Nine Questions with Rich Hope

Name: Rich Hope     

Birthplace: Edmonton, AB

Currently residing: Vancouver, BC

Musical past and present in one rambling run-on sentence: Made first record in 1998 called “Good To Go” followed by 5 yrs in John Ford, who were a band ahead of it’s time or behind it’s time depending on how you look at it we made a self-titled album in 1999 and got signed to EMI and wasted their money while they wasted our time and we put out 2003’s Bullets For Dreamers and then i went back to my own thing and put out Rich Hope and His Evil Doers (Maximum Music) in 2005 and lots of people liked it and then i put out Rich Hope is Gonna Whip It on Ya (Sandbag Records, 2009) as a two-piece trashy boogie blues machine and played the Olympics and did some big shows with some big acts and even more people dug us and then we put out a single last year called I See Trouble (Sandbag, 2010) and made a great video with the Zenga Brothers and even more people dug that and I’m working on a new album that’ll probably be country like they used to make when country didn’t suck.


1.  Who are some of your favourite composers, musicians and bands from the past and present?

The Clash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, The ROlling Stones, Jr. Kimbrough, Son House, RL Burnside, The Dirtbombs, Doug Sahm/Sir Douglas Quintet

 2.  Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?

2nd verse of The Clash’s “Tommy Gun” Love Mick Jones guitar part.

 3.  How would you describe your perfect day?

I would describe it as a “perfect day”

 4.  What would your friends say they appreciate the most about you?

Ask them.   

5.  What is your most valued material possession?

Don’t have one.  Stuff is just stuff. But I do love my guitars and bicycles.    

6.  Who were you, or would you be nervous to meet?

Bruce Springsteen.  

7.  If you could blink your eyes and be in a favourite place right now, where would that place be?

On my bicycle.

8.  Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?

Make more music 

9. Where would you like to find yourself in ten years?

Hanging out with my kids

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