Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Arts & Entertainment
  3. Music

Schwindy's indie music spotlight: Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers

See also

Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers


I receive a lot of music both in my email inbox and my PO box. Some of the albums I receive are a complete revelation. The self-titled album from Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers is a great example of this. I had not heard of this band prior to receiving the album, but I thought it a good indicator when I removed the CD from the jewel case and saw SOUL! in 144-point font on the inside cover of the jewel case.

Soul means different things to different folks, but Josh Hoyer's brand of soul is steeped in the music of Otis Redding and other classic soul artists. When I heard "Illusion," only one artist popped into my head: Dr. John. Hoyer not only sounds like Dr. John in the vocals on this song. He also reminds me of Dr. John because this is a politically outspoken song. Hoyer sings that donkeys and elephants are all in bed with the lobbyists. In the chorus, he sings, "What it is / What you see / It's not the same thing." Amen to that. I don't know about you, but I always think it's nice to hear someone sing what so many of us think.

If you want a great example of the old-time feel of this album, check out "Everyday and Everynight." With the horns and the rhythm, this is a song that straddles the line between soul and blues. This song reminds me a lot of Orange County's own Harlis Sweetwater Band. "'Til She's Lovin' Someone Else" is another great tune that sounds older than it is. It's easy to imagine the Blues Brothers (or a band dressed just like them) performing this song.

If you're a fan of soul and blues, you will love this album...and you'll probably find it incredibly easy to work up a sweat dancing to it. The self-titled album from Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers is available now.

Contact me if you want to be considered for an upcoming edition of Schwindy's indie music spotlight.
Gmail: gonewiththeschwind
Facebook: gary.schwind
Twitter: incognitomag
PO Box 2070, Mission Viejo CA 92690


Today's top buzz...

  • Jack White
    Jack White has played the longest show of his career, going for over three hours
    Music Buzz
  • Donald Sterling
    Donald Sterling loses big in court, Clippers sale will proceed
    Today's Buzz
  • Steve Nash
    The Los Angeles Lakers will not use stretch provision on Steve Nash
    NBA Buzz
  • Peter Gabriel
    Peter Gabriel revisits classics in new concert film 'Back to Front'
    20 Photos
  • Train
    Train rocks an outdoor show with old favorites and new hits in Tahoe
    15 Photos
  • Rascal Flatts
    Rascal Flatts to perform at Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va.
    11 Photos

Related Videos:

  • Kenny Lavender puts his ‘Conscious Journey’ to big band use
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • The Trims release video for "Now You're Gone"
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Steve Khan’s June 24th release creates ‘Subtext’ of jazz
    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>