Don Hoffman -
Don has been performing music for over 40 yrs.
Starting in his teens he performed in school rock bands at recreation nights and local parties.
In his 20’s he began playing banjo as well as guitar and harmonica and formed an Acoustic duet with Bill Cassidy performing at Coffee houses, clubs, fairs and festivals. This duet continued steadily for the next 25 years building a base of experience that would form his future.
In his 30’s he formed the band “Sweetwater”, a 3-piece bluegrass band known for its blended harmonies and high energy shows with Rock & Blues overtones. The band had great success headlining the Adirondack Bluegrass Festival yearly and many of Albany’s and Saratoga’s festivals and First Night celebrations. He also performed as a sideman with Bruce Blinn-Knapp performing at venues such as The Chance in Poughkeepsie, Berkshire Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Winners and The Palace Theatre in Albany.
In his 30’s and into his 40’s it was Rock & Roll that dominated Don’s musical stylings. Playing Electric guitar and singing lead vocals in many different bands including “Rock River”; Blues Edge” & “Roadhouse”.
In 2006 Don picked up the bass guitar and formed the band “New Shoes” a 3-piece blues band formed with old mates Bill on guitar and Bruce on Drums. This band played shows all around Saratoga and the capitol region for 5 yrs before eventually adding saxophone and a female vocalist to round out the sound. This band can still be heard occasionally today when they get together for special events.
Nowadays Don has returned to his acoustic roots, playing acoustic guitar and harmonica as a solo performer doing original and cover tunes that keep everyone tapping their toes and singing along. He is often joined by Sean Cohan (fiddle, mandolin, guitar) doing some Americana/bluegrass and picking some banjo.
The New Shoes flag still flies when old mates join Don & Sean for the full band sound doing Americana and Bluegrass originals and favorites