Will Hoge

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Will Hoge

Will Hoge and band 9.25.10 Concert In Nashville
Background information
OriginNashville, Tennessee
GenresAmericana, Southern Rock, Alternative Country
Years active1998–present
LabelsRykodisc
Websitewww.willhoge.com
 
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Will Hoge

Will Hoge and band 9.25.10 Concert In Nashville
Background information
OriginNashville, Tennessee
GenresAmericana, Southern Rock, Alternative Country
Years active1998–present
LabelsRykodisc
Websitewww.willhoge.com

Will Hoge (born November 14, 1972[1]) is a Grammy award nominated American singer, songwriter and musician from Nashville, Tennessee.

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Early life

Will Hoge grew up in Franklin, Tennessee, located just south of Nashville. His sound was heavily influenced by his musician father and uncles and the extensive record collection that his father kept.

Hoge attended Western Kentucky University to study history planning to become a high school history teacher and basketball coach. He decided that he wanted to try his hand at rock and roll and began writing music. Will left the university after realizing he wanted to be a career musician.

Early band

Will released an early EP of original music with his band Spoonful in the mid-1990s. However, the band was not picked up and eventually disbanded. Some of these early songs were recycled on later albums, and are still hits with his loyal followers.

Solo artist

With former The Georgia Satellites guitarist Dan Baird in tow as a guitarist, Hoge began touring the American south. He independently released his first CD, Live At The Exit/In, a live set recorded at the Nashville club. His original sound drew much attention and, through constant touring, he was able to release his first studio album, Carousel.

Hoge caught the attention of Atlantic Records music executives and he was signed to a record deal in early 2002. Atlantic then re-released Carousel to a wider market. His 2003 major label debut, Blackbird On A Lonely Wire was a cleaner sounding effort; however, the album was poorly promoted by Atlantic. Eventually, Hoge asked for and received a release from his contract, re-obtaining the rights to Carousel.

The support of his fans has given Hoge the ability to tour incessantly, and self release a couple live albums (2004's Almost Alone: Live At Smith's Olde Bar' and 2005's During the Before and After), a politically charged album called The America EP (which included a cover of Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin')", and a bluesy rock and roll sounding album, The Man Who Killed Love.

Over the years, Hoge has toured with many artists, including Shinedown, Needtobreathe, Marc Broussard, ZZ Top, The Cat Empire, Squeeze, Jason Isbell, Lisa Loeb and Edwin McCain. Bands that have opened for him include Steel Train, The Trews, The Elms, Rose Hill Drive, Needtobreathe, Moses Mayfield, The Alternate Routes, Aslyn, Katie Herzig, Missy Higgins, and The Civil Wars.

Hoge recorded the opening theme song, "You Make Me Happy," for the CBS sitcom Still Standing.

On February 20, 2007, he released a live album, Again Somewhere Tomorrow, from recordings made during the band's two-night stint at the Exit/In in Nashville, in September 2006.

The band's fourth studio album, Draw the Curtains, was released nationwide in October 2007 by Rykodisc Records. The album was initially released as a CD, with a limited edition 180-Gram Vinyl Record version which followed later.

Following a scooter accident in August 2008, the band went on hiatus for seven months while Hoge recuperated from his injuries. In April 2009, the band got together for a 3 week acoustic tour of venues in the Midwest, Southeast and East Coast, hitting cities including New York City, Chicago, Nashville and Atlanta. When the tour ended in late April, the band headed back into the studio to complete recording their next album (of which they had begun at the time of Hoge's accident). Ken Coomer and Charlie Brocco again produced, and the album, The Wreckage, was released on September 29, 2009.

Will Hoge performed a residency at 12th & Porter in Nashville, TN in June 2010. During these concerts, many of Hoge's friends, family, and former bandmates joined him on stage during the run of the four shows. These guests included former guitarists Dan Baird, Brian Layson, and Jason 'Slim' Gambill; former keyboard players Jefferson Crowe and John Lancaster; as well as Will's own father, who sang lead vocals on the final song of the concert series.

On August 29, 2009, Will and the band appeared and performed the single "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" on the CBS Early Show as the music guest.

Hoge opened for Needtobreathe on their spring 2010 tour. He also opened shows for Sugarland and Michelle Branch on select dates during their summer tour.

Hoge was part of a line-up, which included Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, and Sheryl Crow, that performed on the nationally televised "Music City Keep On Playin'" flood relief program that aired on GAC on May 16, 2010. Hoge closed the show by performing his song "Washed By The Water."

