It’s a phrase anyone could relate to.
“You knew me when … “
… when I was young. When I was in love. When I was happy.
“It’s a phrase that showcases where people come from, what they’ve been through,” said Cie Hoover, part of the husband and wife music duo You Knew Me When scheduled to perform at Patrick’s on Third on Aug. 18. “It’s a phrase people identify with.”
Married to his wife Karisa Hoover for five years, he said it’s a phrase that applies to their relationship as well. The two have been a couple for more than 10 years and knew each other in their 20s.
That has given the couple time to have several adventures together, the newest of which will soon land them in St. Peter. Uprooting themselves from their Nashville home and full-time jobs in June 2012, the now 30-year-olds set out on a year-long music tour, performing at venues throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Karisa Hoover gave up a job as a public school music teacher and Cie Hoover gave up his as the global events production manager for Gibson Guitar Corp. so they could pursue their passion for music.
“We’d been playing around town, quite a bit,” Cie Hoover said. “It was always a fun hobby, but with full-time jobs we weren’t able to fully dedicate ourselves to music the way we wanted to … We took a little leap of faith and packed up our belongings and had a giant yard sale for everything else and hit the road.”
Now, 13 months and 60,000 miles later, the couple is on their way to St. Peter.
Describing their music as “a fusion of progressive indie-rock and folky compositions all infused with myriad pulsing and stirring beats,” the two seem to have found the perfect marriage of musical styles.
Cie Hoover, with his more progressive, freewheeling background, accompanies his wife’s more classical tuneage on the guitar, also providing rhythmic nuances. Karisa Hoover flits from the piano to the ukulele to the glockenspiel, an instrument similar to a xylophone.
The cumulative result is a musical style that blends a singer-songwriter soul with a pop/rock mentality.
“It’s a little give and take,” Cie Hoover said. “I come from more of that indie rock background, Karisa is more from the Ingrid Michaelson, Sarah McLachlan vein … With the vast majority of our songs, it’s pretty distinct. You can tell which one’s she’s written and which I’ve written.”
But the songs flow together to form a singular, unique sound that sets the couple apart as musicians, he added. With a wide range of material, those in the audience rarely have trouble finding something they like.
“Some of our songs are upbeat,” Cie Hoover said. “Some are more introspective. One of the things we try to offer at our shows is a good variety of music.”
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