On May 27th of 2020 HC released a fundraising music video to support unemployed musicians due to the COVID 19 pandemic. The song, entitled "Respira" raised over $9000. Cane has also just released "Mi Gente", a song of unity and strength against those who want to divide the country and world. The song has been featured in 3 editorial Spotify Playlists including "Novedades Viernes Chile", "Novedades Rock", "Sembrando Esperanza" and “Discover Weekly”
Javier Mendoza’s Hobo Cane continue’s to grow with his heart felt and full-of-life performances. He is currently writing new music for hopeful 2021 full length release.
“Hold On To Nothing” was placed on rotation on Nashville's Independent Radio Station Lightning 100.
In 2019 he was chosen Artist of The Week by Nashville's Independent Radio Station Lightning 100 (2016FMQB AAA Station of The Year & NAB Crystal Award Recipient) for the second time. He was chosen “Artist Of The Week” also in 2017. In 2016 he was also chosen Spotlight Artist by Lightning 100. The song “Let Go”, from his debut self titled “Hobo Cane” album was featured on the station and, as mentioned before, “Hold On To Nothing” was on rotation in the summer of 2019.
Pure heart and soul. That’s how you can best describe Hobo Cane.
Born as Javier Alberto Mendoza in the state of Virginia to a Spanish mother and Mexican/American father, Javier’s love for music burned bright from a young age. He started his musical career joining Warner-Chappell as a staff writer in Miami, FL. There he spent his time writing tunes for mega pop sensations such as Enrique Iglesias, Juan David, Ricky Martin, Rosario and more. The ever-winding path of life took him to Saint Louis: City of Miles Davis, Tina Turner and Chuck Berry, where he saw musical success with his new following. In 2014 Mendoza moved to Music City, Nashville, TN where he is embarking on a project as Hobo Cane.
Why Hobo Cane? "According to the critics, I've always been too Rock for Pop, too Pop for Alternative, too Anglo for Latin and even sometimes too Latin for Anglo. I think that's a good thing. A hobo is a transient and migrant worker. I've moved from place to place all my life, and I was raised among different cultures and languages. I think my songs are influenced and enriched by that diversity. I want to help destroy the stereotype of any music. My mother's last name is 'Cañas', which means 'Canes' in Spanish. So that's me.... HOBO CANE.”
Hobo Cane was awarded a Telly Award in 2015 for Best Original Music in a documentary called "The Forsaken". He’s also shared the stage with the likes of Chuck Berry, Los Lobos, Willie Nelson, Great Big World and more. Most recently, Hobo Cane has found a warm songwriting community in Nashville with the Grammy-nominated Barry Dean as well as Grammy Award winners Luke Laird, Lori McKenna, and countless others. Ever the dynamic performer, Hobo Cane has also performed alongside Nashville hit makers Michael W. Smith, Jars of Clay, Chris Tomlin, and Ben Folds, in addition to securing countless television and movie song placements. In 2016 he released a self titled album produced by Grammy Winning Producer Toby Wright (Alice In Chains, Metallica, The Wallflowers, Third Eye Blind), featuring single “Let Go”.
In the Spring of 2019 Hobo Cane released his second album as “Hobo Cane” entitled “El Jardín” (The Garden). This is Mendoza’s best project to date, Mendoza says, “In my opinion it is the closest thing I’ve ever gotten to how I hear myself. I think the performance of each song captures the emotion of every lyric perfectly. I think the musicianship is at my best as well as the others performing in it.” This album’s sonic brilliance is due to three time Grammy winner, producer and engineer Matthew Odmark (Jars of Clay). “Matt really understood my songs and my approach to songwriting. He also squeezed the best out of me as a musician and as a singer.” Mendoza adds, “I felt rejuvenated as a writer and artist!” I am so proud of ‘El Jardín’ and I can’t wait for the world to hear it”. This album features the radio single “Hold On To Nothing”, the Spotify hit “En Un Rincón” co written with the talented Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional. (The Garden). It also features songs “Love Is A Garden” co written with Matthew Odmark, and “Es Ahora” co written with Raul Oyarce.
Javier is back in the studio with Matthew Odmark finishing up a new “ALL SPANISH” EP to be released in the fall of 2020.