Will Hoge in Indy….

This past weekend, I traveled to Indianapolis to see Will Hoge. He was playing in this really nice venue called Radio Radio.

Thank God that other people brought their camera to the venue Saturday night. At the last minute, I decided not to, which was probably best since we got there late and stood by the bar the whole night. It was definitely an awesome concert. Thanks to all that filmed him!!

This is one of my favorite songs from him…

The best part of the concert was towards the end. He told the crowd that he was going to do an experiment which was going to require some cooperation. Next thing I know, Will Hoge is headed towards us, towards the back of the bar with his guitar and his band following behind him. He then sang a song in the back while the audience gathered around him. So cool..no microphone, just him and the music. I can’t find any video of it, but it was definitely different. The whole time I kept thinking…no way would Taylor ever do that…not without his security detail anyway.

Another awesome vid…

He tours all the time. If he is ever in your area, I would definitely recommend him. After the concert, he stood at the merch table and met people. He was really nice, even to the people who might have had too much to drink. *cringes* It’s been a long time since I had that much fun at a concert…

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47 Responses to “Will Hoge in Indy….”

  1. He then sang a song in the back while the audience gathered around him. So cool..no microphone, just him and the music. I can’t find any video of it, but it was definitely different. The whole time I kept thinking…no way would Taylor ever do that…not without his security detail anyway.
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    I love how some musicians can connect to their audience. This is a wonderful example of how an artist can create an intimacy with their fans.

    You are right, I don’t see T doing anything like that. Last year at the bbq event he came out with 2 armed policemen flanked on each side of him. The man really looked nervous.

  2. Just checked out Will Hodges website. I love how the banner is set up like a map to all of his networking. I also noticed that he’s in tight with KINK FM in Portland. That’s a great station for blues, rock and americana roots music.

    Thanks Grey for introducing Mr. Hodges to us. 😉

  3. Will Hoge is awesome! Very underrated, certainly should be on TV rather than whoever is popular for the month. Especially like the 2nd video. And I love that he got into the audience, however, I don’t see why he should be compared to a totally different artist. Of course T wouldn’t be able to do that, he has some over zealous fans, same with any other celeb fanbase. Poor boy has every right to be scared of some people

    Not sure if you all have seen this yet. I love me some Brett Favre. ❤
    http://taylorhicks.ning.com/photo/greasetourminneapolis2-107?context=latest

  4. mamaforpeace Says:

    On some blogs, everyone jumps on you if you say the least negative thing about TH. On others it seems the deal is to try and point out everything TH does wrong or compare him to others who do it all so much better. Wow! Maybe there is no more grey, only black and white.

  5. Well, mama, if I offend you so much, maybe I’m not for you. 🙂

  6. I agree with Will Hodge being under rated. Hopefully that will change or maybe he likes being where he is in his career.

    Mama-In Tayland it’s always been blk/wht. Very few have the ability to be neutral in this fandom…at least online. Taylor does have his good points.

  7. CF, you mentioned that Tay had 2 armed policemen at last years BBQ. Was the BBQ at the SP convention or do you mean something else. The convention took place right before I came online and have since read old threads about it on the BB. You must mean something else where there was a big crowd if he had armed guards. Guess I’m a little neutral as I got deleted on this blog and on the BB.

  8. Rosie, you haven’t been deleted on this blog so I don’t know what you are talking about.

    I’m referring to the BBQ event held on the Saturday of the SP convention/Hall of Fame event.

  9. My comments were deleted at least twice on this blog.

  10. If your comments were deleted on this blog, it’s because there was a direct attack on another poster.

  11. What’s interesting is that while GMA cancelled Adam’s performance on their show, The Early Show picked him up. Some are still complaining that he should apologize for his “lewd behaviour” on AMA.

    He shouldn’t have to apologize to no one. If every musician apologized for offending someone, we wouldn’t have musicians. In this country we are free-or suppose to be. That includes turning the TV off or on mute when something that you deem as offensive is on. No one is forcing anyone to watch.

