The husband and wife team of You Knew Me When return to Colorado for a free show
Acoustic husband-wife duo You Knew Me When. Photo special to SneakPEAK.
By Elizabeth Escobar
If you go
Who: Cie and Karisa Hoover of the Nashville-based duo You Knew Me When will play a show at Bonfire Brewing
When: Friday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.
Where: Bonfire Brewing taproom, Eagle
To find out about Bonfire’s upcoming shows, visit bonfirebrewing.com/events. You can listen to the music of You Knew Me When before Friday at their website: youknewmewhen.com
Filling a gap in the modern music scene is the sound of You Knew Me When – one that blends soulful lyrics with the rhythms of indie and folk rock. The result is uniquely their own – full of an authenticity, heart, and ukulele that just isn’t heard often enough.
Since leaving their Nashville home in 2012 to set off on the unpredictable road that is touring, the husband and wife duo have built a steady fan base. Playing across the country and back again, Cie and Karisa Hoover have shown that there is indeed a desire – even a need – for the kind of profound yet playful music they offer.
On Friday the pair will return to Bonfire Brewing to treat the crowd to a night of free music. If you’ve ever wanted to see an artist before they “made it big”, this is one show that will pay off. Prior to their welcomed return to the mountains, SneakPEAK spoke with Cie Hoover to discuss the duo’s musical evolution.
SneakPEAK: Let’s start at the beginning – I know that your musical partnership didn’t form until after you were already married. How did it finally came about?
Cie Hoover: We met our freshman year of college at Belmont University in Nashville and we eventually got married after graduating. Karisa was focusing on music education and I still had a little voice in the back of my head that wanted to have a creative outlet. So we got to our one year anniversary and took a trip down to Puerto Rico. Karisa brought her ukulele along and we were sitting with it around by the beach one night when we made up a song, and it was like one of those “aha moments.” That was the genesis.
SP: What came next?
CH: It was more of a hobby initially and then a few years went by and things got a little more serious. We started playing more shows and then eventually it got to the point where we were like, “Hey, do we want to do this as a full-time thing?” So it was a progression.
SP: You bring a range of genres and elements to your music. What’s your songwriting process like?
CH: We both take leads on different songs and with our writing. My songs tend to be a little more introspective and singer-songwriter style while Karisa plays the ukulele a lot and has more of a happy, peppy vibe to her songs. It creates a good mixture. A lot of the sentiments that are written about harken back to the phrase “you knew me when.”
SP: Speaking of that phrase, you say that you feel like your name [You Knew Me When] is something everyone can relate to. Can you elaborate?
CH: It kind of harkens back to our relationship. We’ve been a couple for twelve years now so we’ve obviously grown and changed a lot in that time frame, but outside of our personal relationship, it’s kind of one of those great things where people can reflect back about how things change--how people grow and progress and evolve.
SP: Your musical roots are in Nashville. With so many other artists trying to get their start there, did it ever feel like you might not get the notice you were looking for?
CH: Nashville is a fickle beast when it comes to music. It can be one of the greatest benefits as a musician because you have a lot of resources at your fingertips. But it can obviously pose some challenges at the same time because there’s just a lot of people doing the same thing. Part of the point of us getting out and touring around is because we kind of felt like we needed to get out of Nashville to let ourselves expand beyond that market.
SP: What’s one song that represents your latest album, “You, Me, and the Rest of the World” best?
CH: That’s a good question. I think the first track, a song called “Slow Down.” The sentiment of the song is really about living each moment as it comes and not getting caught up in all the craziness that’s going on around you. The whole album is about taking a step back to embrace and appreciate what you’ve got.
SP: While touring, you’ve been to Colorado quite a few times and now you’re coming back. What is it about the crowds here that you like?
They always seem to be a really receptive audience for our style of music – people that are into listening to good music, kicking back and having a good beer. They’re always shows we look forward to coming to.