Will Hoge's latest album Small Town Dreams is set in his hometown of Franklin, Tennessee. It's a reflection of the critically-acclaimed songwriter's upbringing some 25 miles out of Music City. It also captures his life now, as a family man and artist, and hints at where he's going.
Hoge has always been one of our favorite storytellers, and we're thrilled to bring you the premiere of Small Town Dreams ' "They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To." It's a poignant heartland rocker that speaks directly to his roots.
What's the story behind "They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To?"
I wrote the song with Sean McConnell and as soon as we started writing it, the lyrics immediately struck a chord with me. We ended up with a song that has some of my favorite lyrics on the album.
What advice would you give someone who was going to visit Franklin? Where should they visit, and where should they eat?
It's all changed so much since I've lived there. I'd suggest you run by my mama's house for pot roast, cheese grits, and fried corn.
What's the last Nashville concert you've been to?
I saw my friend Wade Bowen recently at 3rd and Lindsley. The show was great and the venue is becoming one of the city's premier venues. I had a ball.
Have you been to Musicians Corner?
Never performed there, but I have been. I love it. I think it really showcases the local scene and how well folks work together and it's a great place to be able to go as a whole family too. Can't wait to see this year's lineup!