Goshen News, Goshen, IN


August 27, 2012

Will Hoge, well-traveled

z Singer/songwriter to perform Wednesday at Ignition Garage.

Will Hoge could be forgiven for a bit of envy.

The Nashville, Tenn., singer/songwriter’s body of work includes “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” a single that recently reached the top spot on the country charts — for the Eli Young Band.

Envious? In a phone interview with The Goshen News, Hoge sounded more like an artist brimming with goodwill.

“It’s an incredible feeling,” said Hoge, who’s set to perform at the Goshen venue Ignition Garage Wednesday night. “I’ve never had anyone else record any of my songs. I was just flattered when they were even thinking of demo-ing it for their record.”

Hoge was more flattered when he found out the song, which he co-wrote with Eric Paslay, was going to have a home on the Eli Young Band’s album. That feeling continued when he learned “Breaks Your Heart” was picked to be a single.

“To have the thing go up the charts to No. 1 ...” Hoge said. “Like I said, flattering is the only thing I can come back to. I’m so excited for those guys. I’ve gotten to know them and they’ve become friends. They’re a great band, they’re good dudes. They work real hard.”

Minus his material featured on compilations, Hoge has released 17 live and studio albums and EPs. He’s on tour road-testing material off “Modern American Protest Music,” an album set for release Sept. 18. It’s safe to assume his work ethic is nothing to scoff at, either.

Count Ignition Garage owner Steve Martin as a fan of Hoge’s efforts.

‘Four-star songs’

Martin said he hears elements of everything from Johnny Cash to Dire Straits in Hoge’s music. Hoge is “parked in the Americana genre,” he said, but writes beautiful pop songs as well.

“Of any artist we’ve had (at Ignition), he probably has the deepest catalog of four-star songs,” Martin said. He’s honored that Hoge is playing the Goshen venue, and indicated the gig has gained notice far outside the Maple City.

“We’ve sold tickets from Chicago, Fort Wayne, Ann Arbor and Detroit for this show,” Martin said.

Those fans will head to Goshen to see an artist Martin describes as a world-class singer, guitarist and performer.

“Will’s the whole package,” he said.

‘It’s everywhere’

Hailing from Franklin, Tenn., near Nashville, Hoge didn’t grow up playing music. Still, he indicated that music is ingrained in life in that area.

“Every restaurant you go to, there’s some guy playing guitar and singing in the corner,” Hoge said, and every morning television show has a band playing and musical guests.

“There’s always kids at your school whose parents are in bands, or they’re booking agents or they’re talent buyers. It’s everywhere,” he added. “... In a lot of cities, you say you’re a musician and people sort of freak out. Here, nobody even cares.”

Hoge grew up in the 1980s, an era when, according to his recollection, “everybody was into Poison and Motley Crue.” Hoge said he didn’t hate that genre or rebel against it. Still ...

“No one in Franklin, Tenn., is going to wear Spandex or tease their hair,” he said. “It just wasn’t realistic.”

For Hoge, family was a better musical guide than pop culture. His dad, a musician himself, sent him to see a Bo Diddley gig when the younger Hoge was 14 years old. The show made an impact.

“It was like a revelation to me,” Hoge recalled. “It was just so primal, so real.”

Credit, too, the influence of the eclectic record collection Hoge inherited. Via vinyl, the music of James Brown, Otis Redding, The Temptations, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Hank Williams, James Taylor and Bob Dylan was at his fingertips.

“Rock and roll and country and R&B, all of it was the same thing,” Hoge said. “It was all in the same record cabinet. And I could literally go down the line.

“... I would listen to Uriah Heep and not be blown away by that, but then I would hear Buck Owens live at Carnegie Hall and it would blow my mind.”

Fast-forward a few years and that young music listener has a career in music. It’s a livelihood — not to mention a life — that was nearly derailed in 2008.

Coming back

A truck collided with the scooter Hoge was riding. The musician’s lungs were crushed, and Hoge suffered multiple broken bones. A regimen of physical therapy followed, yielding a Will Hoge who’s back recording and touring.

Hoge said he doesn’t have to continually go to physical therapy anymore, a development he described as “awesome.” However, he does have to try to maintain some semblance of health on the road.

“The road is a fairly unhealthy environment,” Hoge said. “We were fortunate for a long time to able to abuse the benefits of all of the unhealthy road lifestyle. I just can’t do that anymore. I have to try to rest and I have to try to do exercises and things like that.”

Hoge also admitted to moments of onstage overconfidence.

“Occasionally I’ll get cocky and jump off something and realize that was a terrible idea, and I’ll hurt two days afterwards,” he said with a laugh.

Hoge’s scooter crash happened four years ago Aug. 20. On that same date four years later, Hoge went to a party in celebration of the No. 1 success of “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.”

“Almost to the hour,” he said. “It was kind of bizarre.”

