Erick Hovey is a fifth generation farmer from the heart of the Midwest. He says that his central location allows him to absorb music from all over the country and develop a style that blends the best of what he likes.
"The result is music built on a sturdy foundation, with easy-to-identify-with subject matter," he says.
Erick Hovey and Friends performed an informal concert in the portable showtent at the new King's Pointe beach in Storm Lake Sunday, part of the post-race entertainment for the Jump in and Run event. Hovey was brought back by popular demand, after performing a well-received show at the Star Spangled Spectacular in July, and appearing at last winter's Blues History concert series at Buena Vista University.
Erick and his bandmates play with genuine heart and engaging personality, with a stripped-down delivery and easy grace that makes the material seem utterly uncontrived.
He's been writing and singing innovative music professionally since his high school years in the mid-1970s at Fort Dodge High School.
He still rocks out at times, but tempers his concerts with some smooth and wistful dyed-in-the-wool blues fans, and even tiptoes the borderline to country.
His goals? "To continue creating, recording, and performing, upbeat, clean, unpretentious, original music with positive, universal, timeless lyrics and melodies," he says. He enjoys playing with a variety of the hottest muscians around mid-Iowa, as well as his own tour-ready band.
Lately, he has been teaming up with New York-based bluesman Andy Schneider for unique collaborative shows in several Iowa cities.
"Less is more," Erick says of his signature sound, "where the music is only as fine as the silence it's compared to."
If you've enjoyed Hovey's performances in Storm Lake, his two best-twon recordings, "Prairie Dance Music" and "What You Blue About?" can still be ordered online at www.erickhover.com ($12 each).
To check out some brand new tunes, enjoy free samples at www.myspace.com/erickhovey, with songs like "Ball and Chain," "What You Doin Here," "Sweet Fire Rain" and "A Thousand Times."