@GJHoffmanMusic YOU!! Your voice and music were such an inspiration to me yesterday!!! Brilliant to find you!! Sing on 4 ever! - Dar Weathers”
  • Gary Jay {GJ} Hoffman is an Americana singer/songwriter.
  • GJ writes mostly songs about true life experiences.  GJ has written songs about his experience playing in the 'All Around Cowboy Band' (DC/MD/VA area) in the late 70's / early 80's) or family / romance issues.  
  • GJ completed first full album in 2016 & online early 2017 called 'Hillbilly Outlaw Blues'.
  • GJ can perform live SOLO, DUO, or TRIO (Blue Country Revival). GJ can perform country/grass covers and/or originals.  The DUO can be an acoustic bluegrass performance or a country/grass/rockabilly/hillbilly rock BAND DUO.  Or NINE PIECE TRIO can add genres of folk, rock, blues if wanted.  Prices vary depending on time & distance. 
  • GJ recently performed an opening SOLO acoustic set prior to Craig Campbell (Nashville recording artist) at the GROOVE Music Venue (Dominion Raceway in Thornburg VA). Further, GJ also performed prior to David Allen Coe (Full Moon Field Festival).
  • GJ has played a variety of festivals & venues including:  East Coast Country Music Championship, National Cherry Blossom Festival, Full Moon Field Festival, Arlington County Fair, World Police Games, Jammin Java, Spankys, Velocity5, Dogfish Ale House, Cajun Experience, Horseshoe Curve Restaurant, Brewbakers, Long Shots, Griffin Tavern, Molly's Irish Pub, Old Bust Head Brewery, Gypsy Sallys, National Conference Center, Paddy's Irish Pub, Badwolf Brewhouse, American Legion Post 71, Eagles Club, Addy's Lounge, Horseshoe Curve Restaurant, Granny's Bar & Grill, Hillbilly Heaven, Bloomery Plantation Distillery, Mimosa Restaurant, The Wine Kitchen, & more.
  • GJ has many influences from multiple genres and music eras.  A few of his favorites are Marty Robbins, Radney Foster, Marty Stuart, Rodney Crowell, Jimmie Rodgers, Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams SR, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Santo & Johnny, Ventures, Shadows, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Vern Gosdin, Charley Pride, Hank Thompson, Johnny Rivers, Del Shannon, Wynn Stewart, Gary Stewart, Lovin Spoonful, Rollin Stones, George Jones, Alan Jackson, Dwight Yoakum, Blackhawk, Diamond Rio, Marshall Tucker Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers Band, Commander Cody & Lost Planet Airmen, CCR, Badfinger, The Country Gentlemen, Steep Canyon Rangers, Steve Martin, Flatt & Scruggs, Doc Watson, Waylon Jennings, Jim Glaser, Seldom Scene, Ralph Stanley, Rhonda Vincent, Union Station, Avett Brothers, Christian Lopez, Andy Hawk & Train Wreck Endings, HalfPast3 + could name dozens more.
  • GJ has been performing since he was 13 (40+ years).  In the late 70's he performed with the band 'Electric Country' placing fifth in the East Coast Music Championship and playing on same stage as Jerry Lee Lewis and the Country Gentlemen.  GJ has played in a variety of bands including 'Electric Country', 'The All Around Cowboy Band', Sundown, and the 'Redneck Rhythm Section'.  Recently GJ worked with his son Garrett James Hoffman in their family band 'Half Past 3' taking HP3 from practicing in their kitchen in 2010 to playing at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in 2013.  GJ is also an accomplished BASS player and has been called on for substitution duties for Wesley Spangler, Fast Eddie Blues, Laurie Mangold, & others.
Very nice songs, love the humor in the banjo song. Completely original songs, but there is a feel reminicent of John Denver, Tom Rush, Steve Goodman, Jim Croce and a whole slew of singer-songwriters who sang about life with with heart, wit, and humor, and accessible well written music, and you fit right in there! I really enjoy your music!”

Russ Downs

Sample tracks


  • Azmi Zorou / Spankys - Leesburg VA:  To be supplied upon request.
  • Jennifer Cossette / Full Moon Festival - Berryville VA: To be supplied upon request.
  • Tracy Wink / Horseshoe Curve Restaurant - Bluemont VA: To be supplied upon request.
  • Mary Derby / #1 Super Fan - Sterling VA:  To be supplied upon request.


Gary Jay SOLO:




GJ Live@BrightBox Winchester VA.

GJ Live@BrightBox Winchester VA.

Hob outside
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Hanging w/ Craig Campbell after his show Dominion Raceway Dec 15th 2017.

Hanging w/ Craig Campbell after his show Dominion Raceway Dec 15th 2017.