Monday, March 26, 2007

Will Hoge

Written by John from Altjiranga Mitjina

I've seen a lot of great musicians. I've listened to a lot of great albums. One of my favorites at the moment is Will Hoge. Will is a singer/songwriter/band leader from Nashville Tennessee. He's had one album on a major label, Blackbird On A Lonely Wire, that came out on Atlantic Records. Due to creative differences he left the label to put his music out on his own. Since than he's put out more than a few albums. His first album was Carousel, followed by his Atlantic debut and than his more recent offering is The Man Who Killed Love. Two recent live albums are During the Before and After and Again Somewhere Tomorrow.

Will brings a passion and honesty to his music that is missing in many of today's biggest name stars. He writes his songs from the working man's perspective. He writes about love and life in a way that matters. He's not afraid to write political songs either. His Bible vs. Gun is one of the best anti-Iraq songs I have heard. After Katrina he wrote a song called Washed by the Water that to me is one of the best songs about the destruction caused by the hurricane. The first night I heard him play this song live I have to admit to having tears in my eyes, like most of the people at his concert that night.

As good as his live albums are Will shines live. He is one of the best performers I have ever seen live. His concert at Bonnaroo is one of the best shows I have ever seen. The passion he brings to his recorded music he more than doubles when he performs them live. On stage Will is a presence to behold. He sings his music with a love for music that it lacking in so many other singers. Will's knowledge of music is deep, he isn't interested in just who the newest pop star is or what they are performing. Not long after Johnnie Johnson, Chuck Berry's pianist died, I saw Will live. On stage Will dedicated a song to the man and told of his brilliant contributions to rock and roll. How many bigger stars would even know who Johnnie Johnson was?

So if you have a chance to see Will Hoge live don't miss it. Try his cds. I've turned quite a few people on to Will Hoge and no one has complained yet. He's that good.


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