Last year, the amazingly talented Will Hoge released the seven track “Modern American Protest Music.” Each song is moving, poignant, and current. Will Hoge does what a lot of musicians today are afraid to do – address situations that aren’t easy to talk about. In light of the complete lack of justice displayed by our “justice” system this week, one of my favorite tracks from MAPM has been playing on repeat this evening. Give it a listen. The studio version can be heard on Will’s site here. When you’re done there, go listen to the rest of this man’s music. You can thank me later.
Live fan video from 2012 of Ballad of Trayvon Martin:
The incredible Mr. Hoge discussing the track:
While I’m discussing Will, one of my favorite artists (and as a complete music junky, that’s saying a lot), I have to add a personal note. I was lucky enough to take in two acoustic shows last December, two nights in a row. Almost completely different set lists and both nights were amazing. The venue, The Listening Room in Port Clinton, OH, is a unique 100 seat room that encourages those in attendants to listen to the songs played, save your cheering for the end of each song and think about what the artist is saying with his or her songs. The Listening Room usually books singer-songwriters and this venue is an ideal way to showcase their talent.
After the shows, Will Hoge was kind enough to do a meet and greet for all in attendance, signing, talking and taking pictures with anyone that wanted. Not only is he insanely talented, he’s humble, personable and funny to boot. With a quick wit and a southern drawl, there were very few people in attendance that weren’t charmed by the man.
If he’s in your area, go to a show. You won’t regret it. Promise.
I snagged great seats, front row two nights in a row. Couldn’t have been happier.