Hank's 5th record takes a hard, sharp look at income inequality in the U.S. with songs about workers, unions, the middle class & working poor, and their struggles to survive in the face of a political and economic onslaught by greedy corporate oligarchs and the billionaire class. Recording began in August 2013 in Hank's home stage of New Jersey, with long time friends, Roger Wolford on drums and Marco on congas. Additional recording was done in Houston, TX, once again with bassist Thomas Helton, with additional recording in Terlingua, Tx. The CD's thirteen tracks include six Woji compositions along with three Woji co-writes and cover versions of Springsteen's classic, "Factory", Tracy Chapman's "Talkin' Bout A Revolution", Jack Hardy's "I Ought To Know" and "Plegaria A Un Labrador" by the great Chilean songwriter and martyr Victor Jara.
Following his Folk/World stylings on “Medallion” (2005), the politically charged Americana of “American Dreams” (2008) and the West Texas minimalism of “There Was A Time” (2010), Hank Woji breaks new ground with his 4th CD, “Holy Ghost Town”. With the recording process beginning in 2011 in Hank’s home state of New Jersey, with long time friend and drummer Roger Wolford (Denny Laine), and wrapping up back in Texas with stellar performances from Austin favorites Guy Forsyth, Karen Mal and Colin Brooks (Band of Heathens), Houstonians Thomas Helton & Jeff Duncan, and Terlingua’s own Laird Considine, “Holy Ghost Town” marks an exciting new direction for this veteran songwriter! The CD’s eight tracks include six Woji compositions along with his rendition of a local favorite, “Terlingua Blues”, as well as a new take on Jerry Garcia’s classic, “Deal”. Pick up your copy today - you'll love it!
"Hank Woji stands out from the pack of singer/songwriters by conjuring a sound that is at the same time richly textured and intimate. Singing in a voice that is slightly hoarse and understated, Woji evokes the best elements of Arlo Guthrie and Cat Stevens."
- Music News - Houston, TX
"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)
For over 15 years, as a bassist sideman, and later as a bandleader and then percussionist, Hank was a driving force in some of the Jersey Shore’s most dynamic and innovative bands, playing clubs and concert halls and touring the East Coast & Canada, sharing the stage, or performing, with such diverse artists as: The Drifters, Jimmy Cliff, The Wailers, The Smithereens, Toots & the Maytals, The Radiators, Jon Bon Jovi, Room Full of Blues, Clarence Clemmons, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Johnson, Hot Tuna, The Nighthawks, John Hammond Jr. and Johnny Winter. In the late 80s he began studying African and Brasilian drumming and percussion and by 1995 was also performing regularly, as a drummer/percussionist, with Mzume’ Carnaval, a Jersey based batucada group, at festivals, colleges, clubs and concert halls throughout the NYC/NJ metro area. In 1990 Hank composed, arranged and performed music for “Earth Mother” a Guided Meditation & New Age Music album, which he also co-produced with Karla LaVoie, noted author of the critically acclaimed book “For Time and All Eternity: Love Never Dies”. In March of 2001 Hank moved from New York City to Houston, TX. and began a new phase of his music career - Singer/Songwriter. Since then his compositions have garnered him honors in numerous national and international songwriting competitions including: The South Florida Folk Festival, The Kerrville Folk Festival, The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, The SongDoor International Songwriting Contest, The Suwannee SpringFest, The Dallas Songwriters Association and the Austin Songwriters Group. His first CD as a songwriter, released in 2005, was recorded over a three year period in studios from Texas to Colorado and New Jersey. “Medallion” combined elements of Folk, Blues, R&B and Rock & Roll with Brasilian, Cuban, African and Indian rhythms. For his outstanding production work on “Medallion”, he was nominated for the 2006 Producer of the Year award by the Academy of Texas Music. In January 2006 he released his first CD single. A hard hitting socio-political commentary, “Patriot Games” received critical acclaim, and extensive radio airplay, from Portland, OR. to Long Island, NY. Hank’s 2008 offering, “American Dreams”, is a dark portrait painted in broad strokes on a canvas of pure Americana, with songs alternating between bluegrass, gospel, country, folk and good ol’ rock & roll. For both his songwriting work and his performance on “American Dreams” Hank was nominated for the 2009 Singer/Songwriter of the Year award by the Academy of Texas Music. Hank got back to basics on his latest CD, “There Was A Time”. With it’s tight, sparse arrangements, and brevity in both song and lyric, this solo effort stands in sharp contrast with his earlier works. Drawing on traditional folk, blues and classic country themes, both musically and lyrically, and with songs centered primarily around guitar, vocals and harmonica, “There Was A Time” has been called Hank’s most “Texas” record to date! Most recently, as a performing Singer/Songwriter, he has shared the stage with Shake Russell, Dana Cooper, Darden Smith, Jonathan Byrd, Sara Hickman, Ken Gaines, Amy Speace, Saylor White, Annie Gallup, Jimmy LaFavre, Colin Brooks, Denim, Freddy “Steady” Krc, Bob Livingston, Gary P Nunn, Buddy Tabor, Connie Mims, Danny Everitt, Jesse Dayton, David Massengill, Ray Bonneville, Michael Martin Murphey and Pete Seeger. Hank is a long time Staff Volunteer at the Kerrville Folk Festival and at KPFT 90.1 FM in Houston, TX, and performs regularly at coffeehouses, clubs and house concerts throughout the US. He currently resides in Terlingua, TX.
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