Brooks Hubbard Returns For Three Weekend Sets

  • Singer-songwriter Brooks Hubbard, who grew up in Enfield, N.H., performs at Jesse's Restaurant in Hanover, N.H., on Sept. 18, 2015. Hubbard moved to Nashville after getting experience playing at several Upper Valley restaurants and taverns. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Valley News Staff Writer
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Brooks Hubbard looked out the window of his Nashville apartment Tuesday morning and laughed.

“I’m in the middle of a snowstorm here,” the Enfield-native singer and writer of country-inflected rock said during a phone conversation on Tuesday morning. “It’s the second one in a week. All the milk and bread in all the stores is gone.

“When we get barely an inch, everybody kind of stays home.”

Not Hubbard: After performing solo acoustic shows at three of the Upper Valley chain of Salt hill Pubs tonight, Friday and Saturday nights, he’ll be driving back to Nashville in the van that his father, veteran troubadour Gary Hubbard, helped him acquire to shuttle the Brooks Hubbard Band on a tour of the western United States this winter and then the Northeast in the spring.

“Being in Nashville is great, because we’re centrally located and we can go out for a weekend and go back, but now we can go for two or three weeks at a time,” said Hubbard, a 2010 graduate of Mascoma Valley Regional High School. “At some point we’d like to find an artist to pair up with, go out on the road with and open for.”

On the upcoming tour, Hubbard and his team will focus on his most recent album, American Story, which mixes love songs with ruminations on the intersection between current events and history. In We Won’t Tolerate It, he refers both to the recent Dakota XL Pipeline protest on the Great Plains and to past government abuses of Native Americans.

“I was a political science major at Keene State,” Hubbard said. “The record reflects the good, the bad and the ugly of America. … It’s a cry for better times.”

One of Hubbard’s mentors, seasonal Woodstock resident Val McCallum, produced the 12-song album, mostly with his own money and network of session musicians.

“We did it in Los Angeles in February in three or four days,” Hubbard recalled. “We cut pretty much everything on the first and second take. Even for those L.A. guys, they were impressed with how quickly we worked.

“Now I’ve got to go out on the road and bring it to the people.”

Brooks Hubbard performs at Salt hill Pub in downtown Lebanon tonight at 8, at Salt hill in Newport on Friday night at 9 and at Salt hill in West Lebanon on Saturday night at 9.