Hoge opened for mainstream rock band Shinedown on their acoustic "Anything & Everything" tour in the fall of 2010.

In September of 2011, Hoge released his 7th studio album entiled 'Number Seven'. The album was his third release via Ryko. This time around, Hoge took over production duties for the entire album. The album's first single "When I Get My Wings" was released to radio in August of 2011. The official music video for the song was added into rotation on both VH1 and CMT.[2] During this time, Hoge was invited to perform on three separate occasions at the Grand Ole Opry, with country legend Vince Gill playing guitar and singing background vocals on a couple songs during his first appearance (Gill is a guest artist on 'Seven' as well, as he and his wife, Amy Grant are fans of Hoge).

In a September 2012 blog post on his website, Hoge announced a number of changes. He left Rykodisc Records after releasing 3 albums with them. Longtime drummer Sigurdur 'Siggi' Birkis was released from the band. They have yet to hire a permanent replacement. He also announced in a Twitter post that Lady Antebellum was recording a cover of his song "Better Off Now" from his 2003 release "Blackbird On A Lonely Wire" which may be included on their next album.

In October 2012, Hoge announced, via Twitter, than he has signed a songwriting deal with BMG Nashville.

Scooter accident

Hoge was involved in a scooter accident on August 20, 2008 after leaving a studio session for what would be his next album, "The Wreckage". He was traveling north on Main Street in East Nashville at about 8 p.m. when a van traveling southbound failed to yield while turning into 712 Main St. Hoge's motor scooter collided with the passenger side of the van. He was admitted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in critical condition. He went into surgery immediately upon arrival at the hospital for numerous broken bones (ribs, sternum, shattered femur, knee cap, shoulder blades), and lacerations to his face, arms, and torso requiring over 200 stitches. Hoge's condition was upgraded to stable on August 22.[1] No evidence was found that alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident.[3]

In the year following the accident, Hoge went through numerous surgical procedures (mainly on his shattered femur/leg) and intensive physical therapy. Work on The Wreckage, as well as tour dates, were postponed through spring 2009. Since that point, Hoge has made a full recovery.[4]

