My Sunday Song – “Middle of America” by Will Hoge

For My Sunday Song #264, we are talking about “Middle of America” by Will Hoge. The song is off his 2015 album “Small Town Dreams” and the song went to #53 on the Country charts while the album went to #15 on the Country Charts and #162 on the Billboard 200 which isn’t the highest chart position, but it made the chart nonetheless. The song was written by Will Hoge with Jessi Alexander and Tommy Lee James who are both highly sought after writers in the Country scene.

“Middle of America” is about just that thing. Those states you tend to flyover when travelling across the country. Those small towns that keep the country moving. Will, Jessi and Tommy were having a writing session and they were talking about growing up in these small towns and what life was like. You have that town drunk, that veteran, that hometown band and everything else you would expect in a small town.

The music for the song is pure country on this one with a southern rock vibe as well. I think of it as a cross between John Mellencamp’s “Small Town” and “Pink Houses” and he knew how to tell those small town songs and I feel this one is right up there with some of the best. It is so good in fact that Will couldn’t decide whether to give to a Country artist to sing and make tons of money or keep it for himself. Thankfully, he kept it for himself. Will’s vocals fit the song perfectly. He has a little grit and also a smoothness that swallows you up in the song and makes you move to the beat and invested in the song. The guitars on it have some fine picking and the drums lay down a great beat that keeps the song a little on the happy side of nostalgia.

Give the song a listen and let me know what you think. Did you grow up in a town like this and can you name each person he mentions from your town? My town wasn’t that small so I can’t, but I know we had all those people. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a Happy Sunday!!

“Middle Of America”

Jessie told her mama, she’s gonna be out late
But she ain’t comin’ home at all
Tyler’s gettin’ new ink out at that little place
Down by the old strip mall
Somebody’s gonna get drunk, somebody’s gonna get lucky
Tomorrow there’s gonna be talk
But it’ll be alright, it’s just another night
In the middle of America

We’re lettin’ our freedom ring
Chasin’ these small town dreams
Doin’ what our parents did
Watchin’ them shake their heads
Thinkin’ we’ve all gone crazy lately
But we know it’ll be alright, it’s just another night
In the middle of America

Brandon just got back, two years in Iraq
They’re throwin’ him a party tonight
Lindsay’s home cryin’ cause she caught Travis in
Another one of his damn lies
Yeah, Billy and the band, they’re settin’ up their amps and
Playin’ for beer in that little dive
But it’ll be alright, it’s just another night
In the middle of America

We’re lettin’ our freedom ring
Chasin’ these small town dreams
Doin’ what our parents did
Watchin’ them shake their heads
Thinkin’ we’ve all gone crazy lately
But we know it’ll be alright, it’s just another night
In the middle of America

Yeah, we’re bustin’ our asses
Yeah, we’re raisin’ our glasses
Ain’t afraid to get aloud when the sun goes down round here
But we know it’ll be alright, it’s just another night
In the middle of America

We’re lettin’ our freedom ring
Chasin’ these small town dreams
Doin’ what our parents did
Watchin’ them shake their heads
Thinkin’ this whole world’s crazy lately
But we know it’ll be alright as it’s just another night
In the middle of America
Everybody, it’ll be alright, it’s just another night
In the middle of America

Written by Will Hoge, Jessi Alexander and Tommy Lee James

10 thoughts on “My Sunday Song – “Middle of America” by Will Hoge

  1. So yeah I am from “flyover country” and this song is exactly what it’s like. I grew up here and, beyond a brief 3 year interruption where I lived on the other side of the world, I’ve been here my adult life. This song is a perfect representation of that. I’ve never heard of this guy before but he nails it.

    I’m more into the late 2000’s outlaw and also I guess neo-traditionalist country myself, but this is a pretty cool sound. And I think you nailed it that this is very Mellencamp-influenced. I always got that out of a lot of “alt-country” or whatever people want to call it, that he is a standard-bearer for this sound. This was and still somewhat is a pretty big sound in country’s subculture today.

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