Do you ever hear an album and wonder why you have never heard of the artist before? I do and this album is one of those. Now I may have heard the name before but I had never heard Will Hoge’s music until someone handed me a copy of “The Wreckage”. I screwed around for a while because it had a stack of stuff to get through musically, at home, and at work and soon forgot I had the album. The other day I was cleaning up some stuff and found this little jewel. I plugged it in and wondered where I had been for this man’s last five albums. Six albums and ten years in Will Hoge displays his talent with a roots album that speaks to you in a simple and necessary way. Recorded after a near death van vs. scooter accident and produced by Jim Scott “The Wreckage” is one of the all around best albums of the year.
“The Wreckage” was released almost a year to the day after his accident and is dark, brooding, introspective, moody, and brilliant. While Hoge has recovered from his brush with death this album is not a celebration of that. It is a look at the darker side of life. Ghosts are conjured, dark and smoky images abound. I can see a future of whiskey soaked nights with this album playing. I usually write up a little blurb or two about the songs but I wouldn’t do them justice. I am off to get more of Will’s music and I’ll leave you to decide for yourself about how good this album is.