Author : Tee Mayberry
Franklin Tennessee born Will Hoge is known by many as an alternative singer with a rock edge. His music influence came from an early collection of rock and roll albums that he would frequently sneak and listen to in the attic found in his father’s music stash. In his early life Hoge discovered that he had a special place in his heart for music but never acted upon it. Once Will graduated high school, he moved to Kentucky to attend college there, study history and become a basketball coach but the whole time Hoge was studying, he was thinking about music. He missed it so much that he moved back to Nashville to start his music career. Once he returned, to the “ville” he formed a band called “spoonful” in the mid 1990’s. Much to his demise, the band wasn’t worth a spoonful and quickly disbanded. One thing positive that did come out of “SpoonFul” was that they captured some hits while they were together. Some of the songs have been recycled and are considered hits to this day. Hoge didn’t give up though, he started a solo career along with side kick guitarist Dan Baird of the band “Georgia Satellite” His act drew so much attention that he gained one of the largest followings in the industry and ended up getting the attention of Atlantic Records. Atlantic agreed to release a project named “Carousel” that Will had been working on. Atlantic did not promote his project well so Hoge asked for and was released from his contract and regained all rights to the material from “Carousel”. Though things appeared grim with Will’s career at this point, Will continued to hustle with his solo career without a major backing. He still continued to record independently. He was able to travel the world opening and touring for major acts. He was finally scouted out and signed by another major label “Rykodisc” in 2007.
To this day Will has recorded and released 21 albums. He’s even scored for a show’s opening theme show on CBS. Something in 2008 happened tragic to Will. He was just leaving the studio in Nashville from recording some new hits. He was traveling on his scooter and was struck by a truck. The accident left him with several broken bones. He had to endure several surgeries to repair the damage but the ironic thing about this whole picture is, the night that he left the studio from recording, he was working on his 2009 release “The Wreckage.” Crazy huh? Singing about the wreckage of life yet being involved in a wreck that could have taken his life.
Today will is still writing, arranging, singing, and making appearances. He is embarking on a release on Tuesday October 15 2013 called “Never Give in”. He has a major line up of appearances scheduled for the remainder of 2013, you’ll have to go over to www.willhoge.com to get the run down.
Will Hoge is a singer that has been through some things to get where he’s at this point in his career. He’s taken some wins and some losses from the industry just to become relevant in this business while striving for commercial success. He’s not one of the best vocalists but when he does come with a song, he brings content, personal experience and the conviction to let you know he knows what he’s singing about. His song “Even if it breaks your Heart” and how he sings with conviction about # 1. A child that loves music but doesn’t have the resources to express the song that’s playing deep within his soul. And #2. Once you’re that adult and you’re trying to get your material out there, even to just get someone to listen to you, but you keep getting the door slammed in your face. He’s saying Keep on Dreaming, Keep on Believing, even though it breaks your heart. I mean what artist that’s trying to pursue a career in the music business can’t relate to this song. I give Will props because through all the band breakups, the Labels letting him go and even here lately through the accident where I’m sure he felt he was going to lose his life, he kept on dreaming, he kept on believing and I’m sure he even suffered some heartbreak but look where he has arrived. To you Will Hoge, I bid you Awesomeness!
Now on to the GREAT STUFF
Some of Will Hoge’s favorite things to nosh on are Sushi and a Flank Steak Sandwich from a local Delicatessen in Nashville, TN. So I decided to make my own Will Hoge inspired spin on the Flank Steak Sandwich by making it a sub on some delicious rustic whole wheat bread, some sweet balsamic sauteed red onions, melted Havarti Cheese and a yummy Creamy Spinach Spread to bring it all home. This is a hearty sub that’s made for the true carnivores out there who aren’t counting calories. Nom nom nom !
Let Me Be Lonely Flank Steak Sub
– 1 (4 1/2-pound) Flank Steak, trimmed
– Seasoning Salt
– Fresh Ground Black Pepper
– 1 Medium Red Onion Thinly Sliced
– 2 Tablespoons Aged Balsamic Vinegar
– 3 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
– 3 slices of Soft Havarti Cheese
– 1 Foot Long Crusty Rustic Whole Wheat French Bread Roll
– 8 ounces Fresh Baby Spinach
– 1/4 cup Grated Romano Cheese
– 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt
– 1 Fresh Garlic Clove, crushed
– Sea Salt
1) Bring 3 inches of water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add spinach, cover, and cook for about 2 minutes, just until wilted and soggy. Remove from heat and drain.
2) Mix the garlic, spinach, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and Romano cheese. In small batches, use a food processor to process to your desired consistency. Transfer to a serving dish to spread.
3) Preheat your grill of choice and season with black pepper and seasoning salt to taste. Grill the flank steak to desired cook temperature ( ie, medium rare to medium well) and the slice into 1 and 1/2 inch slices.
4) Preheat your oven to 400 and cook your bread for about 7 minutes until it is nice and warm, then slice it horizontally in the middle to prepare for stuffing.
5) In a small saute pan, add remaining olive oil and red onions. Season with sea salt to taste and add balsamic vinegar. Allow the onions to cook for about 8 minutes until nicely caramelized.
6) Spread the spinach spread on the top half of the sandwich bread and place your onions on the bottom half.
7) In the oven , place your steak on a baking pan and top with havarti cheese. Broil for about 3 minutes on high. Place on top of the onions on the bread and you’re ready to eat 🙂