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October 2006

ball Andi Hoffmann & B-Goes will be back in Europe for Oktober and November 06
ball Find out how we offset our tour pollution!!!!
ball The new CD "Live at Gruetli" will be released in Europe on October28th!
ball Andi has founded Green Light New Orleans
Green Light New Orleans is an environmental organization. They provide low and middle income families, individuals and businesses with compact fluorescent light bulbs. This is a way to help New Orleans!!
ball We are close to signing a deal with a local record company for a new album to be recorded early 2007.
ball We are currently working on a plan to offset the polution we create through touring (airplane,van). We keep you ujpdated and will post the plan on the website before leaving for Europe.

August 2006

ball Andi Hoffmann & B-Goes will be back in Europe for Oktober and November 06
ball Find out how we offset our tour pollution!!!!
ball Dave McNair (Dante Street) is currently mixing tapes that we recorded last November.
Official release date is October 23rd
ball Andi has founded Green Light New Orleans
Green Light New Orleans is an environmental organization. They provide low and middle income families, individuals and businesses with compact fluorescent light bulbs. This is a way to help New Orleans!!
ball We are close to signing a deal with a local record company for a new album to be recorded early 2007.
ball We are currently working on a plan to offset the polution we create through touring (airplane,van). We keep you ujpdated and will post the plan on the website before leaving for Europe.

May 2006

2 Reviews from the Blues Tage Roth

Hinreissend eingaengig und vor allem unwiderstehlich entspannt. Hier wird klar, was Amerikaner mit “laid back feeling” meinen, denn der Wohlfuehlfaktor ist bei diesem internationalen Quartett wirklich extrem hoch.
- Roth Volkszeitung-- Hans von Draminski - Blues Tage Roth 2006

Eine wunderbar verspielte Truppe aus New Orleans. Da wurde mit viel Liebe Cajun, Zydecco, Reggae, Folk, Rock und Soul gemischt. Bassist Thomas MacDonald scattet wie einst Al Jarreau, Andi Hoffmann packte das Accordion aus und Robert Mache streichelt die Mandoline. Dazu kommt, dass man die ganze Zeit das Gefuehl hatte, Hoffmann waere Arlo Guthries kleiner Bruder.
- Hilpoltsteiner Kurier- Rainer Messingschlager 2006


April 2006

Swiss TV will broadcast Andi Hoffmann & B-Goes music night live at Muehle Hunziken on April 29. The DVD of this show will be released in October 2006. This will also be the planned release of the "Live at the Gruetli" volume 1. It is a pleasure to announce that Dave McNair (Dante Street) will mix the album in May. Thanks to everyone for making our spring tour a success. Thanks to Klaus Steigmeier from the Blues Tage Roth and The Blues Band for their support. Andi would also like to thank SUISA , the Buergi Willert Stiftung and countless friends for their support during the hard times right after the hurricane! You all made a difference in our lives!

March 2006

We are on tour in Europe! Check out a song from our special tour CD. The Live CD is available at gigs only !
Andi Hoffmann & B-Goes

January 2006

We wish you a happy new year! Andi and his family will return to New Orleans on January 10th. Thanks to all the friends in Santa Fe for their help and support!
Andi Hoffmann & B-Goes

Check the tour schedule for updates on our New Orleans and European dates!

November 2005

The B-Goes are back in the US. Thanks to all our fans and friends in Germany and Switzerland! We have been welcomed with generosity and enjoyed playing your great clubs. Thanks to all the clubs and agents for booking the B-Goes and to all the fans who came out to see us. We plan to go back in March for another tour. I stayed in New Orleans for ten days until after Thanksgiving. Uptown New Orleans and areas close to the Mississippi River are slowly coming back to some kind of normal life. Restaurants, Coffee Shops and grocery stores are open. So is my local Music Bar Carrollton Station and The Maple Leaf. In EuropeI have realized that those few reports of normal life tend to create an image, that New Orleans is back on it's feet. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. NEW ORLEANS IS NOT OK and still needs a lot of help. Large parts of the city is still without power and not habitable. Those parts of the city, which got flooded are mostly deserted. And this is 80% of the city. Andi Hoffmann & B-GoesThere are a few signs of hope though. One of those is the Banks Street Bar in Mid City. Maria Guth has opened the bar even though there is no power. She and her bartender run the bar every day by candle light (see photo to right). Maria has lost everything in her house in Lakeview and the bar got several feet of water. She lost the contents of the bar including the sound system. Andi Hoffmann & B-GoesBy operating the bar under these conditions she brings back life to an area where the streets are empty and dark at night. On Novemebr 1st 2005 we played a fundraiser event in Samedan, Switzerland. The show was organised by the music club and Hotel Palazzo Mysanos and supported by th office of tourism of Samedan. We were happy to present Maria a check on behalf of the people of Samedan. It will cover a part of the replacement of her sound system, which is deperately needed to keep life music going at her club as soon as she has power restored. We thank Maria for keeping the spirit alive in Mid City.