  12. jerseyirish Says:

    cf, I agree folks shouldn’t have to apologize for their actions if they feel there is no need. I have seen many musicians through out the years do things some have apologized some haven’t. I’m just wondering if Adam does feel the pressure to comment on his AMA appearance will most loose respect for him because he did? Or accept that he did what he felt needed to be done to correct a wrong as seen by some.

    JI

  13. jerseyirish Says:

    Finally got to listen to the vids. Didn’t care for #1 but 2 & 3 were good. The place seemed to have nice atomosphere which always make a show more enjoyable, glad you had a good time!!

    JI

  14. I still appreciate the fact that he got into the crowd and performed. To me that’s a show. Would love to have been there for that.

  15. This is way off the beaten path but I found this video funny as hell. Anyone out there a Sims 3 fan? If so Enjoy…..

  16. These guys really need their own comedy show….

  17. mamaforpeace Says:

    IAG, I save being offended for things that matter. I was just commenting on the fact that there seems to be very little middle ground when it comes to TH. Cf, you are probably right, it may always have been that way. I just think the world is a more interesting place if we make room for differences. And no matter how much I love somebody, I recognize there will be things about them I don’t care about. In the words ot the great St Exupery “rien n’est parfait!”.

  18. He shouldn’t have to apologize to no one
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    You’re right CF…if he doesn’t want to apologize he shouldn’t. But at the end of his performance he gave the finger..meaning” F*#@ You, take it or leave it”..I guess ABC decided to leave it and don’t feel they need to apologize for that either.

  19. jerseyirish Says:

    cf So sorry for the loss of your friend, its never easy but when it happens quickly its harder to move on, my thoughts are with you. Keep the faith with the illness you battle, hang in there.

    My kids love The Sims one of their favorite games!

    JI

  20. “The whole time I kept thinking…no way would Taylor ever do that…not without his security detail anyway. ”

    You ruined the whole thing (for me) by tacking that on… LOL

  21. I had come here to say that I really liked Anoop’s voice on AI, and based on the music I’ve heard from him so far I will buy his stuff. But Adam & his theatrics were glorified and Annop continually over-criticized… Anoop (I hope) won’t be doing all the raunchy gimmicks to bring attention to his music, but I’m looking forward to hearing it. http://www.ainow.org/index.php/top-stories/1420-ainoworg-exclusive-anoop-desai-says-qgiving-up-is-not-an-option-and-neither-is-failureq

  22. hicksaholic Says:

    I really liked Matt Giraud, think he is very talented. I hope he gets a shot at a decent recording contract.
    I’m willing to cut Adam some slack. He was put in a very high pressure situation and then the fall didn’t help. I agree with Adam that it would be much less uproar if it had been two females up there doing the same thing. I will have to go check out mj’s. I bet the GMA cancellation has created a big controversy.

  23. jerseyirish Says:

    NolaMar, Always liked Anoop, his style, voice were appealing to me. Hope he gets signed with someone who will promote his talent.

    JI

  24. If anyone cares to read up on Will Hodges (who this blog is about) you can check him out at his website at:

    http://www.willhoge.com/

  25. jerseyirish Says:

    cf, Thanks for posting, doesn’t seem like he is getting close enough to home for Thanksgiving. He has alot going on right now.

    JI

  26. Interesting – I liked the songs – not excited about his voice, but may not be the best recording quality affecting that…

    cf – I don’t get this paragraph:
    “If every musician apologized for offending someone, we wouldn’t have musicians. In this country we are free-or suppose to be. That includes turning the TV off or on mute when something that you deem as offensive is on. No one is forcing anyone to watch.”

    do you mean that any musician that DOES apoligize for offending others then we no longer ‘have them’? huh?

    No one is forcing anyone to read this comment.

  27. Nola – LOVE this – HAHHAHA

    NolaMar Says:

    November 24, 2009 at 10:04 pm
    “The whole time I kept thinking…no way would Taylor ever do that…not without his security detail anyway. ”

    You ruined the whole thing (for me) by tacking that on… LOL

  28. hicksfan7, I’m with you on this thread and the prior one.

