“Many country musicians find inspiration in pathos. The Hopeful Romantics go one step further, telling stories of tempestuous relationships, addiction, and death in such sordid and hard-boiled detail that they could almost be crime reporters for a small-town newspaper. The characters in this album fail drug tests, fall in love, get jilted, break up, thump Bibles, and die young. The songs are old-timey and melodic, enhanced by Hope Savage's pliant female tenor. (self-released)”
“String band, the Hopeful Romantics have one foot in the past, singing sweet country harmonies with a bit of a twang, but they give their classic Americana a modern feel by taking inspiration also from such innovative alt-country songwriters like Gillian Welch and Neko Case. This five-piece ensemble mix it up with guitars, a mandolin, fiddle and an upright bass, telling little stories in song format, like they did in the good old days. It's authentic, yet it's glaringly obvious these are some city slickers, which isn't a bad thing. It gives their music a freshness, rather than sounding like an old timey tribute band. - Aaron Carnes sanjose.com”
"The Hopeful Romantics are a Martinez, California-based Americana outfit, about as grounded in musical devotion as one could possibly be while dividing their attentions between thematic issues as diverse as religious conversion, death, loneliness, love, and murder. They are like the Arcade Fire of Americana Sundays at the popular venue Armando's in Martinez, an irreverent blast of satirical wit and wood music excellence fueled by a set of character-laden voices that gift the whole enterprise with lift well above what one could possibly imagine. The Hopeful Romantics are a real delight, a great find for the "pure" music lovers among us. No artifice at all here, just thoughtful, humorous, and wonderfully-executed original music. Testimony to their range and excellence is that I couldn't decide which of their videos to feature, each successive review of alternatives yielding wonders exceeding those of the previous offerings, all of which are great."
“The local Martinez band, The Hopeful Romantics (‘Tics), is keeping this traditional (FOLK) music alive. With the release of their second CD, Callin’ Your Name, the ‘Tics have put together thirteen clever and tuneful songs. The album opens with a heart-wrenching ballad on the demise of a teenage drug addicted girl named “Angelina.” The haunting pedal steel guitar in the background only adds to this extremely sad song. Then there is the interstellar man “Jesus of Roswell,” a cheery tune about an alien encounter and taking us to the Promised Land. These two songs represent some of the ‘Tics most effective songwriting, from bleak to laugh-out-loud funny! My favorite song of the album is “Invite the Last Tear.” The sincerity of Hope Savage’s vocals on this song, about the end of a relationship, is raw and passionate. What a combination of great vocals, superb musicianship and wonderful songwriting! I highly recommend this collection of songs of social consciousness”
"Invite The Last Tear". This song is a beautiful illustration of what its like when a couple comes to the end of a long relationship. When you've known and loved someone for so long its not easy to move on without shedding some final tears of sadness. The songwriting and music production are great and the vocal performance is marvelous. The lead singer's voice really pulls at your heartstrings and you can feel the pain in the songwriter's message. I love this song! Other great songs by THR include: Could Be Thursday, Johnny Lee Miller, and Come Home. These tracks in particular, really stood out to me because I could relate to the message being conveyed in these songs. An awesome album that I believe Americana and Folk music fans will enjoy. As a band, The Hopeful Romantics are like a slice of pumpkin pie and a hot cup of Starbucks coffee -- the perfect blend of sugar, spice and warmth. Don't miss out on this amazing band...go visit their website now!
“Pete Wilson's Annual Show "The Best Music You've Never Heard" KGO Radio host RON OWENS and San Jose Mercury News Music Critic BRAD KAVA review "Invite The Last Tear" which made 7th of over 150 submittals. Written by Hope Savage and Danny White, Here is what they had to say: "Wow, Tracy Chapman!" "Unreal" "Got that Natalie Merchant kind of feel. Serious, mature" "That's phenomenal!" "This is great stuff!"”
"Love the real musicians! You guys are great. Really enjoy their music!" Kellie Fuller * Kellie in the Morning Show
“Hope Savage and Danny White's song "Invite the Last Tear" is selected as a finalist in the folk category, 12th Annual Great American Song Contest GASC FINALISTS / 2010 Review: "THERE IS SOME REAL TALENT BEHIND THIS SONG AND THE HOOK IS EXCELLENT! (A "10"). The laid-back, melancholy vibe is quite fitting for the sad and trying theme as well. This is strong enough to be passed along to the finalist tier of judging. Keep up the good work and good luck with your music. The number of songs selected from the 12th Annual Great American Song Contest exceeded any previous year, according to GASC Judges, who reviewed entries from over 1600 songwriters in 45 countries. ”
“Interview done for Vallejo Public Access Television”
“Another Stand out track, "Johnnie Lee Miller," opens with a simple yet powerful guitar lick that immediately grabs your attention, followed with a mandolin and pedal steel counter punch that is joined by a haunting harmonica before the first words are even sung. In my opinion this is really the most narrative song of the collection, a tale of abuse and murder – that musically grabs you before you even realize the subject matter – it's just so damn catchy. The story is laid out before you and it also features harmony vocals that at times reminded me of Sandy Denny's work on Led Zeppelins 4th release - obviously this is a personal favorite on this collection. ”
“We speak today of the Hopeful Romantics, a group of musicians formed about a year ago around the rallying cry of Americana music, a mongrel hybrid of bluegrass, country, Appalachian, back porch, Grateful Dead-tinged hippie folk, with subtle dabbles of rock and roll at the creamy center, though you have to listen closely to hear that.”