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WILL HOGE —ANCHORS (Edlo Records / Thirty Tigers)

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Nashville-based Will Hoge has been making records since 2001, and up till recently had gained critical acclaim but not the recognition deserved. Some of the latter discrepancy was put right when in 2012 when the Eli Young Band gained a country chart topper with their cover of his song “Even If it Breaks Your Heart”. The song also gained Hoge nominations at the CMA, ACM and Grammy Awards, and a bunch of prime gigs as he got to play Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry and The Late Show with David Letterman.

 

Hoge’s progressive music though strong, and able to hold its own against anyone more than anything are his superbly crafted stories, he certainly tells a good one. Uncomplicated in presentation, even the complex ones that deal with emotions of the heart and the ways of human nature it is still easy to digest, and with his distinctive style he places his music on a higher shelf. It could be said he is just now really hitting his stride. He certainly feels re-energised after admitting to falling out of love with music and playing in a band, now he feels more in control and Anchors demonstrates creative.

 

Of the 11 tracks none come any finer than killer evocative love ballad “This Grand Charade”, a song about a couple growing apart the story is an all too familiar one. Stripped down, as is the album in general his lyrics are gently warmed in guitar, piano (Dave Cohen) and mandolin, and with the above lost love ballad behind him he gives hope to those experiencing a similar slipping away feel as the couple in the song work on getting this life back on track on “Little Bit Of Rust” (Sheryl Crow figures strongly on harmony vocals). The album has one or two songs that speak of a relationship falling apart, and in some cases marooned on the rocks as Hoge dips into people’s fears and everyday lives! After a couple of average efforts he is back on the winning trail with “Through Missing You” and full bodied ode “Angel Wings”. This as he is given the jolt needed to realise he was allowing his life to drift without any real purpose (Kaplan’s pedal steel work colours the lyrics beautifully), and with his vocals possessing a rich timbre the listener can’t but help been dragged into the song’s scenario. A co-write with Randall, I wonder if that is noted singer-songwriter  Jon Randall? 

 

While the title track is solid, and arguably a slow burner his talent is seen in better light on image evoking “17”, and with him inevitably at his best when the music doesn’t encroach on his lyrics the song is an excellent balance between Americana and a purer country form.     

 

Pickers on the record include Jerry Roe (drums, percussion), Dominic Davis (bass), Thom Donovan (electric, acoustic guitar), Brad Rice (electric, acoustic guitar, mandola) and Fats Kaplan (pedal steel guitar) plus Hoge (acoustic, electric guitar, piano, Fender Rhodes, percussion).   

 

                                                Maurice Hope 

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1
Rod Picott
70 pts.
Out Past The Wires
Welding Rod Music
GC,AN,LM,SZ,TK
2
JW Roy & The Royal Family
62 pts.
A Room Full Of Strangers
Royal Family Records
EM,PJ,DH
3
Steph Cameron
61 pts.
Daybreak over Jackson Street
Pheromona
ML
4
JD McPherson
54 pts.
Undivided Heart & Soul
New West
AR,RK,LK
5
Sarah Morris
53 pts.
Hearts In Need Of Repair
Independent
 
6
Turnpike Troubadours
52 pts.
Long Away From Your Heart
Bossier City Records
MA,GF
7
Chris Hillman
51 pts.
Bidin' My Time
Rounder
 
8
Hayward Williams
39 pts.
Pretenders
Why River Records
KG,JB,JBO
9
Joe Henry
38 pts.
Thrum
Ear Music
 
10
Jim White
37 pts.
Waffles, Triangles & Jesus
Loose Music
JJ
12
Margo Price
35 pts.
All American Made
Third Man Records
 
11
Mark Martyre
35 pts.
Rivers
Independent
MF
13
Mavis Staples
32 pts.
If All I Was Was Black
Anti
HO
 
Peter Oren
32 pts.
Anthropocene
Western Vinyl
RB,HB
15
Fred Wickham
29 pts.
Mariosa Delta
Thirty Days Records
 
16
Jeffrey Martin
27 pts.
One Go Around
Fluff & Gravy Records
HDB
17
Blitzen Trapper
25 pts.
Wild and Reckless
Lojinx
JDO
 
Jeff Crosby
25 pts.
Postcards From Magdalena
At The Helm Records
FCE,FC,JS
19
Dori Freeman
24 pts.
Letters Never Read
Blue Hens Music
 
 
Hardpan
24 pts.
Hardpan
Blue Rose Records
WR
21
The Deep Dark Woods
21 pts.
Yarrow
Six Shooter
JF
22
Lilly Hiatt
20 pts.
Trinity Lane
New West
TJ
 
Tom Russell
20 pts.
Folk Hotel
Frontera Records-Proper Records
JAB
24
Eilen Jewell
19 pts.
Down Hearted Blues
Signature Sounds
MW
25
Dick LeMasters
18 pts.
Incompatible Things
Longneck Road Music
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