heart of mine
Rockin the blues makes ya, feel so fine

When ya wanna, get down
And dirty, way down
Ya start rockin, ya groovin
Shakin, movin
Rockin the blues makes ya, makes ya feel so fine

All night long (4X)
Rockin the blues baby
All night long

Rock some blues, rock this heart of mine
Rock some blues baby, rock this heart of mine
Rockin the blues makes ya, feel so fine

When ya wanna, get down
And dirty, way down
Ya start rockin, ya groovin
Ya shakin, ya movin
Rockin the blues makes ya, feel so fine

All night long (4X)
Rockin the blues makes ya
Makes ya feel so fine


© 1996 Erick Hovey (BMI)
2222 120th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 545-4743
Web: erickhovey.com
Email: info@erickhovey.com
Track Name: Tore Me Apart
TORE ME APART 4:00

By Erick Hovey




Woke up this morning, she was sweet
Day went on she got mean, mean
Left me here head in my hands
Left to rust like an old machine

CHORUS:
Well she lied, cheated
Look how Iv been treated
Tore me down, stomped on my heart
Took all my money and tore me apart, tore me apart

Left me here head in my hand
Long list of rude demands
Cold cash in her hand
Left me here head in my hands

CHORUS:

She come back for the rest of my things
When I get more she be back again

CHORUS:





© 1996 Erick Hovey (BMI)
2222 120th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 545-4743
Web: erickhovey.com
Email: info@erickhovey.com
Track Name: Sleep Late
SLEEP LATE 2:53

By Erick Hovey


CHORUS:
Sleep late (2 times)
Sleep all day, I’m gonna have some fun tonight

Gonna sleep all day, Gonna play all night
Be crawlin home when it gets light
Sleep all day while my body mends
I don’t go home till the party ends

CHORUS:

Sun comes up I go down
The moon comes out, I’ll be round
Pull down the shades unplug the phone
Pull up the covers I won’t be alone

CHORUS:

Be an early breakfast gonna miss my lunch
Probably miss dinner, never had a brunch
I don’t wear shades don’t have a tan
Can’t do lunch cause I’m an evening man

CHORUS:

Sleep Late (4 times)
I’m gonna sleep all day, gonna have some fun tonight



© 1996 Erick Hovey (BMI)
2222 120th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 545-4743
Web: erickhovey.com
Email: info@erickhovey.com
Track Name: What You Blue About?
WHAT YOU BLUE ABOUT 2:42

By Erick Hovey





Does your soul shine, when the sun comes out (2 times)

Won’t your heart sing, what you blue about?



Does your heart ache, when the moon comes out (2 times)

Won’t your heart sing, what you blue about?



Does your soul shine, when the sun comes out

Does your heart ache, when the moon comes out

Won’t your heart sing, what you blue about?







© 1996 Erick Hovey (BMI)
2222 120th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 545-4743
Web: erickhovey.com
Email: info@erickhovey.com
Track Name: Nothin Like A Good Guitar
NOTHIN LIKE A GOOD GUITAR 2:44

By Erick Hovey




New cars they’re nice to own
Gold tequila and a brand new home
It aint nothin, like a good guitar

Give me diamonds and give me a pool
If I turn down your offer maybe I’m a fool
There aint nothin, like a good guitar

CHORUS:
Aint nothing like it (2X)
Aint nothing like a good guitar
Aint nothing like it (2X)
Aint nothing like a good guitar

A lot of people d rather have the car
A new stereo a new VCR
It aint nothing, like a good guitar

Give me all your lovin, give me all your things
It won’t make me happy like that wood and strings
It aint nothing like a good guitar

CHORUS:




© 1996 Erick Hovey (BMI)
2222 120th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 545-4743
Web: erickhovey.com
Email: info@erickhovey.com
Track Name: Empathize
EMPATHIZE 3:30

By Erick Hovey




CHORUS:
Empathize, karmic lives
Golden rule, it’s what you do

You know what makes you feel good
When your treated right
All you have to know, while you live your life
It’s the law of retribution, you know it might be true
A golden mean for the human race, it comes right back to you

CHORUS: (2 times)

Your doin me no favor, when you tell me what to do
Tellin me what to think, I don’t do that to you
It’s the law of retribution, you know it might be true
All you have to know while you live your life
It’s gonna come right back to you

CHORUS: (8 times)





© 1996 Erick Hovey (BMI)
2222 120th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 545-4743
Web: erickhovey.com
Email: info@erickhovey.com
Track Name: ABC's
ABCs 2:01

By Erick Hovey




I saw an eagle working today
I coupled with the sun and rain
I heard the tall grass sing in the night
Preserved by a brighter light

CHORUS:
What do you think is real?
Do you know your ABCs?
Tell me what you think, what you think you see (2 times)

This desert was a shallow sea
Don’t steal my energy
Land on fire, under ice
You think its pretty, you think its nice

CHORUS:

I saw an eagle working today
I coupled with the sun and rain
I heard the tall grass sing in the night
Preserved by a brighter light

CHORUS:




© 1996 Erick Hovey (BMI)
2222 120th Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 545-4743
Web: erickhovey.com
Email: info@erickhovey.com