NEw Mexican is the solo project of American folk rock musician Matt Hoffman.
Born in Las Cruces, NM and raised in Fort Collins, CO, Hoffman grew up singing and playing piano, drums and guitar. His father is the son of a New Mexican small businessman who was the owner of Hoffman's Melody Shop in Alamogordo, NM during the late 1940s through the late 1960s. Hoffman's mother was born in hanover, germany, the daughter of a rocket scientist. in the 1950s her family immigrated to the U.S., landing at Holloman Air force Base in southern New Mexico. Hoffman feels strongly connected with these roots: his earliest musical instruction came from his Oma, a talented musician and painter, whose artwork of myriad New Mexican landscapes is featured on this website. Hoffman also plays his father's 1973 Guild Dreadnought as his main acoustic.
In high school Hoffman's focus was drums, and much of his initial experience in bands took place behind a drum kit. However, he always took a keen interest in the language of music, studying intently both formally and in his own songwriting and composition.
In 2009 Hoffman collaborated with Trent Nelson, and the two of them formed the band Strange Americans. Their debut album, A Royal Battle released in 2012 and was received with "almost unanimous enthusiasm" in the Denver community, (ListenUpDenver). The record placed on many lists including Marquee Magazine's 10 Best Local Releases of 2012 and landed Strange Americans alongside Denver bands to watch including the Lumineers.
Since A Royal Battle Hoffman has released Lateral Moves (EP, solo, 2013), Mammoth Cave Live (EP, solo, 2014), and most recently released That Kind of Luster (Strange Americans, 2014).
New Mexican has shared the stage with such acts as Jeffrey Foucault, Sean Rowe, and Marco Benevento. Strange Americans have shared the stage with chris stapleton, Old 97's, SHakey Graves, Guided By Voices, Water Liars, Cory Branan, the Mother Hips, Dead Confederate and The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo).
(photo by merne judson the third).
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“ . . . absolutely timeless, tracing the steps of some of the greatest folk and Americana interpreters.”
“Consider the close-in immediacy of Hiss Golden Messenger triangulated with the cinematic scope of Calexico - a space on the smudged and torn map that's well-removed from the noise of the nearest city.” -ROUTES & BRANCHES
"In his own way, this New Mexico native is taking cues from the likes of Waits, Steinbeck and Hemingway as he strives to shine light on the plight of working-class men and women in our time — and while that’s not always pretty, this record has very few blemishes.” -MARQUEE MAGAZINE
“. . . lush arrangements over Springteenesque stories about coal miners, factory workers and Hoffman himself, all wondering about their station in life and if there is something bigger out there.” -DENVER WESTWORD
"Channeling Bruce Springsteen through a folk and Americana sound . . . In our divisive times we are need of artistic voices to speak for the everyman and his struggles without judgement, and 'Letters' makes it clear that New Mexican possesses this ability.” -GLIDE MAGAZINE
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