David Hoffner

David Hoffner

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Born and raised in Maryland, he began playing piano and ukelele at age five, adding guitar and banjo a few years later. By his teenage years he had a country-rock band, then worked his way through college as a church organist and by playing in the bars around Baltimore. After college, Hoffner moved to Nashville and spent the entire 1980's decade on the road. For most of those years he was pianist and songwriting partner for pop/country star Michael Martin Murphey, playing and writing songs on thirteen Murphey albums.

As a featured instrumentalist, he's performed with many of the nation's symphony orchestras, as well as on The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson & Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Austin City Limits, Nashville Network, Merv Griffin and Hee Haw. He's played the major showrooms of Las Vegas, Reno & Lake Tahoe, and performed onstage with Alabama, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dwight Yoakam, and many others.

After ten years and over a million miles on the road, Dave retired from touring to concentrate on recording and composing. His work on Murphey's albums paved the way to becoming an in-demand Nashville session musician. He's played keyboards and written string arrangements for both chart-topping and Grammy-winning records, for a wide variety of artists.

Also a prolific composer, Hoffner co-wrote the "Lonesome Dove" song for the TV series, and the theme song for Time Warner's ten-hour documentary "The Wild West". His instrumental music has been heard on such TV shows as Good Morning America, 20/20, Saturday Night Live, Dukes of Hazzard, National Geographic TV Specials, and the Arnold Schwarzenegger/Gabriel Byrne film "End of Days". Two of his orchestral compositions were recorded by the San Antonio Symphony, and he received the National Emmy Award Nomination of "Outstanding Achievement in Music" for his score to National Geographic's "Braving Alaska".

In 1999, Dave co-wrote and co-produced the experimental Warner Bros. album "Back Tuva Future", a collaboration with Tuvan throat-singing master Kongar-ol Ondar. The record was hailed as one of the "Top Ten CD's of the Year" by the New York Post, and the "Tuva Groove" single climbed Billboard's Hot Dance Music chart to #14.

Dave's most recent scoring project was writing and producing the original musical score for the two hour biography film "Billy Graham, God's Ambassador".
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David Hoffner Discography Tracks

Instruments & Performance

Michael Martin Murphey Michael Martin Murphey - Tonight We Ride (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records US 1986 Sell This Version
9 25500-4, 4-25500 Michael Martin Murphey Michael Martin Murphey - Americana(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 9 25500-4, 4-25500 US 1987 Sell This Version
Michael Martin Murphey Michael Martin Murphey - Cowboy Songs III (Rhymes Of The Renegades) (Album) Warner Western US 1993 Sell This Version
VCD-79468 John McEuen The Red Arrow To Moscow and 1 more… John McEuen - String Wizards II(CD, Album) Vanguard VCD-79468 US 1993 Sell This Version
Jars Of Clay Jars Of Clay - Drummer Boy (Single, EP) Essential Records (3) US 1995 Sell This Version
CD5636J Various Various - Smoky Mountain All-Time Greatest Hits(CD) Brentwood Music CD5636J US 1996 Sell This Version
79484-2 John McEuen John McEuen - Acoustic Traveller(CD, Album) Vanguard 79484-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
Fiend 791 Kate Campbell Kate Campbell - Moonpie Dreams(CD, Album) Demon Records Fiend 791 UK 1997 Sell This Version
none Various Various - Na Mele O Paniolo(CD, Album) Warner Bros. Records Inc. none US 1997 Sell This Version
9-46672-2 Chris Cummings (3) Chris Cummings (3) - Chris Cummings(CD, Album) Warner Bros. Records 9-46672-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
Michael Martin Murphey Michael Martin Murphey - Playing Favorites (Album) Real West Productions US 2001 Sell This Version
088 170 230-2 Michael McDonald To Make A Miracle and 3 more… Michael McDonald - In The Spirit(HDCD, Album) MCA Nashville 088 170 230-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
MR 1017-2 Mickey Newbury Mickey Newbury - A Long Road Home(CD, Album) Mountain Retreat, LongHall MR 1017-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
WW4 1276, WW-4-1276 The Wonder Kids Choir The Wonder Kids Choir - Mother Goose Songs(Cass, Album, Comp, Spl) Madacy Kids, Madacy Kids WW4 1276, WW-4-1276 Canada 2001 Sell This Version
PRC 1126 Bill Miller (6) Bill Miller (6) - Spirit Rain(CD, Album, Dig) Paras Recordings PRC 1126 US 2002 Sell This Version
OM-0629 Unknown Artist Unknown Artist - Grand Ole Opry Christmas Classics(CD, Album) Opry Music OM-0629 US 2006 Sell This Version
7930183036-2 Michael McDonald On This Night and 1 more… Michael McDonald - This Christmas(CD, Comp) Razor & Tie 7930183036-2 US 2009 Sell This Version
none The Purple Hulls The Purple Hulls - Ten Thousand Exits(CD, Album, RP) Not On Label none US 2014 Sell This Version
WW-4-1278 The Wonder Choir The Wonder Choir - Bible Action Songs(Cass) Madacy Entertainment WW-4-1278 Unknown Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

92 53691 Michael Martin Murphey The One That Got Away Michael Martin Murphey - Tonight We Ride(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 92 53691 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
Michael Martin Murphey And Holly Dunn You're History Michael Martin Murphey And Holly Dunn - A Face In The Crowd / You're History (Single) Warner Bros. Records US 1987 Sell This Version
Michael Martin Murphey No One Else But You and 2 more… Michael Martin Murphey - Americana (Album) Warner Bros. Records US 1987 Sell This Version
7-27668 Michael Martin Murphey Vanishing Breed Michael Martin Murphey - From The Word Go / Vanishing Breed(7", Single) Warner Bros. Records 7-27668 US 1988 Sell This Version
7-22666 Michael Martin Murphey Jukebox Michael Martin Murphey - Route 66(7") Warner Bros. Records 7-22666 US 1989 Sell This Version
VCD-79468 John McEuen Journey Through Dixie and 1 more… John McEuen - String Wizards II(CD, Album) Vanguard VCD-79468 US 1993 Sell This Version