Formed in 2015, and rocking Central Illinois and the Midwest. Yes, that’s Illinois, not Indiana. However, Dave's daughter lives in Indiana, so he truly is a "Hoosier Daddy".
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Got a Mountain to Climb
“Hoosier Daddy More Than A Great Name”
Interview by Jon Norton
WGLT 98.1 - NPR from Illinois State University - January 17, 2019
Members of three established Peoria-based bands have come together as the Americana trio Hoosier Daddy.
Former French Connection guitarist Dave Diefendorf's desire to form a trio materialized quickly during a conversation with good friend Cindy Youngren, late of Southside Cindy & the Sliptones.
“He said, ‘I always just wanted a three-piece band. Too bad you don’t play bass.’ I said, ‘Too bad you don’t teach me to play bass.’ And then he taught me to play the bass,” laughed Youngren, who didn’t play an instrument while fronting the Sliptones with her powerful, bluesy voice, though her history includes piano and some rhythm guitar. When former Dave Chastain drummer Larry Wigand called the duo out of the blue halfway through the recording of the CD, at the point their previous drummer was wanting out,
“There you go, when one door closes, another one opens,” said Diefendorf of welcoming in the highly respected Wigand.
Youngren and Diefendorf were in the GLT studios playing songs from Hoosier Daddy’s debut album "Got a Mountain to Climb,” a nine-song rootsy romp full of hooks, alternating lead vocals and tight harmonies.
Like Youngren, Diefendorf is a veteran of the Peoria music scene, and the brother of Dan Diefendorf of the now defunct Sliptones. He and Youngren alternate songwriting credits on this album.
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