You Knew Me When will play Park City Limits show
Cie Hoover and his wife Karisa play in the Nashville-based acoustic duo You Knew Me When.
Ironically, the two musicians, who have been an item for 10 years, didn’t start playing together until a year after they were married four years ago.
"We had our ‘a-ha moment’ while we were on our one-year wedding anniversary in the San Juan Islands," Hoover said during a telephone call to The Park Record on a day-off stop in San Francisco, Calif. "Karisa wrote a song and I played some stuff on top of it and we looked at each other dumbfounded.
"We couldn’t figure out why we didn’t do this earlier, because it made too much sense all of a sudden to play together," Hoover laughed.
You Knew Me When will bring their musical chemistry to the Silver Star Café, 1825 Three Kings Dr., on Friday, March 1, for the Park City Limits concert series. The music will begin at 7:30 p.m.
One of the reasons Hoover and his wife didn’t think about playing music together initially was because of their musical tastes.
"Karisa and I come from very different backgrounds, which lends a uniqueness to our music," Hoover explained. "I went through my high school and college days playing loud, crazy metal music, and she participated in vocal seminars and went to college to be a classically-trained music educator."
Even their careers, while involved with music, was approached differently.
"For four years, I worked as a global events production manager for Gibson Guitars and did all the instrument conventions and attended the Grammy Awards and Karisa was a music teacher in the Nashville Public School District," Hoover explained.
Once the two started playing together, things just "snowballed," he said.
"We played around Nashville and released our self-titled debut album in 2010, and things kept going to the point where we decided to take a hiatus from our jobs and dedicate more time to our music," Hoover said. "Both of our jobs didn’t leave a lot of room for playing and writing music, so after talking about what we wanted to do for quite a while, we decided to make the leap last year."
"We own a house in Nashville and decided to rent it out and pack up our belongings to tour around the country," he said. "We’re approaching our eight-month mark away from home."
You Knew Me When play three to four shows a week and book them two months in advance.
"Karisa is doing all the booking," Hoover said. "She’s good at organization."
The payoff for Hoover isn’t only being able to play music in front of an audience, but to share the stage with his wife.
"It’s a great blessing to share something like this with someone you love," he said. "It makes being on the road much easier, which is different than what I remember being in those bands."
Hoover remembered a lot of tension in some of the bands he was in.
"I mean there are times when the people don’t get along or some of them wanted to go off and do something else, which usually caused the band to break up," he said. "So, to share the road with Karisa is a nice and easy thing for us. I mean, we’re together and playing music around the country."
These days, the two have found musical influences in more folk-rock bands such as The Decemberists, The Postal Service and Iron & Wine.
"Karisa has also been getting into Ingid Michaelson, and even picked up the ukulele for some of our songs," Hoover said.
Still, when the two do play in Nashville, they are able to work with a full band.
"We actually worked with a band on our new CD, ‘You, Me, and the Rest of the World,’ that was released on iTunes just before we hit the road," Hoover said. "But as far as the touring endeavor, we’re doing it as a duo, which is a little more physically savvy at the moment.
"It’s a good process for us thus far and we’ll continue to do this for an unknown time period from here on out," he said.
The folk duo You Knew Me When will perform at the Silver Star Café’s Park City Limits concert series on Friday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Silver Star Café at (435) 655-3456 or visiting http://www.thesilverstarcafe.com . For more information about You Knew Me When, visit http://www.youknewmewhen.com.
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