October 2005

We are currently on tour in Europe playing clubs from Bern, Switzerland all the way to Berlin, Germany.Andi Hoffmann & B-Goes Mid November Robert and Lehman will return to Memphis, Elisabeth to Austin, Andi to Santa Fe, Adele to Mandeville and Thomas to New Orleans. There are more and more B-Goes fans in europe and we will tour there twice a year. Contact Andi or Adele if you want to see us in your favorite club! (photo of Andi by Adele Dauphine)

September 2005

All B-Goes members got displaced due to hurricane Katrina. I am speechless about the destruction of New Orleans. The city needs help, money and most of all its people back!


March 2005

Hey B-Goes Fans, Andi Hoffmann & B-Goes have been invited to showcase at South By Southwest in Austin, TX. This is a great opportunity for us and it's something we're really excited about. We'll be playing Wednesday, March 16th, 11:00 pm, at Mother Egan's Irish Pub on 6th Street. Our showcase night is being presented by the State of Louisiana and includes Amanda Shaw, Jeff & Vida, Papa Mali and the Bluerunners. We will also perform Thursday, March 17th 2:00 pm, at the State of Louisiana's first official party. location: BrushSquarePark(400 block ofEast Fourth Street, one block from the Convention Center) More info here: If you're in the area, we'd love to see you there; also, please tell your Austin friends and family to stop by and say hello. 2005 has been very busy for us, and we should be playing a show near you soon. Check for tour updates and the latest band news. We're also hard at work on a new CD, tentatively slated for a Fall '05 release. All the best to you and yours,

February 2005

Andi Hoffmann and B-Goes are invited for a showcase at the SXSW conference in Austin. Exact time and date will be announced. We will also be in Europe in October and November 2005

January 2005

Buffalo Records in Japan anounced the release of a compilation album with a lot of great New Orleans music. The B-Goes cut "Living in the big wide world" will be part of the compilation. We will keep you updated about the exact track listing and where to get it.

June 2004

Call any of these radio stations and request a song of the new album "Living in the big wide world":

Company Name City Zip request line
KUAC-FM 89.9. Fairbanks AK 99707 907-479-8995
WZEW Mobile AL 36604 251-433-9236
WQNR 99.9 Auburn AL 36832
WEGL 91. Auburn University AL 36849-5231
KPRI San Diego CA 92122
KFOG 104.5 San Francisco CA 94105 1-800-300-KFOG
KZSU 90.1 Music Director Stanford CA 94309 650-723-9010
KPFA 94.1 Berkeley CA 94704
KRCB Rohnert Park CA 94928 707-585 6284
KPIG Watsonville CA 95076 831-722-2299
KRSH 95.9 Santa Rosa CA 95407

KOZT Fort Bragg CA 95437
KHUM Ferndale CA 95536 707-786-5104
KCUV Denver CO 80202
KFMU 104.1 Steamboat Springs CO 80477 970-879-5368
KRFC 88.9 FM Fort Collins CO 80524 970-221-5065
KSUT Public Radio Ignacio CO 81137 970-563-0255
KAFM 88.1 Grand Junction CO 81502 970-241-8801
WKZE 98.1 Sharon CT 06069