Hoge arrived at the party with guests, one of whom didn’t even exist at the time of the crash. Hoge and his wife have two boys, ages 5 and almost 2.

“They got excited because they heard ‘party,’ so they just assumed there was cake,” Hoge said of his sons. “...We got there and there wasn’t cake, so they were really disappointed. So I had to leave the No. 1 party immediately and go buy brownies to not make me seem like a liar.”\

If you want to go

Good luck. Ignition Garage owner Steve Martin said Friday there were only about 10 tickets left for Wednesday’s Will Hoge concert. However, he said “standing room” tickets would be available once the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7.

For ticket information, call Better World Books at 534-1984. Ignition Garage is located at 120 E. Washington St., Goshen.

Text Only
  • LIBRARY NEWS: Books Bites set at Wakarusa Book Bites story time begins at 10:15 a.m. Aug. 27 in the Children’s room. This informal story time includes several stories and a craft or activity. There is no registration for this program.

    August 18, 2014

  • Obit Robin Williams_Selm.jpg Robin Williams, manic comedy star, dead at 63

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

    August 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140813 Cousin Vinny Kansas City 'The Devil's Glove' author signing books locally Life can be an ugly game — a game based on illusion and occasionally, a deal with the devil. But ultimately, God is the umpire and decides who is safe and who is out. God offers redemption and declares life’s player safe when the player asks for it.

    August 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140811 library photo Boys and Girls Club sign-up at Goshen Goshen Public Library601 S. Fifth St., 533-9531537-0241, Children’s Services534-6650, Audiovisual Services http://www.goshenpl.lib.in.us/Boys and Girls Book ClubBoys and Girls Book Clubs sign-ups have begun for students in grades 3 to 5. Boys will me

    August 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140807 Strand Of Oaks As Strand of Oaks, Goshen native plays first hometown show Aug. 16 With “HEAL”, his fourth record performing as Strand of Oaks, Goshen native Timothy Showalter seems to be on the verge of something big.

    August 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140803 anne mccue 01 REVIEW: At Ignition, new songs amp anticipation for McCue’s next album GOSHEN — Anne McCue broke in a new drummer, broke in a few new songs and broke a guitar string in her return Thursday night to Ignition Music Garage.

    August 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • TV-Manhattan Project [Duplicate] Scientists make love, weapons in 'Manhattan' LOS ANGELES — Writer-producer Sam Shaw was grappling with how to craft a TV drama about the war on terror and the price it exacts from those who keep its secrets. He found the answer by looking back to the early 1940s, when U.S. scientists and others

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • GN140724 Little Women 'Little Women' opens at Round Barn Tuesday NAPPANEE — Since 1868 ambitious fans of Louisa May Alcott’s novel have dreamed of being one of the March sisters. In the pages of Little Women, young and adolescent girls are able to read about the “normalization” of ambitious women by repeatedly reinforcing the importance of individuality and female vocation.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140728 library photo Bubbles and Giggles this week's Storytime Express Goshen Public Library 601 S. Fifth St., 533-9531 537-0241, Children’s Services 534-6650, Audiovisual Services http://www.goshenpl.lib.in.us/ Bubbles and Giggles Bubbles and Giggles is the theme for this week’s Storytime Express and the Summer Reading

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • LIBRARY NEWS: Hypnotherapist coming to Syracuse Angie Hernandez, certified Hypnotherapist, is presenting a session on using Emotional Freedom Technique, also called tapping, on from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. People are invited to a free class to experiment with this technique for self-healing. Nick Ortner, author of The Tapping Solution, says EFT is a type of meridian tapping that combines ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology. Tapping utilizes the body’s energy meridian points by stimulating them with your fingertips.

    July 21, 2014


Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
US Mission to Rescue Hostages in Syria Failed Manfred, Torre and MLB Take Ice Bucket Challenge Bank of America Reaches Record $17B Settlement Holder Reassures Ferguson Community With Visit GlobalPost CEO Remembers Foley As a Brave Man Seth Meyers Rolls Out Emmy Red Carpet Obama: World Is Appalled by Murder of Journalist Israel, Militants Trade Fire After Talks Fail Pres. George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge Pierce Brosnan's Call to Join the Expendables Changes Coming to No-Fly List Raw: IDF Footage Said to Show Airstrikes Police: Ferguson More Peaceful Raw: Aftermath of Airstrike in Gaza Raw: Thousands March on Pakistani Parliament Raw: World's Oldest Man Lives in Japan Fire Crews Tame Yosemite Fire Raw: Police Weapon Drawn Near Protesters, Media Raw: Explosions in Gaza As Airstrikes Resume Charter Schools Alter Post-Katrina Landscape

Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

I think it’s a good idea to feed all the students free of charge
I think those who can afford it should pay for their school meals
I think all students should be required to pay for their school meals
     View Results