Friday New Releases – August 11th

Happy Friday!  My busy season is just a couple weeks from being over and I can’t wait.  I need some new music to get me through it, but it is a very weak week.  Well, all except for one and it is highlighted in Blue.  I hope there is something for you.  Luckily I still have a few from last week to get through in more detail.

  • 51CDRf5FgHL._AC_US218_  Will Hoge – Anchors – (Bordello Records):  One of my favorite singer/songwriters is Will Hoge and I love it when he puts out new music so I am super excited about this one.  He is the man!!  I think he is one of the best songwriters out there today and you must check him out.  He is a little bit of rock, a little bit of country and a little bit of folk.  He is a little bit of everything.  I believe this is his 10th studio release if you count his two independent releases from early on in his career.  He also has a bunch of E.P.s and Live albums.

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My Sunday Song – “Not That Cool” by Will Hoge

My Sunday Song #44 is from one of my favorite artists, Will Hoge.  The song is called “Not That Cool” and is off his 2003 album, ‘Blackbird on a Lonely Wire’.  If you don’t know who Will Hoge is, you are missing out.  He is a singer/songwriter with a southern rock, alternative country and folk rock sound.  You have it to give him a listen.

“Not That Cool” was a song I heard on internet radio way back 2003.  It was one of those songs that immediately connected with me and I went out and bought the album.  Usually I have a 3 song rule before actually buying an album.  I have to like 3 songs on it before I spend the cash.  Buying “Blackbird on a Lonely Wire’ on only knowing ONE song is a strong indication on how much I loved this song.

Growing up, I was a pretty shy.  I didn’t have any smooth lines, I was average looking (still am) and I wasn’t cool (still ain’t cool).  I never would have had the courage to walk up to a beautiful girl in a bar and give her some line or even ask her out.  That wasn’t me.  That is exactly what the song is about.  The song could have been written about me!!  No joke!  That is why this song spoke to me and I connected with it so fast.  It was about ME!  How I ended up with such a beautiful wife is beyond me! I married so out of my league.

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Will Hoge – ‘Blackbird On A Lonely Wire’ – Album Spotlight

Can you fall in love with an album or an artist by hearing only one song?  The answer for me is a resounding YES!!  That happened to me many moons ago when I heard one of the coolest songs I have ever heard.  The song was “Not That Cool” by Will Hoge.  The song was about me.  He reached into my soul and wrote this song just for me.  Ok, he didn’t really, but it felt like it was.

Will Hoge - Highline Ballroom

Not That Cool” was about a young man that wants to talk to a women but the only problem was he doesn’t feel cool enough to approach her and use a corny line.  It was me.  I am so not cool and could never have the courage to walk up to a pretty woman and give her a line.  I was a little too shy for that.  However, I still managed to snag a very beautiful woman and somehow she agreed to marry me.  Almost 15 years later, we are still together.

This was the song that introduced me to the amazingly talented, singer, songwriter Will Hoge and the album was ‘Blackbird On A Lonely Wire’.  The album came out in 2003 on Atlantic Records and was his 2nd studio release with a major label.  After hearing “Not That Cool”, I immediately went out and bought the whole album.

Will Hoge has been described as Americana, Alt. Country with a Southern Rock flair and it fits him perfectly.  This album throws in a little pop as well as some blues aspects to various songs.  The album flow is wonderful and the songs are well placed.

After the fun of “Not That Cool”, he goes straight into another upbeat song “”Be The One”.  The song keeps the energy going with a radio friendly song that sadly I never heard on the radio. Then he slows things down a little with “King of Grey” and brings a little country to the sad feeling song.

Things pick right back up with a Tom Petty sounding song called “Secondhand Heart”.  The song style would fit perfect on any Petty album.  “Hey Tonight” comes next and adds a little pop back into another very radio friendly song.

“Doesn’t Have to Be That Way” brings a little blues sound mixed with his raspy rock voice and when you hear it you will realize why it is my second favorite song on the album.  The song shows off his voice and song writing talents.

“It’s A Shame” has a little darker tone and a nice rock sound to it. A great follow-up to “Doesn’t Have to Be That Way”.  Will adds a little piano into another country song called “Someone Else’s Baby”.  A great sounding song.

Will Hoge rocks out on the next song “TV Set”.  A very fast, fun paced song that will get you moving.  I love the way he mixes genres in his songs and from one song to the next.  Somehow it works.

“Better Off Now” is another song that has a Petty sound and might be a big reason I like this album as I am a big Tom Petty fan.  “All Night Long” goes back to full on rock song and races through with heavy beats and great guitars.

Will changes pace again on the final song “Baby Girl”.  He pulls out the acoustic guitar and slows it down with a beautiful ballad.  A sweet love song and the longest song on the album at over 5 minutes.

Overall it is a fantastic album and my favorite Will Hoge album mainly because it was my first.  If you aren’t familiar with Will Hoge, this is a great introduction.  He has over 8 studio albums and numerous extended play and live albums so there is plenty to enjoy.  I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing him live yet, but I feel it is probably where he shines.  I hope you check him out and if you do, let me know what you think.

Track Listing:

  1. “Not That Cool”
  2. “Be The One”
  3. “King of Grey”
  4. “Secondhand Heart”
  5. “Hey Tonight”
  6. “Doesn’t Have to Be That Way”
  7. “It’s A Shame”
  8. “Someone Else’s Baby”
  9. “TV Set”
  10. “Better Off Now”
  11. “All Night Long”
  12. “Baby Girl”

 

Happy 4th of July – Is it time for another Revolution?

I am not usually political, but I feel this country is screwed no matter who gets elected.  I am not partial to Trump or Clinton.  I think they both suck!!  Since we are celebrating the birthday of our country, I thought I would do a playlist of songs about Revolution rather than going all patriotic.

Something needs to change soon or I fear the country my children are growing up in will be worse off than it is now.  Patriotism doesn’t seem to be a word in anyone’s vocabulary anymore.  Being politically correct, has gone too far in the wrong direction.  Racism seems to be at an all time high, when it should be non-existent.

If you say something nowadays that doesn’t jive with how a handful of people feel is the correct way to think, you get bashed on the internet or blasted in the media or even fired from your job.  Since when does a person’s opinion deserve that treatment.  What happened to freedom of speech.

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#TBT – Favorite albums of 2009

For Throwback Thursday, I am going to look back to the year 2009 and my favorite albums from that year.  These might not have been the most popular or the best selling albums, but they are what I enjoyed most that year.  So here are my favorites (in no particular order):

51znVwcqQQL._AC_US160_W.E.T. – W.E.T.: A perfect melodic rock album from members of Talisman, Eclipse and Work of Art. Great flow from beginning to end. Jeff Scott Soto is the lead singer and I have been a fan of all of JSS’ solo work and his work with Talisman and now with SOTO (see my artist profile on him here).  Highlights are “One Love”, “Brothers In Arms” & “Comes Down Like Rain”.

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Bands I Discovered Through Internet Radio – Playlist

Have you discovered great bands by listening to Internet Radio? There are so many bands that I would hear just one song by that band and instantly become a fan. Below is a list of some bands that I now listen to just because I heard one song while listening to Internet Radio stations. The song on the list is that one song that turned me on to the band. Enjoy!

Will Hoge – “Not That Cool”

My Darkest Days – “Porn Star Dancing”

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