Killingworth CT 06419
WPKN Radio Bridgeport CT 06604 203-9756-9756
WTTS 92.3 Indianapolis IN 46204 1-800-923-9887
WTTS 92.3 Indianapolis IN 46204
WFHB 91.3 Bloomington IN 47404
KZPL 97.3 Overland Park KS 66209 913-576-7973
WFPK 91.9 Louisville KY 40202 502-814-6500
MSPR Morehead State University Morehead KY 40351
WRFL 88.1 Music Director Lexington KY 40506 (859)257-4636
WHAY 98.3 Whitley City KY 42653
WXRT 93 Chicago llinois 60641 773-777-1700
WRNX Holyoke MA 01040 413-536-1009
WRSI 93.9 Northhampton MA 01060 413-586-8939
WXRV 92.2 Haverhill MA 01830 1-800-352-9250
WBOS 92.9 Boston MA 02125 617- 822-9600
WMVY Tisburg MA 02568 508-693-4994
WTMD 89.7 Towson University
Towson MD 21252 410-704-8936
WRNR-FM 103.1 Annapolis MD 21401 410-269-1031
WCLZ 98.9 Portland ME 04101 207-799-9899
WCBN FM Ann Arbor MI 48109-1316 734-763-3500
WDET 101.9 Detroit MI 48201 313-577-4146
KTCZ Minneapolis MN 55416 651-989-9797
KCLC 89.1 Lindenwood University St Charles MO 63301
KTBG 90.9 Warrensburg MO 64093 660-543-4130
KBXR 102.3 Columbia MO 65201 573-449-7770
KMMS 95.1 The Moose Bozeman MT 59715 406-587-0951
KGLT FM Montana State University-Bozeman Bozeman MT 59717-4240

WSGE 91.7 - Gaston college Dallas NC 28034 704-922-4286
WNCW Spindale NC 28160
WUIN The Carolina Penguin 106.7 Wilmington NC 28403 910-332-1067
WMWV 93.5, Mt. Washington Radio Conway NH 03818 603-356-9930
WFDU 89.1 Fairleigh Dickinson University
Metropolitan Campus
NJ 07666

WDVR-FM Segeantsville NJ 08557
KGLP 91.7 FM
Gallup NM 87301
KBAC Santa Fe NM 87505
KTAOS Taos NM 87571 505-758-8882
KTHX 100.1 FM Reno NV 89501 775-852-5849
WFUV 90.7 Bronx NY 10458
WEHM 92.9 Amagansett NY 11930 1-800-955-WEHM
WDST 100.1 Radio Woodstock Woodstock NY  12498

WCBE 90.5 Columbus OH 43215
WAPS 91.3 The Summit Akron OH 44301
WYSO Antioch University Yellow Springs OH 45387
CIUT 89.5 Toronto ON M5S 2E8

Kink FM 102 Portland OR 97201 503-228-KINK
WYEP 91.3FM Pittsburgh PA 15203 412-381-9900
World Cafe c/o WXPN Philadelphia PA 19104-6005
WXPN 88.5 - Programming Department Philadelphia PA 19104-6005
WWVV Hilton Head Island SC 29928 1-800-566-1049
WRLT Lightning 100 Nashville TN 37219-2206 615-777-5100
WDVX 89.9 Knoxville TN 37927
KPFT 90.1 Houston TX 77006 713-526-5738
KTXN 98.7 Victoria TX 77901 361-573-2121
KSYM 90.1 - Third coast Music Network San Antonio TX 78212 210-733-2800
KBSO 94.7 Corpus Christi TX 78408
KFAN Fredericksburg TX 78624
KGSR 107.1 Austin TX 78753

KENZ 107.5 The end Salt Lake City UT 84115 801-570-1075
WNRN Charlottesville VA 22903 434-979-0919
WNCS the point Montpelier VT 05602 1-877-367-6468
KMTT 103.7 Seattle WA 98101 1-800-676-5688
WBSD 89.1 Burlington WI 53105
WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio 89.7 FM Milwaukee WI 53201
WJMQ Clintonville WI 54929
KUWR Laramie WY 82071


February 2004

There are currently over 35 Andi Hoffmann & B-Goes songs available at the


Download a song for 99 cents!

