Song Premiere: Will Hoge, “When I Get My Wings”

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Nashville singer/songwriter Will Hoge will drop album number seven, appropriately titled Number Seven, on September 27 via Ryko. The soulful lead single, “When I Get My Wings,” doesn’t hit the radio until August 1, but you can hear it right here first. Who loves you?

Will Hoge – “When I Get My Wings” by RykoDisc

“The song was inspired by a story I read in the Tennessean obituaries about a lady who had passed away and left her husband behind,” says Hoge. “They were married for like 60 years or something. I just started thinking about what the husband must have gone through, trying to make sense of living life without her.”

Part of what makes “When I Get My Wings” so memorable is its horn heavy, Stax-inspired sound. But it didn’t start out that way.

“The original version was a bluegrass song that came together in probably an hour or so,” remembers Hoge. “The story and lyrics remained the same, but the final version was re-written and re-recorded the final day of tracking. So, in some ways I guess it took an hour to start and a year to finish.”


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