The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room

Will Hoge

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8:00 PM
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Tickets are $20 seated and $15 standing.

Will Hoge is a critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter who has the distinction of a #1 Billboard charting song as well as CMA, ACM, and Grammy nominations.

Has toured with The Avett Brothers, Shinedown, Jason Isbell, Social Distortion, Dierks Bentley, Needtobreathe, and more

“It’s rare, heck it’s impossible to call anything perfect. Thing is, Will Hoge hit[s] all the notes melodically, harmonically, and sonically…” – No Depression

“Hoge is essentially his own man, and it’s a credit to his credence that he never comes across as a poser or pretender. When you’re giving a voice to the masses, credibility is essentially, and fortunately, Hoge comes across as a genuine crusader who heeds his calling.” – PopMatters

"Will Hoge didn't really need to release a new album in 2018. His most recent, Anchors, came out last August, reaching No. 6 on Billboard Heatseekers and the Top 20 on the Indie chart. He'd toured the United States and Europe, and could've settled in from there. But there was something he couldn't stop thinking about: his children.

Border police. Political corruption. Anti-intellectualism. Poverty. Gun control. A broken education system. Indifference to others' suffering. Each of these things weighed on Hoge, and he confronts them all head-on in My American Dream, which will come with a copy of the U.S. Constitution printed with the lyrics in both the LP and CD (out October 5th on Edlo/Thirty Tigers).

"Those things kept me up at night — and this record was less expensive than therapy," he says, laughing. "Silence couldn't be a part of my deal anymore.” and Hoge dealt with his fears the only way he knows how, by making music. The result is the fiercest, angriest, and most heartfelt collection of songs he's released. Eight songs of rabble-rousing political commentary that turns a critical eye on the crisis of conscience and culture threatening to tear apart his country, the album is Hoge's impassioned portrait of what he holds dear — and what we all might risk losing.

"My kids and their future, that's the biggest thing for me. My boys are 11 and 7, they're happy and healthy kids, and I feel lucky for that every day," says Hoge, who's wife is a teacher at the same school that their sons attend in Nashville, Tennessee. "Every morning at 7 o'clock, everything I care about in the world goes to one building. It takes one knucklehead with a gun going into that one building to ruin all that for me.”

The first song that Hoge completed was inspired directly by the specter of school shootings and the inept response of politicians: "Thoughts & Prayers” (released as a single and named as one of the Top 25 Songs of 2017 by Rolling Stone Country) is an acoustic ballad in which he asks, "Why don't you do your job up there? Keep your thoughts and prayers.” “Sadly, it seems that “thoughts and prayers” is America’s new slogan” says RS. It's a raw, fiery song with just Hoge and his guitar, belting out his frustrations in the recording booth. Production wise, It’s a stark contrast to the straight, no-holds-barred rock and roll of the rest of the album, though the inextinguishable spirit remains the same throughout and the urgency of the music comes through in every note.​

The Willow Tree

216 East Main Street
Johnson City, TN 37604
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Tickets

Will Hoge SEATED
$20.00
Will Hoge STANDING
$15.00