January 2004

The fundraiser for Hungry for Music ( was a great success. Jeff Campbell (founder of HFM) was able to raise a significant amount of money and was able to provide local kids with music instruments. Laura Freeman, Peter Holsapple and Chris Thomas King and Andi Hoffmann & B-Goes shared the bill.

Robert Mache, Elisabeth Gill, Andi Hoffmann, Thomas McDonald and Carlo Nuccio on drums

November 2003

Check out the Jazz Fest photos © by Scott Saltzman on the photo pages!

September 2003

Glad to hear that radio airplay at WWOZ has picked up

The dates for our European Tour are set. We will be over there between March 9th and March 27th 2004. Robert Mache joined the band on guitar for our most recent dates. He will also travel to Europe with us. He is known for his extensive touring and recording with Steve Wynn, the Continental Drifters and Theresa Anderson.


Robert Mache


May 2003

Thank you for making Jazz Fest 2003 a success!Morephotos will be up soon!

ltr: Tom Marron, Trevor Brooks, Thomas McDonald, Kevin Oday, Andi Hoffmann, Roberto Luti,Elisabeth Gill special guest:Anders Osborne

Hoffmann and Luti- Jazz Fest 2003


April 2003

We are excited to perform on the Acura Stage at this years Jazz & Heritage Festival. Come and see us on Saturday April 26th

Andi Hoffmann & B-Goes Living in the Big Wide World (BTW Records) I first saw Andi Hoffmann & B-Goes play the Neutral Ground a couple years ago and was completely charmed by their quirky songs and on-stage rapport. Basil for Nino, their last full-length album, enthralled me with a mix of French and English melodies and vivid musical and lyrical imagery. Swiss-born Andi Hoffmann's newest release, Living in the Big Wide World, picks up right where the last left off. Overall, Big Wide World is a much tighter album, and the slightly pop-y sound makes the album work in any listening situation. The songs are complex musically, but maintain a loose and light sound that keeps you involved without having to work very hard. What always brings a smile to my face is the slightly odd phrasing of simple ideas that seems to make them new again - even the album title is a little unusual. On the last track of the album, the most prominent lyric is, "I'm riding down to New Orleans to kiss my girl into the night," which seems just a slightly off way of expressing the usual sentiment, but brings to mind something quite different. Andi Hoffmann rarely relies on basic rhyme schemes to make his lyrics work, and they do work, leaving you to marvel at the seeming impossibility. Most of the songs revolve around the theme of coming back home to New Orleans for good livin' and good lovin'. From the sound that they're creating, Andi Hoffmann & B-Goes all seem to be happy to be living in the big wide world; if you need an album to make you feel the same, Big Wide World is the perfect spring-in-New Orleans listen.

­Jes Burns Where Y'At April 2003


Experience colors Hoffmann''s 'World' Friday April 11, 2003 By Keith Spera Music writer Swiss singer-songwriter Andi Hoffmann first visited New Orleans a decade ago, and the city left an indelible impression on him. Soon he had moved here and the city's exotica started to seep into his music and lyrics. That influence informs Andi Hoffmann & B-Goes'' eclectic new "Living In the Big Wide World," his latest take on Americana rock as filtered through a European living in New Orleans. Hoffmann''s spoken approach on the mid-tempo opener, "See It In Your Eyes," recalls "Walk On the Wild Side"-era Lou Reed with a Swiss accent. An accordion heaves in the background of the Swiss "I Liebe di Fuer Immer." A cheery chime pattern through "Exit 20" gives way to a Hammond organ and slide guitar. The title track is built around a sample of a Martin Luther King Jr. speech. As a producer, Hoffmann knows the value of empty space. The shimmering, ghostly guitars of "Kangaroo Cafe" recall the Daniel Lanois-esque moments of Hoffmann's 1999 album "Basil for Nino." "Travel Till I Die" is a standard musician's road song made more compelling by the unusual sonics of the guitar solos. The B-Goes crew is perfectly in the pocket in the quietly percolating "Crystal Waters." Guest star Jimmy Robinson flashes his acoustic guitar chops on the calypso "You Are the Sunshine In My World." Anders Osborne, a Swede now settled in New Orleans, stamps his distinct guitar on four tracks, including the final "Riding To New Orleans." "I'm riding down to New Orleans," Hoffmann sings in a song that yearns to be played at Jazzfest, "and give myself another chance." He's making good use of it. Andi Hoffmann & B-Goes host a CD release party at Carrollton Station tonight. Andi Hoffmann's new 'Living In the Big Wide World' bears the imprint of his time in New Orleans.


