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Will Hoge Biography

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Genres: Alternative/Indie, Country, Rock

Will Hoge (born November 14, 1972) is an American singer, songwriter and musician from Nashville, Tennessee. Hoge grew up in Franklin, Tennessee, a rural suburb 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 with the plan to becoming 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. Hoge left the university after realizing he wanted to be a career musician.

Hoge released an early EP of original music with his band Spoonful in the mid-1990s; however, the band was not picked up and eventually broke up. Some of these early songs are still hits with his loyal followers.

With former The Georgia Satellites guitarist Dan Baird in tow as a guitarist, Hoge began touring the American south. He independently released his first album, “Live At The Exit/In,” a live set recorded at the Nashville club in 1999. His original sound drew much attention and, through constant touring, he was able to release his first studio album, “Carousel” in 2001.

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 like 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.”

Hoge recorded the opening theme song for the CBS sitcom “Still Standing” titled “You Make Me Happy.” In February 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. Following a scooter accident in August 2008, the band went on hiatus for seven months while Hoge recuperated from his injuries. When the tour in support of the album ended in early 2009, 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 in September 2009. In September 2011 he released the studio album, “Number Seven,” via Rykodisc.