I touched on this briefly in last week’s GO! Magazine, but one of the local bar-rock scene’s veterans, Don Hoxie, will celebrate the release of his new solo album with a listening party tonight at Ranch Records (831 N.W. Wall St., Bend) at 7 p.m.
Hoxie — a former Ranch man himself — will be on hand with some of the guys who played on “Can’t Get There From Here” while the record plays over the loudspeaker. There’ll probably be some snacks or something, too. Snacks!
“Can’t Get There From Here” is the first-ever solo album from Hoxie, who’s been playing around Central Oregon for more than a decade as one of the founding members (along with Dean Prescott) of The Substitutes. (Click here to read my 2006 story about them.)
The Subs have always tried to mix their original tunes into their set, but they’re primarily known for their chameleon-like ability to rock any bar with their encyclopedic knowledge of rock ‘n’ roll’s past, oh, three or four decades.
But the other members of The Subs — specifically Prescott and former member Paul Eddy, who now lives in Austin, Texas — always juggled their own solo ventures with the band, and never expressed much interest in making a Substitutes record, Hoxie said. So he took matters into his own hands. Or, rather, his own studio.