Discography

TitleAlbum InformationTrack List
Spoonful - Tales Begin To Spin
  • Suddenly
  • Sunshine Burn
  • Sweet Magdeline
  • King Of Grey
  • Farmer's Song
  • Walking By The Sea
Hear and Now
  • Moon Town Records
  • Compilation CD
  • Released: 1999
  • Sunshine Burn
All Night Long: Live at The Exit/In
  • Rock and Roll Star
  • Be Together Again
  • Ms. Williams
  • She Don't Care
  • King Of Grey
  • TV Set
  • Wish
  • (I'm Pretty Sure) I'm Over You
  • All Night Long
  • Will You Still Love Me
Carousel
  • She Don't Care
  • Let Me Be Lonely
  • Ms. Williams
  • Your Fool
  • Heartbreak Avenue
  • Rock And Roll Star
  • Wish
  • Sweet Magdeline
  • (Pretty Sure) I'm Over You
  • Carousel
Aware Compilation, Vol. 8
  • Aware Records
  • Compilation CD
  • Released: 2001
  • Ms. Williams
Live In The X Lounge IV
  • Let Me Be Lonely
Almost Alone (Live At Smith's Olde Bar)
  • Let Me Be Lonely
  • Ms. Williams
  • Hey Tonight
  • Dancin' Dave And Band Intro
  • Your Fool
  • Be The One
  • Someone Else's Baby
  • She Don't Care
  • Harmonica Holder L.A. TV Blues
  • Better Off Now (That You're Gone)
  • Carousel
Blackbird On A Lonely Wire
  • Studio album
  • Released: 2003
  • Recorded: Sunset Sound and Henson Studios, Los Angeles, California
  • Produced: John Shanks
  • Not That Cool
  • Be The One
  • King Of Grey
  • Secondhand Heart
  • Hey Tonight
  • Doesn't Have To Be That Way
  • It's A Shame
  • Someone Else's Baby
  • TV Set
  • Better Off Now (That You're Gone)
  • All Night Long
  • Baby Girl
The America EP
  • Bible Vs. Gun
  • The Other Side
  • Hey Mr. President (Anyone But You)
  • The Times They Are A-Changin'
  • America
During The Before And After
  • Better Off Now (That You're Gone)
  • Secondhand Heart
  • Your Fool
  • Ain't No Sunshine
  • Bible Vs. Gun
  • It Doesn't Have To Be That Way
  • Ms. Williams
  • Let Me Be Lonely
  • It's A Shame
  • Not That Cool
  • She Don't Care
  • America
Kid Pan Alley
  • Compass Records
  • Compilation CD
  • Released: 2006
  • No Fair
The Man Who Killed Love
  • Pocket Full Of Change
  • Love From A Scar
  • Wait Til Your Daddy Gets Home
  • Woman Be Strong
  • I Got A Habit
  • The Man Who Killed Love
  • Hearts Are Gonna Roll
  • The More That I Know (The Less I Like You)
  • July Moon
  • Lover Tonight
Live In Charleston
  • Better Off Now (That You're Gone)
  • Love From A Scar
  • Sweet Magdeline
  • The Man Who Killed Love
  • Wait Til Your Daddy Gets Home
  • July Moon
  • Pocket Full Of Change
  • Hearts Are Gonna Roll
  • Southern Belle
  • She Don't Care
Again Somewhere Tomorrow
  • The Man Who Killed Love
  • Love From A Scar
  • Wait 'Til Your Daddy Gets Home
  • Woman Be Strong
  • Bible Vs. Gun
  • Sunshine Burn
  • Someone Else's Baby
  • Rock And Roll Star
  • July Moon
  • Long Tall Sally
  • She Don't Care
  • Southern Belle
  • Lover Tonight
Draw The Curtains
  • Rykodisc Studio Album
  • Released: October 9, 2007
  • Recorded: Nasville/Memphis, TN
  • When I Can Afford To Lose
  • These Were The Days
  • Dirty Little War
  • Silver or Gold
  • Sex, Lies, and Money
  • I'm Sorry Now
  • Midnight Parade
  • Draw The Curtains
  • Washed By The Water
  • The Highway's Home
On The Road With Will Hoge 1 - Limited Edition Live Recording
  • Rykodisc Live recording
  • Released: November 2007
  • Bonus CD with purchase of Draw The Curtains
  • When I Can Afford To Lose
  • These Were The Days
  • Dirty Little War
  • Silver Or Gold
  • I'm Sorry Now
  • Sex, Lies and Money
  • Draw The Curtains
  • The Highway's Home
On The Road With Will Hoge 2 - Limited Edition Live Recording
  • Rykodisc Live recording
  • Released: 2007
  • Recorded: WFPK Radio Live Lunch, Louisville, KY
  • Bonus CD
  • Midnight Parade
  • Better Off Now (That You're Gone)
  • Silver Or Gold
  • Pocket Full Of Change
  • When I Can Afford To Lose
  • These Were The Days
  • Bible Vs Gun
  • The Highway's Home
The Wreckage
  • Rykodisc Studio Album
  • Release: August 25, 2009 (Vinyl)/September 29, 2009 (CD/Digital)
  • Recorded: Nashville, TN
  • Hard To Love
  • Long Gone
  • The Wreckage
  • Favorite Waste Of Time
  • Even If It Breaks Your Heart
  • What Could I Do
  • Goodnight/Goodbye (feat. Ashley Monroe)
  • Just Like Me
  • Highway Wings
  • Where Do We Go From Down
  • Too Late Too Soon
The Living Room Sessions
  • Rykodisc EP
  • Release: 2009
  • Recorded: Franklin, TN
  • Long Gone (acoustic)
  • Favorite Waste Of Time (acoustic)
  • Goodnight/Goodbye (acoustic)
  • Too Late, Too Soon (acoustic)
  • Even If It Breaks Your Heart (acoustic)
  • All Night Long (acoustic)
Number Seven
  • Rykodisc Studio Album
  • Release: September 27, 2011
  • Recorded: Nashville, TN
  • Fool's Gonna Fly
  • Too Old To Die Young
  • Goddam California
  • American Dream
  • Gone
  • The Illegal Line
  • Silver Chain
  • Nothing To Lose
  • No Man's Land
  • Trying To Be A Man
  • When I Get My Wings
Modern American Protest Music
  • Independent EP
  • Release: September 18, 2012
  • Founding Fathers
  • Jesus Came to Tennessee
  • A Folded Flag
  • When Do I Get to Come Home
  • Times Are Not Changin
  • I Don't Believe
  • Ballad of Trayvon Martin

Current band members

Former band members

Music videos

YearVideoDirector
2009"Favorite Waste of Time"[5]Paper Beats Rock
"Even If It Breaks Your Heart"
2011"When I Get My Wings"[6]Joey Ciccoline

References

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