Will Hoge stood at a truck stop urinal in Hillsboro, Texas and listened to two truckers singing every word to his song “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” as it played on the radio. It sounds like the setup to a joke waiting for it’s punch line, but the Grammy nominated singer-songwriter isn’t laughing. “If anything, the mainstream success of ‘Even If It Breaks Your Heart’ and the CMA and Grammy nominations have inspired me to work even harder and really push myself to another level,” said Hoge.
A decade removed from Carousel, his major label release on Atlantic Records, Hoge has struggled with the constant “square peg, round hole” tag much of that time. “Rock radio says we sound too country and country radio says we sound too much like rock & roll,” laments Hoge. Therefore, over the span of his last three records on Rykodisc, you could find Will Hoge in the Americana section of your record stores and getting most of his airplay on AAA radio. But 2012 brought significant attention to Will Hoge, the likes of which he’d never seen before. Spending the early part of the year supporting Dierks Bentley’s…[read more…]