After living in Chicago and fronting a band called Bucket Number Six, Doug Hoekstra relocated to Nashville in 1994 and released his first solo album. While he draws from both folk and country traditions, he falls squarely into neither. Rather, he's a part of the roots-rock revival that took on steam in the mid-'90s.
Most of the 11 songs on WHEN THE TUBES BEGIN TO GLOW were recorded before he departed the Windy City. His soft voice is confident and believable throughout and the arrangements are all clearly in support of the needs of the songs. A small ensemble of guitars, bass, drums, occasional keyboard and steel guitar builds the instrumental framework of these compositions. This self-produced album is also rich with subtle twists and surprises, including the use of a Mellotron on "Fear of Heights." It would only be deserving for these smart and catchy songs to become well known.