- Artist: Hank Woji
- Format: CD
- Release Date:9/23/2008
...acoustic-wielding, sharply observed, Americana all the way...Woji certainly shares something of Springsteen's recognisable vocal cadences, strained passion and everyman narrative. - AmericanaUK ...His understated Lyle Lovett-style vocal approach perfectly compliments the material and the mood it sets...."American Dreams" is a genuine offering from a thought-provoking artist. - Music News (Houston, TX) ...you'll find the timelessness in his songs, each transcending current events and eventually becoming an anthem of life. - MyTexasMusic.com In the tradition of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen, but certainly with his own voice and with powerful songs...he knows how to give you a few goose bump moments. - Moors Magazine (Netherlands) ...Woji, who blends folk, country, bluegrass and rock influences in his music, is an astute writer and an engaging singer - Sing Out! Magazine ...in the style of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, and John Prine. ...Woji tackles big issues with the direct, thoroughly American sound created by those men...he is a worthy voice in that cause. - The Muses Muse ...a powerful collection of protest songs which pull no punches, written and sung by a man who clearly believes if the American Dream is to be saved, huge changes in the political and social landscape must take place. - Maverick Magazine (UK) He is one of those musicians that you can hand any instrument to and who will be able to master it in no time. But Hank Woji also is a great songwriter. That is well documented on his album "American Dreams". - CountryHome Magazine (Germany) Listen to it carefully [American Dreams] and you can't help but be moved by the songs and lyrics. I highly recommend it. - North of the Border (Texas) For over 15 years, as a bassist sideman, and then later as a bandleader, Hank was a driving force in some of the Jersey Shore's most dynamic and innovative bands, sharing the stage with such diverse artists as: Bruce Springsteen, Hot Tuna, Jimmy Cliff, The Wailers, Toots & the Maytalls, The Radiators, Jon Bon Jovi, Johnny Winter, Room Full of Blues, Johnny Johnson, The Nighthawks, John Hammond Jr, Clarence Clemmons & The Red Bank Rockers, Merl Saunders & The Rainforest Band and The Smithereens. In March of 2001 He moved from New York City to Houston, TX and began a new phase of his music career - Singer/Songwriter. Since then Hank's compositions have garnered him honors in numerous songwriting competitions including: The Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition, The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting Contest, The SongDoor International Songwriting Contest, The South Florida Folk Festival Singer-Songwriter Competition, The Suwannee Springfest Songwriting Contest, The Dallas Songwriters Association Songwriting Contest and the Austin Songwriters Group Spring Songwriting Competition. Hank's latest offering is a dark portrait of the lost American Dream, painted in broad strokes on a canvas of pure Americana. Alternating between bluegrass, gospel, country, folk and good old rock & roll, American Dreams is a tour de force from a passionate songwriter just hitting his stride. Addressing many of the hot-button issues of our time, "American Dreams" pulls no punches and asks no quarter. Graced with stellar performances from some of Houston's finest, each song takes on a life of it's own within the context of the singular theme - What is the American Dream and where has it gone?
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