When/Where: Friday, June 6th, Bud Light Stage
Who: A pungent truth-teller who melds grit, guts and glory on songs that twang like country but cut a dusty rock & roll groove
Why You Can't Miss Him: Hoge was a relatively quiet Nashville institution until his song "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" was nominated for a Grammy. Only problem? It was for the version recorded by Eli Young Band. But Hoge's been a strong, subtle force for well over a decade, mixing a Springsteen ethos with raspy vocal kicks – never at the expense of melody. It was 2013's Never Given In that put Hoge on the charts, but it's lyrics like "corporations count as people/and people don't count much," from Modern American Protest Songs, where he proves that this man has both a voice and something to say.