Daily Discovery: Derek Hoke, “Sweetheart Letter”

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ARTIST: Derek Hoke

SONG: “Sweetheart Letter”

BIRTHDATE: Raised by wolves. No idea.


AMBITIONS: European tour, host a televised music show.

TURN-OFFS: Emotional Vampires.

TURN-ONS: The Beach Boys.

DREAM GIG: Ryman Auditorium.

TV ADDICTION: Game Of Thrones, Breaking Bad, old game shows.

CELEBRITY CRUSH: The entire female cast of Mad Men.


5 THINGS EVERY MAN SHOULD OWN: Pocket knife, compass (moral and true north), a key to something secret, an extra toothbrush, something made of mahogany.

I NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: cash and a good attitude.

I WROTE THIS SONG: because I had to. I needed a song to close our shows with. I was playing a lot bluegrass music at the time and decided to write an up tempo “barn burner.” The writing and imagery are very traditional. The addition of the fiddle really ties it all together for me.

Derek’s new album “Waiting All Night” includes guest performances from Jason Isbell, Caitlin Rose, Jack Lawrence, Patrick Keeler, Nikki Lane, Cory Chisel… and more.


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