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06/28/2007 Will Hoge (Buffalo, NY @ Thursday in the Square)

By Eric | June 28, 2007 11:47 pm

So after hearing about how great live he was from Tiff, and hearing the various live albums he’s put out, I finally got to see Will Hoge in person. And he didn’t disappoint. The singer/songwriter from Nashville brought his rock/blues/soul revue to Thursday in the Square, and pretty much rocked the place. We heard more than a few comments around us to the tune of “We don’t know who he is, but he’s pretty damn good!”. They opened up with Secondhand Heart, She Don’t Care About Me, and then ripped into The Man Who Killed Love, which got the juices flowing. After a bit of an extended jam on that one, they slowed it down for Someone Else’s Baby, but not before tuning in the local radio station over their monitors! The band then picked it back up with Sweet Magdeline. Woman Be Strong, and Ms. Williams, before getting a bit more serious with Bible Vs. Gun. Back to the rollicking fun stuff with Wait Till Your Daddy Gets Home, July Moon, and All Night Long. As if that wasn’t enough, it seems like their set time kept getting extended, so we got Hearts Are Gonna Roll, and the closer was Doesn’t Have To Be That Way. The band was in fine form, with guitarist Adam Fluhrer rockin solos all over the place. The square kept filling in the later it got, and he had everyone’s rapt attention by the end of it all.

I managed to snag the bass player’s setlist, and we got to meet Will himself near the merch tent for a quick minute to chat and get the setlist signed… he thanked us for coming and “thanks for singing along!”. I think we saw one other group of girls that were singing along, but I have a strong suspicion that he made more than a couple new fans in Buffalo on this night!

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