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Will Hoge

Born and raised in Tennessee, songwriter Will Hoge made his name honing a blend of soulful Americana and heartland rock & roll. After spending his childhood in the Nashville suburb of Franklin, he left Tennessee to study history at Western Kentucky University. Music drew him back home, however, and he relocated to Nashville to assemble a band that included former Georgia Satellites guitarist Dan Baird. Hoge then cut his teeth on the Southern bar circuit and issued a live release, 1999's All Night Long, before inking a deal with Atlantic Records.

With the label's support, he entered Memphis' famed Ardent Studios to record his official debut, Carousel, with engineer John Hampton (the Replacements, Gin Blossoms). The album was released in 2000, and Blackbird on a Lonely Wire followed in 2003 (albeit without Baird, who'd left due to the band's demanding tour schedule). Record sales were slim, though, and Hoge found himself receiving minimal attention from his label. Requesting release from his contract, Hoge was made a free agent.

Following his departure from the Atlantic roster, Hoge combined a relentless tour schedule with a string of independent releases, from live albums and brief EPs to a full-fledged studio effort (2006's The Man Who Killed Love). Rykodisc took note of Hoge's work, particularly his 200-plus shows per year, and signed the artist. Draw the Curtains, Hoge's fourth studio album and first effort for Rykodisc, was released in October 2007, followed by -- what else? -- an aggressive fall tour. Recording sessions for another record began in 2008, but work was temporarily postponed on August 20th, when a scooter accident left Hoge severely injured. Months of physical therapy followed. Hoge focused on his recovery for the remainder of 2008, eventually returning to the studio project in 2009 and releasing The Wreckage later that year. Hoge put out his seventh studio album, the appropriately titled Number Seven, in September 2011.

He and co-writer Eric Paslay received 2012 Academy of Country Music (ACM), Country Music Association (CMA) and Grammy nominations for Best Country Song for "Even If It Breaks Your Heart," the opening track on the Eli Young Band's album Life at Best. In December of 2012, Hoge released the digital-only EP Modern American Protest Music, which included the songs "Folded Flag" and "Ballad of Trayvon Martin." In October of 2013, Never Give In, his eighth full-length, was released by, Cumberland Recordings. The album's first single, "Strong," was tapped by Chevy for its 2014 Silverado pickup truck ad campaign. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Middle Of America (Radio Edit) (SIngle)

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Track List: Never Give In (Single)

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Track List: Strong (Single)

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Track List: When I Get My Wings (Single)

Comments

I have been going to Will Hoge shows for years, it is amazing every single time!
Sounds a little bit like Tom Petty
if you ever get a chance to see him live it is a very special scene. My Ipod has most of his songs.
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Really like these songs especailly the chevy truck song AKA strong thats what the songs callsd
Love the chevy truck song !
I hope he has a gig this summer in the ATL area .
Saw a few comments about Will on the rock boat.....I was on the rock boat a few years back...Shame Will wasn't on the one I went on, but I have to say the rock boat is a music lovers dream come true....some say its like Woodstock without the bad acid, I say it's even better than that....woul d give anything to go again with Will onboard !
jjdj83
An amazingly talented singer and songwriter. Music needs more of him.
msieg69
He killed it on The Rock Boat 13 this year. Always a great show!
brlove322
One of the best writers out there doing it. As great as the albums are, he's even better live. You can feel the ache in his voice. So underappreci a t e d .
bulld74
Wish i could just have Will on here and not have to listen to lame a** John Meyer and the rest of the hum-drum wannabe singers.
By far, my favorite singer/songw r i t e r of all time! AMAZING voice and lyrics.
He is absolutely amazing. In the last 2 years, I have seen him perform 3 times, each time different and amazing. Can't wait to see hime perform in Columbus in November
Fantastic.
Just fantastic.
I was him in Tennesse a couple years back, and it was WIN.
mmelville7
We saw Will on the Cayamo cruise and he was stupendous!! !
mear_bear24
I was able to see him when he toured with Shinedown and love, love his music!!!!!! He is amazing :-)
msieg69
Saw Will on the Rock Boat last week. Great Show on the Lido Deck. He sat in with some other artists and sounded great!
mhubicz
just saw will @ a small venue in akron, oh...what a talent and such a nice guy also, very entertaining and real, can rock & can get real mellow too nice combination.
"Again Somewhere Tomorrow" is also worth the listen. If he makes it to your area, I recommend going out to his shows. He is even more amazing live.
jillh41
some of you might like this artist. we do. ck out the CD "The Wreckage"
my favorite artist of all time
lorispatriot s 1 2
Saw him at the in Knoxville for the first time! have all his music!!! Love him!
pcchaissonne
I have been listening to him for years.....I heard him at Tipitina's in New Orleans about seven years ago. Bought every thing he had out at the time and have added to the collection with each release ....wonderfu l wordsmith and musician.

His live shows are fantastic. His energy is awesome.
Saw him this weekend and picked up the new CD. It's excellent!
daniel.lebla n c 8 8
FREAKING AWESOME.
daniel.lebla n c 8 8
This guy's the real deal. Love his song: Even If It Breaks Your Heart.
carlieschard t
AGREED. LIVE is best better amazing!!!
If you like this, you should see him live!! We never miss him in Atlanta!
pepper111782
I absolutely love this band!

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