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Hank Woji

Genre: 
Americana
Genre: 
Bluegrass
Genre: 
Folk
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Hank Woji

…acoustic-wielding, sharply observed, Americana all the way…Jersey-Born Woji certainly shares something of Springsteen’s recognisable vocal cadences, strained passion and everyman narrative…
– AmericanaUK, UK

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

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.
– Houston Music News, TX

…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 Muse’s Muse, USA

For over 15 years, as a bassist and percussionist, Hank was a driving force in some of the Jersey Shore’s most dynamic and innovative bands - opening for, or performing with, 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, John Hammond Jr., Max Weinberg, Hot Tuna, The Nighthawks, and Johnny Winter.
In 2001 Hank moved from New York City to Houston, TX, picked up his acoustic guitar again, and began writing songs. Since then his compositions have garnered him honors in national songwriting competitions including: The South Florida Folk Festival, The Kerrville Folk Festival, The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, The Suwannee SpringFest, The Dallas Songwriters Association and the Austin Songwriters Group.
He has produced 3 CDs as a songwriter, “Medallion” (2005) 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. “American Dreams” (2008) 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 his songwriting and performance work on “American Dreams” he was nominated for the 2009 Singer/Songwriter of the Year award by the Academy of Texas Music. “There Was A Time” (2010) stands in sharp contrast with his earlier works. With it’s tight, sparse arrangements, and brevity, in both song and lyric and drawing on traditional folk, blues and classic country themes, “There Was A Time” has been called Hank’s most “Texas” record to date and was nominated for the 2011 “Academy Award of Distinction” by the Academy of Texas music. “Holy Ghost Town”, Hank’s 4th CD is currently in production and due for release in early 2012.
Hank has most recently shared the stage with Jonathan Byrd, David Massengill, Amy Speace, Ray Bonneville, Shake Russell, Dana Cooper, Darden Smith, Sara Hickman, Ken Gaines, Saylor White, Annie Gallup, Jimmy LaFavre, Annie Wenz, Emma’s Revolution, Freddy “Steady” Krc, Bob Livingston, Gary P. Nunn, Jesse Dayton, Claude “Butch” Morgan, The Flying A’s, Matt Harlan, David Rovics, Michael Martin Murphey, Greg Klyma, Spook Handy, Ronnie Elliott, Grant Peeples, Butch Hancock and Pete Seeger.
Hank is a long time Staff Volunteer at the Kerrville Folk Festival, a Charter Member of the Houston Association of Acoustic Musicians (H.A.A.M.) a proud member of AFM Local 1000, and he performs regularly at coffeehouses, theaters, clubs and house concerts throughout the US. He currently resides in Terlingua, TX.

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