HopTown is a trio from the San Francisco Bay area. The current lineup has been performing together since 2007. Led by guitarist/singer-songwriter Roy Elder, the rhythm section is powered by half bothers, Alex Kamages and Hugh Hunter. With their collective music experience spanning over two decades, these three guys tap into every influence that has crossed their musical paths. Roy grew up in Detroit and was playing bass in punk rock bands early on in his career. A move to Ann Arbor and a deal on an upright bass got him playing in bluegrass bands. After moving to California, Roy was turned onto Steve Earle and Alejandro Escovedo. After that, there didn't seem to be any reason to define a sound around one style. Alex and Roy hooked up in 2005 and played off and on in various projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was while recording Roy's music that Alex pushed to start playing out. Hugh was brought into the project on bass and HopTown was born.
The HopTown Sound
As a band, HopTown is proud of the raw guitar driven sound that has come to define them. A HopTown show will feature both electric and acoustic songs in a mix bag of originals and interpretations. The music is always solid and intense. There is no extended noodling coming from these three guys.
Some of HopTown's influences include Frank Black, Buddy Miller and Alejandro Escovedo.