Doug Hoekstra began working on his first solo disc WHEN THE TUBES BEGIN TO GLOW in 1994,at various "hipster" Chicago studios from Lincoln Park to Wicker Park. An assortment of players appeared, including all of his old Bucket Number Six chums, Hugh Hart, and whiz producer Brad Wood (of Liz Phair and Shrimp Boat fame).The album was released at the beginning of 1994, after Hoekstra moved to Nashville, and a tsunami wave of critical praise followed, prompting a great deal of touring for the now-solo troubadour. Songs such as "Bankrupt," and "Mama Was a Pinkerton" became staples of Hoekstra's live set. "The Home-Town Rule" appears as a countrified diatribe on the price of fame, as experienced by John Lennon, Frank Lloyd Wright and others. "The Way the Wind Blows", featuring Alison Chesley's haunting cello, is a moving tribute to folks struggling under the scepter of AIDS.