Will Hoge: Draw the Curtains 

Did you miss Will Hoge when he came through Boise? He was here in early February touring in support of his new release, Draw the Curtains.

This CD is a refreshing mix of fresh tunes and polished delivery. Hoge shows his musical roots in soul, gospel and rhythm and blues. Those roots comes through in spite of his band's Southern rock tendencies and his pure Americana folk lyrics.

Hoge's "Midnight Parade" is one of the tunes suffused with a Southern rock sound. He'll have you singing along with him when he says, "Going down the road to see Miss Anna Lee / She don't ever seem to mind my absent-minded company."

"Washed by the Water" has the soul-gospel feel down pat. Nothing is missing, including harmony vocals on the chorus and a Hammond B3 organ in the background. He sings of hope springing up in spite of sorrow. A broken levy won't keep his protagonist down as he sings, "Down here we're washed by the water / The water can't wash us away."

The folk ethic comes out in "I'm Sorry Now," a sparse tune featuring Hoge and his guitar. He sings, "The light's on in your window / So I know that you can't sleep / I'm down here with a secret / That I ain't prepared to keep."

Putting Draw the Curtains up against other recent releases, Hoge's CD comes out very near the top. In just 10 tracks, there's a full range of my favorite musical types. The truth is, I missed him when he was in Boise, too. But, I have his newest CD, and I'm just hoping he'll make it back before I wear it out.

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