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The Chocolate Crackers / Bio

The Chocolate Crackers were formed by shear happenstance. Bass player Jeromiah Bliss met lead singer, Lee Hood, in a literature class at Upper Iowa University in Waterloo, Iowa in the fall of 2006. One evening Jeromiah overheard Lee singing to himself before the start of class and was "blown away." Lee told Jeromiah that he was impressed with him being in a band because that's what he "always wanted to do." So, the two decided that they should "do something" together musically.

It wasn't until almost a year later, in August of 2007, that the two musicians finally got together for a morning jam session at Jeromiah's house in Allison, Iowa. For some reason Jeromiah wasn't quite happy with the results they were getting so he called up his friend, semi-retired, local guitar legend Trent Poppe to see if he wanted to meet Lee and jam a little. Previously, Trent had expressed to Jeromiah that he was "itching to get back to performing with a band" but was leery from his past experiences. If Trent were to start/join a new band it would have to be with the right people/right musicians. In his words, it would have to be the "perfect situation." Knowing that Lee was nice guy with a great voice and that his own bass playing had improved exponentially, Jeromiah convinced Trent to meet him and Lee that evening at Trent's home in Clarksville, Iowa for an impromptu jam session

After Trent set up the family dining room Jeromiah and Lee showed up to jam. After jamming on soul classics like "Mustang Sally" and "Dear Mr. Fantasy," the musicians exchanged compliments all-around expressing mutual admiration. Each was so wowed with the others that they decided to meet again the following week.

At the next session there was definite energy but [perhaps due to Lee's inexperience] not much in the way of results. They were about to call the session to a close when Trent decided to give a new song one more try. He pulled up the lyrics to "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," a classic tune by the legendary band U2, and told Lee to sing it "like this." Trent gave Jeromiah the guitar, took out his mandolin and Lee starting to sing. After a few moments Trent stopped the session and decided to record the performance. Trent, Jeromiah, and Lee listened in amazement. They couldn't believe that this brilliance was coming from 3 musicians who'd only been playing together for a couple of hours.

At the end of the session they agreed to meet again the following week thus beginning a musical partnership known as the Chocolate Crackers.

General Info

Band Members
Lee Hood-Vocals, Trent Poppe-Vocals/Guitar, Jeromiah Bliss-Vocals/Bass, Troy Toma-Vocals/Drums, Jeff Nelson-Vocals/Guitar
Artist Name
The Chocolate Crackers
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Active Since
Rock / Classic Rock / Blues

Contact Info

Cedar Falls, IA

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