Hoke talks about his weekly "speed showcase" down at The 5 Spot and his dual affinity for "bands like Fugazi" and traditional country music. "The correlation between the two is they're still very simple forms of music," Hoke says. "Punk's three chords. Hank Williams is three chords." You could complain that Fugazi's not the best choice of bands to represent three-chord punk, but that wouldn't be very sporting, now would it? Hoke also talks about the term he's come up for his own musical style: "quietbilly."
In Marissa R. Moss' Scene preview of his release show for Waiting All Night, Hoke says he's enjoyed his opening spots for better-known acts like Justin Townes Earle, saying those audiences "are people that would like my music, but they just haven't heard it yet." And now quite a few more of them have.