Lucero, Will Hoge

Saturn Presents:


Will Hoge

Thu. September 7, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


$22 Advance - $25 Day of Show

This event is 18 and over

You could say we were one of the lucky ones, starting this band in April of '98 without a clue as to what we were doing. We were getting tired of the steady punk rock and metal diet and we wanted to try our hand at country songs, or do our best Tom Waits/Pogues impersonation.
The trick there was that we couldn't really play our instruments! I had never played guitar before and Ben Nichols (lead singer, guitar) had only played bass in other bands. Finding Roy Berry (drummer) and John C. Stubblefield (bassist) solidified the line up and being hidden away in Memphis allowed us to woodshed, experiment with different sounds and create one that was ours alone.
Eventually we got out of town, and playing 250 shows year not only made us tight as a band but as a family as well. We are still one of the few bands out there with the original line up from almost the beginning, and it shows.
Picking up Rick Steff on keys allowed us to expand the sound and grow musically. Being able to play whatever we could think up in our heads and having the music we loved and grew up on motivate and inspire us to try new things and take chances. We realized that if you added some horns to Ben's lyrics that it took it to the next step, from sad bastard country rock to soul and R&B and we realized we were a Memphis band and came by it honest. We have always brought Memphis with us wherever we went and this just proved it.
We came out screaming on 1372 Overton Park. Big sound, bigger horns – like a kid with a new toy we put them on everything and loved it! This record was a marked departure from the previous sound and announcement of way things we're gonna be now!
While 1372 Overton Park was written and the horns added after the fact, Women & Work was written with the horns in mind so it was a little less gung ho and was starting to settle in nicely. Women & Work is one of the best modern Southern rock records in my opinion and the song "On My Way Downtown" has almost surpassed "Tears Don't Matter Much" as the crowd favorite... almost!
This brings us to the new record. All A Man Should Do contains some of the most resonant lyrics Ben Nichols has ever written, lyrics that read like chapters from his life on the duality of relationships, getting older, finding where you want to be in this world, and musically we are broadening our sound. Working with producer Ted Hutt for a third time at the famous Ardent Studios, we felt comfortable enough to take some chances with a palette of new tones that sound understated yet powerful, bringing life to the stories behind the lyrics without overshadowing them.
It's also the first time we've ever put a cover song on a record, with a full band version of big star's "I Fell in Love with a Girl", and having Jody from Big Star sing back–up vocals makes it that more special and amazing. This is a Memphis record in the greatest sense and a perfect finish to the three–part love letter to a city that brought us up and made us what we are today.
"I was 15 years old in 1989. This record sounds like the record I wanted to make when I was 15. It just took 25 years of mistakes to get it done." — Ben Nichols
"Having Big Star actually sing on your cover of a Big Star song that you're recording at Ardent Studios – it doesn't get much more exciting than that." — Ben Nichols
Will Hoge
Will Hoge
"Took a whole lot of miles to know what I know now," sings Will Hoge on "Growing Up Around Here," the opening track off of his tenth studio album, Small Town Dreams. "I'm kinda proud of growing up around here."

It's been a whole lot of miles, indeed: miles on the road, driving the bus himself

from venue to venue since the nineties; miles to and from Nashville writing

rooms, where he's spent hours penning songs – some for him, some for others;

miles exploring lands outside of his native Franklin, Tennessee, chasing the

spirits of his musical heroes. Roads meet, roads split, roads led to home.

Hoge has spent countless years and miles on the road, but he’s just recently

recorded the magic fans love, on “Solo & Live – December 2015” released in

March 2016. Known for his connection with audiences as well as his impressive

vocal ability, he recorded the album in December of last year. The collection

captures the full experience of Hoge’s show – an event that’s never predictable.

Hoge’s unique connection with his fans lies in his ability to stir up somber,

acoustic moments in one turn and then spring a hard-rocking, plugged-in

number the next. "The magic happens in the unsafe moments," he says. The

album showcases songs from Small Town Dreams as well as older entries from

his catalog, including crowd favorites “Through Missing You,” “Jesus Came to

Tennessee” and “When I get My Wings,” among others.

An extremely prolific songwriter with ten albums under his belt and countless

songs written for others (including a Grammy nomination), Never fitting

particularly neatly into a genre box, he's always just made the music that moved


Keeping with the recurring theme of days and nights spent on the road, Hoge

recently crossed the pond and took his live show to Europe, touring through

Scotland and England in the fall of 2015 and again in early 2016, traveling to

Spain, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands. The

tour was in support of Small Town Dreams, which Hoge teamed up with

Marshall Altman on. The collection of songs paints a vivid snapshot of the

American experience.

Throughout everything he does, whether in his live shows or while creating a new

album – one thing remains central: the stories. Hoge’s ability to tell stories is part

of what has made him a vital force in fan's lives who have followed him across the

country and seen countless shows – his songs speak to the reality of all our

experiences, delivered in a way that is honest, true and ever changing.

Whatever the tale may be, both old and new fans alike know one thing for certain

– Hoge’s next release will be a chapter filled with an intriguing story. Stay tuned.
Venue Information:
200 41st Street S
Birmingham, AL, 35222