  29. ha – rosie – I ALWAYS agree with your comments, in fact many times wish I had written them!

  30. whoa! WAY off topic – but here is a GOOD review of The Distance, song by song –
    Taylor Hicks – The Distance – Album Review
    November 25, 2009 by Willis
    Filed under Pop

    Taylor Hicks – The Distance – Album Review

    If You Think You Know the Music of Taylor Hicks, “The Distance” Will Show You a New Side

    Taylor still knows how to deliver a song and grab the listener, as Rod Stewart once said of Taylor, “by the balls”.

    “The Distance” is listed as a pop album. Taylor infuses his own soulful take with his Modern Whomp Sound and in my opinion it can best be described as Americana music.

    The CD “The Distance” takes the listener on a journey through amazing story songs of love, humor, heartache, the effects of war and growing together as one.

    The title track “The Distance” is a rocking tune that will have listeners dancing to the beat. The message is clear. “We are all the same – if we build that bridge together, we will all be in a better place and the distance between us all will be gone one day.

    “What’s Right is Right” is the second track and is the first single available for download on iTunes. This is a soulful love song than many can relate to, capturing the old R&B sounds of the past. Taylor reminds us how wonderful it is to know that someone is there beside you through rough times as well as the good times. You can view the video at Yahoo Video Premieres.

    “New Found Freedom” the third track is another rocking tune that will get you on your feet. This song is a feel good song of freedom in leaving the past experiences behind while keeping your head held high. The gospel tones in this song give a very spiritual sound to the listener.

    “Nineteen” track four, was originally performed by Waycross, but Taylor Hicks puts his soulful voice into it to make it his own. With the recent events shaping today’s world this song will find a place in everyone’s heart.

    “Once Upon a Lover of Mine” track five on the CD is a song that will get you swaying and grooving to the Modern Whomp beat that has become Hicks’ trademark.

    “Seven Mile Break Down” track six, was written by Taylor’s close friend Wynn Christian from Spoonful James. Another toe-tapping song that Taylor delivers in his own way making you want to listen again and again.

    “Maybe You Should” track seven is the sad love song I have been waiting to hear from Taylor Hicks. The song is about a guy remembering how great they had it at one time but painfully aware those if she can walk away; forget what they felt and what they built together, -than maybe she
    should. Taylor’s voice and delivery will touch you deeply.

    “Keepin it Real” track eight, is Modern Whomp at its best, true and fun. The beat and the lyrics will keep you moving and smiling. Taylor does his own harmonica solo which fans have all come to love.

    “I Live on a Battlefield” track nine is a song was written by Paul Carrack/Nick Lowe and made famous by the Pointer Sisters. Taylor brings this song back to the forefront of music and the beat will get you dancing and wanting more.

    On “Wedding Day Blues” track ten, Taylor shows his true grit and humor. You will be laughing before the song comes to an end. This song would do well as a video.

    “Woman Gotta Have it” track eleven is the final track on the album. First sung by Bobby Womack, but in my opinion, Taylor’s voice and delivery makes this much better than the original. Hicks does an amazing collaboration with Elliott Yamin. These two soulful sounding men are amazing together and this song will be loved by both Taylor and Elliott fans and will attract new fans.

    So my assessment of this CD is that Taylor Hicks went out on his own, created his own label, worked his butt off looking for the right songs and nailed it. It’s clear that Taylor Hicks put his own personality and creativity into the making of this CD. Taylor has shown growth both as a musician and as a songwriter.

    ***
    of course it was probably written by some puritan, God-Fearing, Judgemental Old Hag…hahahhahahhah

  31. jerseyirish Says:

    hf7, Thanks for bringing that over, really a nice honest review of the CD. Then guy really seemed to get Taylor and his music.

    JI

  32. jerseyirish Says:

    November 26, 2009 at 9:14 pm
    hf7, Thanks for bringing that over, really a nice honest review of the CD. Then guy really seemed to get Taylor and his music.

