Tom Rush’s 1968 album The Circle Game helped launch the era of the singer songwriter. Subsequent releases from the New Hampshire native introduced early work from Bruce Cockburn, Murray McLauchlan and Jesse Winchester. But Rush made his last studio album (Ladies Love Outlaws) in 1974, and has since stuck to touring and putting out live recordings. His cover of Steve Walters’ “Remember Song” has more than 4 million YouTube hits to date.
For Gary Hoey, the only thing faster than his fingers is his schedule. In late February the guitarist, best known for his Ho! Ho! Hoey! Christmas albums and remakes of surf classics like “Pipeline,” spent a week as a counselor at the Hollywood Rock n’ Roll Fantasy camp, mentoring musicians alongside pals Sammy Hagar, Ace Frehley and Michael Anthony of Van Halen.