The first CD reviews are in:


January 2003

I am shocked how close we are to another war!

You see me kissing in a boat on the Mississippi river
you'll see me downstream where the river's getting wider
you'll see me on the sea heading for the big wide world

I don't care what the government is saying
I don't care how many wars you are winning
I ain't gonna give up living in the big wide world .

I got you you got me that's enough to make a living
we made it before though we didn't make a killing
Paris is waiting I'm heading for the big wide world.

You got me rolling around I'll enjoy it while I can
I will hold on to your hand and kiss you all night long
since the day that we met the movie didn't end
I wish it to all you folks you will experience the same.

Living in the big wide world (Hoffmann October 2001)

If you oppose the current war plans of Bush and Blair please click here

December 2002
I wish everybody a happy new year!2003 looks good so far. We will perform the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on April 26th and plan to tour Europe in fall.
Rob Owen's film A HAPPY PLACE is available now. His movie reminds me of early Jim Jarmush material and is really cool. Rob has used almost every song of the "937 Dante street" album and the "Basil for Nino" album for his sound track. Contact Andi if you would like to get a copy and visit his web site

August 2002

The new CD is done and a pre-release copy in a wonderful wooden box is available in the web site store.

The CD is called "LIVING IN THE BIG WIDE WORLD" and includes the current B-Goes band plus special guests Trevor Brooks, Anders Osborne and Jimmy Robinson. I am very happy about the CD and hope you will like it. Get one of the boxes before they are gone!

Laura Davis film is also in the box and is a wonderful peace of art! I just watched it the other night and was blown away by it. I will keep you posted where it is screened and how you can get copies.

Our Colorado/New Mexico tour was great. We will take it easy for a few weeks and hatch plans for promoting the new CD.

May 2002

New Orleans film maker Rob Owen currently work on a wonderful movie called "a happy place". Songs from "Dante Street" and "Basil for Nino" will be used for the sound track.

New York film maker Laura Davis will include "Reno" in her latest movie"thin air".


We will keep you updated on the release dates of these projects.

Here is a review of a wonderful Jazz Fest event:


It was the Living Legends Hour as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival drew to a close Thursday, featuring the Blind Boys of Alabama in the Gospel Tent and Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys at the Sprint Stage. The three principal Blind Boys -- Clarence Fountain, Jimmy Carter and George Scott -- have bound together their voices in praise for more than 50 years. That bond showed in the deep-bottom harmonies that resonated with the power and authority of a higher purpose.

For their 40-minute set, the Boys showcased material from their Grammy-winning 2001 album, "Spirit of the Century," backed by two electric guitarists, a bassist and a drummer. From the opening "Nobody's Fault But Mine," they moved to the undulating bass and huffed vocals of "Run On for a Long Time," a "Spirit of the Century" highlight. They grafted the lyrics of "Amazing Grace" to the chord progression of "House of the Rising Sun"; Scott rose from his chair and wailed.

The double-time "Solider" signaled that it was time for the spirit, and Carter, to be released. Carter allowed himself to be hoisted off the front of the stage, then plunged directly into the center aisle of the packed tent, just another soldier in the army of the Lord. He immediately disappeared into a swarm of would-be recruits, singing the whole way. Safely deposited back on stage, he joined Fountain and Scott for a final "The Last Time," a deep, rich a cappella benediction for a powerfully moving set.


Ralph Stanley

The "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" juggernaut rolls on. Ralph Stanley, a star of the multimillion-selling roots music soundtrack, and his Clinch Mountain Boys headlined Jazzfest's Sprint PCS/LG Mobile Phone Stage instead of the much smaller Sheraton Fais Do-Do Stage, the usual province of traditional bluegrass acts. The crowd wasn't as big as it was for, say, Cowboy Mouth on Sunday, but several thousand people stood quietly and listened as a 70-something man in a cowboy hat warbled a haunted a cappella number about "flesh falling off the frame."

