You Knew Me When on tour in GJ after quitting day jobs

Cie and Karisa Hoover made a difficult decision in June 2012: they quit their full-time jobs with Gibson Guitars and in music education, respectively, to tour the country as musicians.

The Nashville, Tenn., couple called You Knew Me When brings its indie-folk-rock harmony and sound to Grand Junction and will play at The Member Show art opening from 6–10 p.m. Friday, April 4, at The Raw Canvas, 507 Main St.

The husband and wife duo are touring to promote their second album, “You, Me and the Rest of the World,” available at and through online retailers.

In an interview in December, Cie Hoover talked about the group’s musical style, how he and Karisa met and the couple’s decision to quit their jobs to tour the country.

Melinda Mawdsley: You have to tell me about this decision to quit your jobs and tour.

Cie Hoover: It was a big decision for sure, for sure. I had been in bands and grew up playing music. My wife is musically inclined as well. We both went to school at Belmont (University) in Nashville and played in bands. Once we graduated, we both focused on the business side of things for a good long while. There was always that little voice in the back of our heads (telling us) that we wanted that creative outlet, and having those full-time jobs just wasn’t quite filling the niche or void left from not being able to play all the time. Conversations progressed and finally, eventually we decided to make that leap, so to speak. We basically gave ourselves a year, put our jobs on hold, and got out on the road and dedicated to doing it for a full year.

Mawdsley: You must be enjoying yourselves?

Hoover: We had that discussion and said, “We were able to make it work for one year and are still enjoying it, so (it’d be) hard to go back to the normal grind.” It was definitely not an easy decision. We still own a place in Nashville and rent it out while we’re on the road. We’re staying with family when we’re home because other people are living (in our house.)

Mawdsley: Is the life of a touring musician all you thought it’d be?

Hoover: Yeah. It’s been one heck of a way to see the country. I think we’ve hit 43 states thus far, coast to coast, north to south. We did a music festival up in Toronto at the end of last year (2012). It’s been a great way to see the country and meet new people and share our music and make a living. On top of that, being able to do that with the person you care about makes it all the better.

Mawdsley: How did you guys meet?

Hoover: We met freshman year in college and started dating second semester of our freshman year…I was in bands and doing my own stuff in college, and she was doing all the teacher and vocal seminars and things of that nature…We got married five years ago and about four years ago…we were on our one-year anniversary in Puerto Rico. She brought her ukulele, and I brought a guitar, and we wrote a song about it…It was almost one of these “Aha! moments.” (We said,) “Wait a second, we are both musically inclined why have we not done anything together?” That was the starting point of writing material together.

Mawdsley: Tell me about your musical style.

Hoover: The overarching term is indie-folk-rock, which can be ambiguous in and of itself. We try to provide a little bit of something for everyone. The songs I take the lead on writing tend to be more introspective. The ones Karisa tends to take a lead on, particularly with the ukulele, tend to be more flower child. It’s a good ebb and flow, so people aren’t saturated with constant sound. At the same time, it still works together.

Mawdsley: Your touring for your second album. And you put both this one and your debut out yourselves?

Hoover: Yep. Both are fully independent releases. For our first album, it was very much the home studio type of endeavor. The most recent one, we went to a Nashville studio and recorded it with a drummer and bass player. We tour as a duo but the recording carries more of a full sound….(We’re) hoping to put out a third album at the end of spring, early summer of (2014). That’s what we’re penciling in. We write a little bit here and there when we have a couple days off. Just about every other day we are in a different place or different town, staying with different people.


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