Singer-songwriter Will Hoge will gig at the World Cafe Live in Philly on Sept. 20

Grammy-nominated roots rocker Will Hoge will headline downstairs at the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, Pa. on Sept. 20.

Dan Layus will open the show. 

"I hit a wall," Hoge said. "I was doing the best touring of my career and I had a great, steady gig writing songs, but I was falling out of love with being in a band. I had to figure out what was next."

For Hoge, what came next was a quest to reclaim the joy and the magic that had drawn him to music in the first place. He let his band go and hit the road for roughly a year of solo shows, crisscrossing the country by himself with just a guitar and a keyboard.

He felt rejuvenated by the freedom and began writing material that re-energized him, that made him feel like a kid falling in love with rock and roll all over again. Those songs ignited a dormant flame somewhere deep within his soul, and now they form the bulk of Anchors, his strongest and most nuanced album to date.

Recorded with an all-star band comprised of drummer Jerry Roe (Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Darius Rucker), bassist Dominic Davis (Jack White, Wanda Jackson) and guitarists Brad Rice (Son Volt, Ryan Adams) and Thom Donovan (Lapush, Ruby Amanfu).

The album is a prime showcase for Hoge's soaring, gritty vocals, as well as his remarkable gift for crafting complex characters with real emotional depth and plainspoken profundity.

Over the course of 11 tracks (including one with special guest Sheryl Crow), Hoge weaves elements of vintage country, literate folk, and heartland rock into a passionate, genre-busting masterpiece, one that offers an unflinching portrait of the messy challenges of adulthood and the ways in which people don't persevere (or don't) through hard times.