The Compact is one of the most visible and highly regarded groups in New York’s Hudson Valley. Their signature sound grows from an intuitive, musical interplay and striking personality contrasts between long-time collaborators Erin Hobson (guitar) and multi-instrumentalist Steven W. Ross, whose main instrument is the bass.

Ross, a New York City transplant, has spent his life writing and playing, and learned about music production from Paul Rothschild (The Doors, Janis Joplin), a mentor who predicted he’d one day be a great bassist and producer. He met Hobson, a Dutchess County native and music educator with a background in Jazz Performance in 2008 and they’ve been creating and performing ever since, releasing music through their independent record label, Choking Chicken Records.

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