Off his debut album The Temporary Nature of Things, California, the opening track is one of hope and fresh starts, whether that’s in your own backyard, out west, or wherever redemption resides.
His sound straddles the line of the modern radio-friendly folk of a Brandi Carlisle, and the bluesy roots rock of fellow Floridians, JJ Grey and Mofro, all of whom he’s shared a stage with.
Hoffar is at ease with big, breezy hooks or tender, intimate verses. For the latter, look no further than “Mary’s Song.” This elegy to a losing a loved one is equal parts grief and equal parts honoring the important lessons our mentors and parents pass on to us. Instead of weighing the song down with so much heartbreak, Hoffar instead chooses to craft an uplifting chorus of appreciation.
The acoustic, country- tinged campfire song, Karma’s Kids, that showcases Hoffar’s penchant for tackling the big issues, God and sinners, and his rich, smoky voice proves that this album is be filled with as much passion and soul as every lyrics he’s ever written, every show he’s ever performed, and every melody he’s ever hummed.