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The Past Is Never Past

by Doug Hoekstra

"Doug Hoekstra is a harmonica-wielding Nashville man whose music vacillates between folkie stuff and more left-field sound experiments…he clearly sings with his mind.” (Time Out New York)
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  Song Share Time Download
1. She Walks in Beauty
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2. Oh, Zamira
3:50 $0.99
3. 500 Miles Away
4:05 $0.99
4. Break My Fall
3:54 $0.99
5. The Past Is Never Past
5:24 $0.99
6. Drops Fell from My Fingertips
5:17 $0.99
7. If the World Was Blind
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8. What's on Your Mind?
3:56 $0.99
9. Staring out the Window
4:06 $0.99
10. Where I Worked
4:42 $0.99
11. The Life We Love #9
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12. Ballad of the Soldier's Wife
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13. Rear-View Mirror Effect
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Album Notes
"The Past is Never Past is the title for a collection of songs that, like memory and experience, could not lay fallow. Some are selections that didn’t quite fit stylistically on "Around the Margins," my previous disc. Others were cut as songwriting demos; and still others were released on special compilations, magazines, and websites. As I began to compile them for my personal archives, I saw an alternate look into aspects of my journey of the past year take shape. This became a special limited edition release of this work, with a couple new pieces added for good measure. So, much like memory and experience, this collection took on a life of its own, and the songs now belong to the present and future, proving that the past is indeed, never past." (Doug Hoekstra, Nashville TN, from the original album liner notes)

Some reviews of "The Past is Never Past":

"Hoekstra's odds and sods, this album hangs together so well that it's as vital as his regular releases -- which themselves place him among the best unheralded songwriters." (Big Takeover)

"The Past is Never Past is an airy, minimalist, reflective album that has a clean summery feel, and because Hoekstra is such a ‘one of,’ the songs fall easy on the ear without being in any way ‘easy listening’. The Past is Never Past’ comes across as even more interesting than the very well received Around the Margins." (Get Rhythm, UK)

“ Hoekstra issued the excellent Around the Margins last year; this import-only collection represents that album's leftovers plus songwriting demos and odds 'n' sods. Yet far from being throwaway material, it's comparable to Steve Earle's recent Sidetracks: stylistically diverse, at times quirky, but still essential for fans. The singer-songwriter's burnished whisper remains a recognizable calling card in any context…. Hoekstra's newly revealed chameleonic side is an unruly, inelegant and altogether charming affair.” ( Spectator Magazine, NC)

"…infuses his melodic, vaguely off-kilter songs with evocative, near-filmic narratives along with a strong sense of character, place and humour. Hoekstra’ music is considered spontaneous, literate, but never ostentatious – the kind of artist who steamcleans the sullied crown of the singer/songwriter. (Paul Whitelaw, Glasgow Metro)

" **** this Nashville singer-songwriter might just prove to be the musical discovery of the week. Hoekstra mines memories of his upbringing in Chicago’s suburbs – vignettes about discovering his brother’s record collection, chance meetings while riding the train to the city and simple acts of kindness, all capturing a lifetime in three minutes." (Phil Mather, Big Issue in the North UK Picks)

Alt-country artistes may sing of the desert and prairie, literally and metaphorically, but the genre is a crowded field. It’s a treat, then, when someone genuinely original comes along. Hoekstra’s just such a maverick…his poetic, poignant but far from po-faced lyrics, knock his competitors into a Stetson hat. A legend waiting to happen." (Joe Cushley, What’s On London)

“Doug Hoekstra is a harmonica-wielding Nashville man whose music vacillates between folkie stuff and more left-field sound experiments…he clearly sings with his mind.” (Time Out New York Critics Pick)

" ***1/2 (out of 4) - Ever versatile, his arrangement skills present traditional Twang in a new way...colleagues have drawn comparisons from Beck to Leonard Cohen. My proposal: Forget comparisons, listen to this record." (Joerg Feyer, German Rolling Stone review of The Past is Never Past)

“Singer-songwriter Hoekstra’s acute story-songs and witheringly detailed character sketches made up not one but two of last year’s strongest releases, Around the Margins and the rarities compilation The Past is Never Past.” (Jim Ridley, Nashville Scene Picks)

“It should be pointed out if you’ve not come across Doug Hoekstra at all yet that not only have you missed out on a genius for years, but that you may not realise you have. Surprisingly, despite the creativity that goes into his studio outings, it’s live where he clicks. Still, if you needed a contemporary introduction to his material, you wouldn’t expect a collection of tracks and out-takes that didn’t quite make it on to a full album to be a good place to start. "The Past is Never Past" is exactly such a collection but works so well that it comes across as almost a complete concept album in itself…a remarkable album given its diverse origins - thoroughly recommended. (Americana-UK)



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