“I hit a wall,” fortæller Will Hoge. “I was doing the best touring of my career and I had a great, steady gig writing songs, but I was falling out of love with being in a band. I didn’t have a good answer when I asked myself, ‘Why am I still doing this?’ So I walked away. I had to figure out what was next.”
Hoge tog herefter en periode væk fra bandlivet, men ikke musikken. Han var afsted som sig selv, sin guitar og et keyboard og turnerede i hele USA og Europa.
Processen gav ham igen mod på at spille sammen med nogen, og inspirerede ham til at skrive et nyt kuld sange: “I was so excited when it was time to record this album because I didn’t have any parameters that I had to stay inside anymore. I could reach out to anyone I wanted and put together a band that could play these songs in a way that just felt cool and natural, like we used to do in my garage back when I was a teenager.”
Det blev til det sjælfulde og autentiske album ‘Anchors’, der udkom i august.
Will Hoge er en ekstremt produktiv americana-sangskriver med elleve album under bæltet og talløse sange skrevet til andre (bl.a. en Grammy nominering for Eli Young Bands number-one hit, ‘Even If Breaks Your Heart’). Detbuten er fra 2001 og hedder ‘Carousel’.
It’s been a whole lot of miles, indeed: miles on the road, driving the bus himself from venue to venue since the nineties; miles to and from Nashville writing rooms, where he’s spent hours penning songs – some for him, some for others; miles exploring lands outside of his native Franklin, Tennessee, chasing the spirits of his musical heroes. Roads meet, roads split, roads led to home.
“Hoge’s everyman vocal integrity makes them reverberate with strong, strummy, sometimes dreamy melodies and enough emotional authenticity to fill a few Bruce Springsteen songbooks.”