“Sideman”: Dave Durocher and Jim Hoke, Nippertonians in Nashville

April 2nd, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg

Yes, it’s a meeting of two Nippertown expats…

Longtime Local 518 music fans will remember Dave Durocher as a versatile drummer on the scene, perhaps most notably with the rockabilly band Jeannie Smith & the Hurricanes, who chased their major-label dreams to Nashville.

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All these years later Durocher is still based in Music City, and he has recently launched a new online video series, “Sideman,” which finds him interviewing the musicians who help make the music we love but who rarely step into the spotlight.

Episodes of “Sideman” feature interviews with power-popster Bill Lloyd (Foster & Lloyd), George Marinelli (Bruce Hornsby & the Range, Bonnie Raitt) and the E Street Band’s bassist Garry Tallent.

Of particular note in the series is his interview with multi-talented Schenectady native Jim Hoke, who is a go-to guy on the Nashville scene for saxophone and other woodwinds, harmonica, pedal steel guitar and a whole bunch of other instruments. Hoke – the brother of The Daily Gazette music writer Michael Hochanadel – has an almost impossibly varied and rich discography that stretches from George Jones to NRBQ, from My Morning Jacket to Burt Bacharach, from Buddy Guy to John Legend.