The Hoagland Conspiracy, starring singer/songwriter Ted
Hoagland, performs all over town: at SOhO, The Creekside Inn,
Legends Lounge, and more, including shows tonight — April 6 — at
Alcazar on the Mesa; Saturday, April 8, at Isla Vista’s Earth Day
Festival in Anisq’oyo Park; and on May 12 at Cold Spring Tavern. I
asked the ubiquitous Hoagland about this whirlwind of musical
activity and he responded with typical good humor.
You’re playing everywhere in Santa Barbara, performing
songs from your new album. So, what’s next? It’s great
that people are responding to the album and our shows. I’m
going to keep writing songs and singing them. That’s the extent of
my business plan so far. Sure, one day I hope to sing for the pope,
but I don’t want to get ahead of myself.
Your lyrics show a talent for storytelling. In 10 words
or less, how would you describe the characters in your
songs? Well-meaning but scrappy loners with a screw loose,
The listeners of The Hoagland Conspiracy want to know,
what’s the conspiracy? I could tell you, but you’d have to
kill me. There are clues on the CD, however.