In 1986 the song writer, arranger and guitarist, John “Ras Hoon(y)” Hoonhout, started to study and write Reggae influenced by the 1960-70s Jamaican music and second wave Ska from UK. In 1988 Andrew Furnee, present bassist, was recruited for their first Reggae project “Active Culture” and has been a collaborator ever since. The next project was touring with a Reggae band called “8750” from Telluride Colorado with Furnee on Bass and Ras Hoony on lead vocals and guitar. After the first tour of the West from Cali to B.C and back down the East slope of the Rockies to Arizona Hoony went on Pilgrimage to Jamaica by invite from Earl “Chinna” Smith to record at “High Times Records” in Kingston. The decision was changed on the flight over by a conversation with a seasoned american who lived there part time. His advice was to go with him to Westmoreland and learn the culture from Rastafari Elders and get to know the people before going to the big city of Kingston. Hoon followed his advice.
While in Little London contacts were made to live in Springfield, Westmoreland where he formed a trio with some local musicians: “Cateye”, “Paul” and “Thirteen” calling that project “The Core”.
Named, Ras Hoon(y) by Rastafri Elder “Jah Send I” Ras Lifeless he lingered to gain more experience while backing many singers from the region, the two week trip ended up lasting six months!Cateye was one of the singers who really made an impression and collaborated on two of Ras Hoon’s original songs.
Upon returning to Colorado, 8750 continued to tour up to two hundred dates a year for several years and worked as supporting act for the greatest Reggae names. No kidding… Bunny Wailer would be,in my mind,their biggest honor.Then there is Black Uhuru,The Wailers Band(5x),James Brown(the biggest thrill),Lucky Dube, Steel Pulse,Toots and the Maytals (5x), Culture, Clinton Fearon, Melodians, Pato Banton(2)…the list goes on.
Eventually emmigrating to Boise in 2005 Hoonhout and Furnee founded Voice Of Reason (VOR) and began performing in the area as a three piece, eventually growing into a fierce, full bodied force to be reckoned with. Heralding Horns, the growl and chirp of Hammond Organ, the croaking Clavinet, feeding the Drum and the Bass, taunting a rough and rude guitar.That sound…earthy, deliberate, original Roots Rock Reggae/Ska/Soca. Real REGgae for REGular people, like Toots said….
VOR is not trying to prove anything…we are not here for our glorification or yours.
Love and Trust, the True-est vibration, is the key to the edification of the spirit…Se lah’!
VOR is not about being best or biggest…on a pedestal is a better target for snipers…
Most who see us perform, Love us and we them
All who meet us, like us as people and we them
Wherever we work we respect the staff because we are also staff
Wherever we perform, we respect the people because we are also the people
We are successfully growing…we want to reach more of The People
Those who hire us get great blessings in return, it is of great help to us
Those who help us are appreciated greatly and remembered
all for now…