The Compact / Bio

About The Compact

From Roots-Rock to Folk-Funk, this one-of-a- kind ensemble weaves tapestries of musical fare with depth and spontaneity.  Whether it’s the acoustic duet or the full band, The Compact continue to captivate audiences with an instantly recognizable sound all their own. With catchy originals, irresistible grooves, and adventurous musicianship, even cover songs have The Compact’s signature all over them, always leaving audiences on their feet.

The band’s core is the song-writing team of Erin Hobson and Steven W Ross.  Together they churn out catchy melodies and rhythmic syncopations that never cease to surprise.  The Compact has released two albums, and a third is on the way.  The band-member’s resumes reads like a veritable who’s who from decades of musical hits and major tours.  The trio includes Gary Burke on drums, and the quartet features Ross Rice on keys. 

As they finish their third album, 1@AX (One At A Time), for a late spring radio release, their calendar is full of live shows that continue to build the band’s name and fan base at an escalating rate. A major departure from the previous recordings, The Compact’s new sound rocks the house with hooks that hits are made of and an emphasis on killer grooves topped with unique harmonies.

Radio Success

The Compact’s first album was 2009’s critically acclaimed “Talk Radio.” The follow up, “Fortune Cookie Philosophy” (released August 2011) contained three tracks that simultaneously (and unusually) reached rotation on hundreds of Roots, Triple-A, College and Non-Comm radio stations from New Hampshire to Hawaii and in the Virgin Islands. Songs from both albums continue to play on nationally syndicated radio shows,, Sirius-XM radio, and locally on WDST, WRWD, WKZE, WVKR, and WRPI.

Live Performances

The Compact performs regularly at every top music venue in The Hudson Valley, as well as New York City. These include Bardavon / UPAC, The Bearsville Theater, The Towne Crier, The Falcon, Helsinki Hudson, The Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, Sullivan Hall, and many more. They have also performed at high profile festivals such as Mountain Jam (VII in 2011 and IX coming in 2013). There are currently plans for a short regional tour with Elliott Randall, best known for his guitar work with Steely Dan, including his iconic solo in “Reelin‘ In The Years.”

Recently the band has shared the stage with Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Orleans, Jakob Dylan, David Johansen, Jazz great Brad Meldhau, Robert Randolph, The Tubes, Rusted Root, The Bacon Brothers, Dave Mason, Chris Trapper, and the list goes on.

General Info

Band Members
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The Compact
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Alternative / Americana / Folk Rock

Contact Info

Red Hook, NY

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