Nashville’s americana singer, songwriter and musician Will Hoge is announcing his new album ‘My American Dream’. The album – due out on 5th October via EDLO/Thirty Tigers – is the fiercest, angriest, and most heartfelt collection of songs he’s released and can pre-order it here from today. 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 American Dream’ is available to pre-order from today and fans will instantly receive two tracks ‘Thoughts & Prayers’ and the album opener ‘Gilded Walls’. ‘Thoughts & Prayers’ was the first song that Hoge completed, inspired directly by the specter of school shootings and the inept response of politicians. It’s an acoustic ballad in which he asks; “Why don’t you do your job up there? Keep your thoughts and prayers”. It’s a raw, fiery song with just Hoge and his guitar, belting out his frustrations in the recording booth. Hoge added a video for the song, featuring the jaw dropping statistics on gun crime in America and the hollow tweets from the political powers at be around such devastating events. Check out the video here and listen to Hoge’s interview about the gun control debate on The BBC’s Cultural Frontline here.
‘Thoughts & Prayers’ is 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. Hoge drives home the sentiment on the searing album opener ‘Gilded Walls’ which was premiered by American Songwriter yesterday.
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’. “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”.
That’s not to say that there wasn’t room to have fun. Listen to the thumping beat of ‘Nikki’s a Republican Now’ or the crunchy solidarity of ‘Stupid Kids’ and it’s clear Hoge feels the release of cranking the amps up to 11. A big part of that is that, for the first time in several years, he has a permanent lineup playing with him: Thom Donavan on lead guitar, Chris Griffiths on bass, and Allen Jones on drums.
Hoge will be touring the UK this December, supporting Thirty Tigers labelmates Lucero for five specials shows. The solo tour kicks off in Glasgow on the 5th, moving on to Manchester, London, Brighton and then to Brighton. Full details and ticket information are below. Hoge will also return with his band in 2019 for further dates that will be announced soon.
With ‘My American Dream’, Hoge hopes that others will follow his lead, see the world through someone else’s eyes, and maybe — just maybe — begin to fix the mess we’re living in. “I don’t want to write songs telling people how they should feel”, Hoge says. “If anything, maybe there’s a 16- or 17-year-old kid in the small-town South who has rumblings of these feelings but doesn’t have anybody in his little community to go, ‘Hey man, think about it like this for a second. Here’s another group of people’s perspectives'”.
WILL HOGE | 2018 UK TOUR DATES
05. Glasgow, Stereo
06. Manchester, The Deaf Institute
07. London, The Garage
08. Brighton, The Haunt
09. Bristol, Thekla
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