Will Hoge and company rolled the big purple tour bus into town Thursday night, June 15, for a show at The Pour House.
About a hundred people turned out for the band’s first Raleigh show since August 2003, and even Hoge seemed pleasantly surprised at the turnout, telling the crowd he’s had more than his fair share of crappy shows in town, but “This isn’t one of them.”
The band — Dean Tomaek on bass, Adam Fluhrer on guitar, Jefferson Crow on keys and Siggi Birkis keeping the beat — opened with “Secondhand Heart,” off Hoge’s 2003 release Blackbird on a Lonely Wire and didn’t slow down through most of their 90-minute set.
A rough sketch of the night’s play list includes “The Man Who Killed Love,” “Pocket Full of Change,” “Wait ‘Til Your Daddy Gets Home,” “July Moon” “Lover Tonight,” “Hearts are Gonna Roll” (all on Hoge’s latest release, The Man Who Killed Love — and excellent album if I say so myself), “She Don’t Care,” “Ms. Williams” (off his 1999 release Carousel), and a brand-new song, “Southern Belle.”
Even though there have been changes in Hoge’s lineup over the years, one thing remains consistent. His shows never fail to be high-energy and extremely entertaining. Who knows — maybe he won’t wait another 3 years before returning to town.