    JI
    ============================================
    So only good reviews are honest? It was a nice review. He gets so few of them re his music that it’s nice to see a small ray of sunshine peek thru.

  33. It was an honest review to this particular listener …. a review where you actually thought the person had listened to the music and not just wrote what he /she had read on the coatails of one of the high profile reviewers.
    I have read a few nice reviews regarding The Distance, but you can’t please everyone.

  34. Thanks for the clarification Anne. The first time I read your comment I took it that a person only gives an honest review if it’s a positive one and the negative reviews aren’t honest. I had to re-read your post a few times but now I get it.

    I think most of the so called reviews that come out today (not meaning this one) is written by people who don’t listen to the music. They either already have a tainted picture of the subject or just go by sales numbers or idol chit chat. This is why I don’t put any stock in reviews. Take Daughtry for example…those few who continue to prey on his lack luster sales of his latest cd are taking the negative reviews as gospel. So, if the above analogy holds true for Hicks, it should also with Daughtry, Lambert and the others as well. 😉

    For me, “The Distance” isn’t great but it’s much better than “Taylor Hicks” cd. I give Taylor an A+ for exploring his creativity and testing different music styles. Hopefully he will settle into the music format that he is comfortable with and build from there.

    Hope all has a great Black Friday!

  35. Who here knew that Clay Conner is actually quite talented himself?? I didn’t! All I knew of him “musically” before a few weeks ago was that he tuned Taylor’s guitars before the shadow shows. I bought and liked the Front Wheels CD a few weeks back, so went to see him at Smith’s Olde Bar last night since I happened to be in Atlanta. VERY good show!

  36. Cf…I believe that critics and journalism in general has become so lazy and complacent in the past few years that I, like you have put no stock in what any of them say about anything….if from their review I get the feeling they have actually listened or researched their subject then the outcome good or bad I can at least recpect.

  37. cf – I AGREE with this:’

    “I give Taylor an A+ for exploring his creativity and testing different music styles. Hopefully he will settle into the music format that he is comfortable with and build from there. ”

    ….and I hope so too!

    ***
    and Anne – re: “a review where you actually thought the person had listened to the music ” – that’s what I thought too!

  38. That review sounds like it was written by a fan. But that’s OK, it’s nice to have something positive out there.

  39. I thought it sounded a bit like Cindy Wrights review.

  40. jerseyirish Says:

    Caryl, cf, The review was done by a guy name Willis, he has a music site also,don’t know who he is, just saw the review, here is the review with his name:

    http://newmusicreviews.net/taylor-hicks-the-distance-album-review/

    JI

  41. mamaforpeace Says:

    I hope it’s ok if I post some music on this holiday week-end. We were talking about Dave Matthews a while back. I really like this:

  42. What cha talking about Willis? I’m a huge fan, yet I couldn’t honestly write such a glowing review of every song of The Distance. Think Willis is in luv.

  43. If you will take a look around Willis’s site , it seems he is fairly knowledgeable about music. The fact is whether you care for the song or not all of the music on The Distance is very well done. Very well put together by good musicians.
    I know that I can appreciate the way a song is done even when I am not crazy about the song. You might say you don’t like a song but can you say the song , the music , was poorly done?
    I hear so many little nuances in Taylors music, things that often go unnoticed, I never tire of a song I like, and often end up liking one I thought I didn’t.

  44. henry8 – I am the same as you describe in your final sentence, in fact, it is a rare song that I find myself ‘loving’ on the first go-round. ‘Maybe You Should’ was one that I DID!

  45. This post was suppose to focus on Will Hoge right? x-D
    Good video:

  46. Since this thread bopping all around, anyone listen to The Damien Cripps Band?
    “Meltdown”

  47. Thanks for the Will H vids! Especially liked #4. Still want to watch he rest and the Damien Cripps one. Later…..

    RE: Liking songs the first time, that is rare for me too. I don’t judge a song or album until I’ve listened at leas a few times.

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