Will Hoge, Dan Layus of Augustana

Will Hoge

Dan Layus of Augustana

Wed, November 15, 2017

8:00 pm

This event is 21 and over

Will Hoge
Will Hoge
"I hit a wall," says Will Hoge. "I was doing the best touring of my career and I had a great, steady gig writing songs, but I was falling out of love with being in a band. I didn't have a good answer when I asked myself, 'Why am I still doing this?' So I walked away. I had to figure out what was next."

For Hoge, what came next was a quest to reclaim the joy and the magic that had drawn him to music in the first place. He let his band go and hit the road for roughly a year of solo shows, crisscrossing the country by himself with just a guitar and a keyboard. He felt rejuvenated by the freedom and began writing material that reenergized him, that made him feel like a kid falling in love with rock and roll all over again. Those songs ignited a dormant flame somewhere deep within Hoge's soul, and now they form the bulk of Anchors, his strongest and most nuanced album to date.

"All the solo work made me fall back in love with the process and really inspired me from a writing perspective," says Hoge. "I was so excited when it was time to record this album because I didn’t have any parameters that I had to stay inside anymore. I could reach out to anyone I wanted and put together a band that could play these songs in a way that just felt cool and natural, like we used to do in my garage back when I was a teenager."

Hoge's teenage garage band years were spent in Franklin, TN, but his music career didn't begin in earnest until he moved roughly twenty miles up the road to Nashville. Starting with the release of his acclaimed 2001 debut, Carousel, Hoge established himself as a masterful songwriter and performer as well as a critical favorite, with Rolling Stone comparing him to Bob Seger and John Mellencamp and NPR praising his "sharp, smart, passionate rock 'n' roll that seems to exist out of time." Hoge built up a loyal fanbase the old fashioned way, maintaining a steady studio output and a relentless touring schedule of more than 200 shows a year, including bills with the likes of My Morning Jacket, the Black Crowes, and Drive-By Truckers, in addition to festival slots from Bonnaroo to Austin City Limits.
Dan Layus of Augustana
Dan Layus of Augustana
As the founder andfrontman of Augustana, Dan Layus defined a post-modern music somewhere between roots and rock. After a move to Nashville, Layus releasedDangerous Things,his critically-acclaimedsolo album, on his own label. No less than The WallStreet Journaloffered, “(‘’Dangerous Things’) invokes some personal reflections about moderation and balance. There’s a clear character in the tune, but it’s informed much by Layus’ own life and feelings.

”Drawing on Hank Williams, Tom Waits, Dwight Yoakam and Woody Guthrie, Dangerous Things was recorded in Nashville at SouthxSea Studios. Employing minimal production to draw out the raw ache, small joys and inherent struggle in the songs, Layus enlisted the Secret Sisters to add dimension to the deep sense of yearning.

As Layus says of the decision to create Dangerous Things, "I always knew this album was out there waiting, I just had to let it come to me. That was the most challenging part of this record: three years of repeatedly realizing I was tryingtoo hard to write a perfect song. It all started to make sense and feel good as soon as I stopped treating songwriting like it was songwriting.
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Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107