Listen: Will Hoge - "Never Give In"

“I’m lucky that my sound can’t be pigeonholed,” says Will Hoge. “Being born and raised in Nashville, I never really saw a dividing line between rock and country.” Hoge's music, a compelling mix of classic rock riffs, a Springsteen-styled way with charismatic story-telling and some rowdy roadhouse country twang, was shaped by his dad's record collection. Sure there was plenty of Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. But there was also the music of what Hoge says makes him "a rock and roll guy at heart": The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Otis Redding, Bob Dylan. "Never Give In," the title track to Hoge's forthcoming October 15 album, skillfully blurs the borders as Tom Petty-ish riffs and slide guitar lines play nice with Hoge's husky southern-fried vocals, a roots-rocker that could easily be blasting out of bars from Boston to Austin.

Will Hoge - "Never Give In" (from the album Never Give In)