After an accident that put his music career on hold for almost a year, Will Hoge could be forgiven for leaning on the experience as a crutch.
Instead, the Nashville-based singer/songwriter compares the six months he spent recovering from a near-fatal collision on his scooter in 2008 to being given an opportunity to gain new perspective about his music.
"You can't overstate [the accident's] influence because it changed everything," Hoge said. "I've always had a great relationship with rock 'n' roll ... but to have it slapped in your face that it could instantly be taken away ... just put everything in a new perspective.
"This was the first time since I made my first record when I could step back and concentrate on some other things for a little while. That, in turn, made me really excited about playing music again."
Hoge said he is still continuing to write the dark-toned songs of life's ups and downs he's become known for, but his philosophy about the recording process has changed. The slower approach he took on "The Wreckage," the recording of which was interrupted by the accident, will be applied to all his future albums, including an upcoming, as-yet-untitled project he expects to finish by next spring.
IF YOU GO
* What: An acoustic evening with Shinedown and Will Hoge.
* When: 8 p.m. Saturday.
* Where: Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St.
* Admission: $36.50-$42.50, plus convenience fees.
* Phone: 642-8497.
* Venue website: www.chattanoogaonstage.com.
The alt-metal band Shinedown was founded in the early 2000s in Jacksonville, Fla., by singer Brent Smith, guitarist Jasin Todd, bassist Brad Stewart and drummer Barry Kerch. The group's current lineup includes Smith and Kerch with newcomers guitarist Zach Myers and bassist Eric Bass.
The band's 2003 debut album, "Whisper," was certified platinum (signifying 1 million copies sold). Its two subsequent albums, "Us and Them" (2005) and "The Sound of Madness," were certified gold and platinum, respectively.
Some of Shinedown's best-known songs include "If You Only Knew," "Second Chance" and "The Crow & the Butterfly."
Saturday, Hoge will join his longtime friends and admirers, the Jacksonville, Fla.-based alt-metal band Shinedown, for an all-acoustic show at the Tivoli Theatre.
Hoge will take the stage with drummer and longtime collaborator Sigurdur Birkis, bassist Adam Beard, who joined him in 2008, and newcomer Adam Ollendorff on pedal steel/resonator guitar.
As Hoge looks back on the last two years, he said that, although he wouldn't want to repeat his close call (and will never ride a two-wheeled vehicle again), his accident has had unexpectedly positive consequences.
"The accident obviously didn't help anything, but the results ... definitely made me a better singer and a better songwriter and a better bandleader," he said. "It will positively change all the records we'll make in the future because it's shown us a different way to work, and we'll be better for it."
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