Back in July, Lucas Hoge released his latest full-length record Dirty South. With songs about southern nights, summer loves and fond memories, Dirty South quickly became the album of the summer, even hitting the #1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Album Sales Chart in just the first week. The country singer songwriter has been working hard on this project, and his time and efforts have certainly paid off both with the industry, and his fans.
“This has been a project I have been working on the quite some time. There are lots of songs I co-wrote with great friends and I’m proud to have them all on here with me.” says Hoge.
Kicking us off with the sweet southern taste of “Shoo Fly Pie”, and the hopeless romantic approach in “Boom Boom”, Lucas Hoge’s music is instantly relatable, something the singer strived for while writing.
“I literally drew inspiration from everywhere and everyday life. I love to write about topics that everyone can relate to, so then we all have an instant connection the first time we hear it.”
“Power of Garth” is an exceptional example of just that, as we find ourselves reflecting on our own lives as we listen. We all have an artist or a song that means the most to us, and a story from our own lives that fits behind their words. In “Power of Garth”, Hoge is passionate about how Garth Brooks’ music was instrumental to him. Ironically, singing alongside Garth Brooks is high up on Hoge’s bucket list, and with his success so far, we know this dream will soon become a reality.
He gets nostalgic with “Mad Dog Memories”, and gives us a playful summer vibe with “Flip Flops”, a song that will help us hold on to summer long after it ends. Halabamalujah is a clever play on words with a slow southern feel and a pile of tongue twisters, while the title track “Dirty South” is packed with that same true country grit, and a lot of country loving,
Lucas Hoge wraps up his record with a personal ballad, and for me as a listener, it stopped me in my tracks.
“The last track is a song called “Who’s Gonna Be There” I wrote about loosing a dear friend of mine after we graduated from High School. When you live in a small town like this friends are family.”
This song proves Hoge’s talent as a songwriter and lyricist. From the beautifully orchestrated instrumentals, to the authentic story line, this song stays with us, as well as its message.
While 2017 is coming to an end, Hoge is just getting started. We will not have to wait long to hear new music from the country star, as he is scheduled to release his first ever Christmas Album in October.
“We are releasing my first Christmas album in mid October and I’m really proud of this album as well. I wrote 5 of the 10 Christmas songs on it and I look forward to everyone hearing it, it’s the perfect stocking stuffer gift.”
Until then, we will continue to have Dirty South on repeat, and we look forward to another well rounded country album filled with classics and originals from Lucas Hoge, just in time for the Holidays.