Stanley rendered that song, "O Death," midway through the set; its impact was not diminished by his reading the lyrics off a sheet of paper. The Clinch Mountain Boys, a collection of acoustic guitars, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and string bass, are the mountain music equivalent of a classical string sextet, and a particularly nimble one at that. Before "O Death," they teamed with Stanley on "Man of Constant Sorrow," the other big "Brother" hit. Their harmonies, skewed much higher than those of the Blind Boys, satisfied in their own way.

Stanley presided over a well-paced set that showcased variations on the bluegrass theme. "A Robin Built a Nest on Daddy's Grave" edged toward the gospel side of the mountain music spectrum. He dusted off "Angel Bound," which he first recorded with his late brother Carter Stanley "in 19-and-54." Strains of Celtic music, a bluegrass taproot, could be detected in the fiddle of "The Girl From the Green Briar Shore." "I've always sung old-time stuff," Stanley said by way of introduction, "but this goes back even further."

"O Death" aside, the genial Stanley is not one to take himself too seriously. He reeled off a couple of polished one-liners and anecdotes like a country Sam Butera. As part of the Clinch Mountain revue, mandolinist John Rigsby made a lickety-split run and fiddler James Price delivered spot-on impersonations of Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. After their set, the Boys hustled back to their shiny new tour bus parked behind the stage, a deluxe aquamarine beauty emblazoned with Ralph Stanley's name. Bluegrass -- it's not just for Appalachians any more.


April 2002

We will be back for another Colorado tour in August 2002

March 2002

in memoriam Jim Charbonnet March 10th

July 2001


Ernie K-Does passed away today at noon at charity Hospital

June 21

Bluesman John Lee Hooker passed away of natural causes in
Los Altos, California. He was 80 years old.

April 2001

It's Jazz Fest time!

Snooks Eaglin & John Cleary



March 2001

How about a degree in popular music since 1955 from the Univerity of Wisconsin! Take their exam and let us know how well you did! click here!

February 2001

Check our tour diary and a Scott Saltzman's Jazz Fest Photo.

December 2000


October 2000

it's election time........check out how many choices the Swiss have!

October 22nd

all FOLK fest

Anders Osborne,Thomas McDonald,Andi Hoffmann,Cori Walthers,Elisabeth Gill,Tom Marron


October 18th

Tom Marron @ Kerry

June 2000

we added a listening station , videos and new links to the

web site!

May 2000


Brandon Graving's art during the B-Goes show(photo:Swartz)

Andi Hoffmann @ Jazz Fest

April 2000
IT's JAZZ FEST TIME!!! We see you at Jazz Fest : Lagniappe Stage 11:25. Please check also our club dates. CD's are available at the Louisiana Music Factory, Virgins and at the Jazz Fest CD tent on the second wekend. You all have a wonderful fest!

February 2000
WIN A TICKET FOR THE CARROLLTON STATION GIG ON FEBRAUARY 18th!!! Send us an email and mention the gig. We will give away 4 tickets and we let the winners know by email at 8PM on the 18th! good luck!
UPDATED 2/11/2000
For over two years now we ve been playing an acoustic show at the Neutral Ground. Even though the gig is on a Wednesday night, we always have a wonderful audience !We would like to say THANK YOU! to those Wednesday night fans and give something back to you! Ken Swartz made a good quality and low budget live recording (perfect for a band like us!) which we just released on The songs were recorded at the Neutral Ground on December 4th 1999.......may be you were there..... This CD is only available through the internet at

January 2000

Swiss photographer RETO CAMENISCH visited Andi in December. Check out his great work on our photo page


we wish you all a happy new year! glad that Andi's MTV debut happened before the year 2000...........unfortunately not with B-Goes...but check out the the new Kid Rock video...and who is sitting in the streetcar...guess who....anyway,hope you will all have a successful new year full of happyness!

"Material progress alone is not sufficient to achieve an ideal society. Even in countries where great external progress has been made, mental problems have increased. No amount of legislation or coercion can accomplish the well-being of society, for this depends upon the internal attitude of the people who comprise it. Therefore, mental development, in harmony with material development, is very important."
Dalai Lama


  • We have Basil for Nino as MP3 available now