RORY HOFFMAN & FAMILY
Raised on a small ranch near Lemmon, South Dakota, Rory Hoffman grew up touring and recording with his family’s Gospel band. Today, he is a Nashville based multi-instrumentalist.
He began teaching himself to play guitar and piano when he was just three years old. By the time he was ready for kindergarten, he was the family band’s drummer. He plays more than a dozen stringed, keyboard and wind instruments.
Blind since birth, Rory has played the Grand Ole Opry many times, as a soloist and accompanying Kathy Mattea, Ricky Skaggs and John Cowan. He’s played numerous notable festivals including Telluride with Cowan and Djangofest as part of the John Jorgenson quintet. Kacey Musgraves asked him to play on her Christmas album and he was a part of her 2016 tour.
He has toured around the world and plays in local Nashville bands, including 50 Shades of Hay and The Gypsy Hombres. He’s been featured in “Just Jazz Guitar” and “Guitar Player” magazines and has twice won Musician of the Year from Nashville’s ICMA. He is a 2012 inductee into the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame.
He also won the 1999 Grand Champion Instrumentalist at the Christian Artist Seminar in the Rockies and in 2001 he went to Nashville to record his Gospel instrumental CD, “Blind Faith.” He helped form Depot Music Productions in Mobridge, SD where he self-produced his second album “fishin’” choosing country music as his theme. While at Depot, he produced several other studio projects for regional artists.
In 2008, he moved to Nashville and three years later released his third album, “Swing Expedition.” This project demonstrates his virtuosity and creativity on almost every instrument he plays. The tunes range from a gypsy jazz arrangement of the Star Wars Theme, a bossa nova rendition of a classic country song and an all-harmonica version of a Cole Porter standard.
“Tour de Fourth,” his fourth CD was released in 2016 and features music that demonstrates Rory’s musicianship and diverse interests in Western Swing, Jazz, Latin, Gypsy Jazz, Blugrass, Gospel and Country music. The project includes original song and wild arrangements of standards. On this one, Rory features more than 25 friends – each Nashville virtuosos.