Carlye Archibeque: So I heard you really
gave out your room number the other night at the Troubadour. Did
you get much action from that?
WH: (laughing) No, nothing.
CA: The fourteen year-olds didn't show
up at the door?
TS: No one showed up
KY: It's bad when you tell people where
you're staying and they don't show up.
TS: They didn't even come to see if it
might be true.
CA: No note in the morning? ...just checking?
WH: No one even came by to tell us it was
stupid to give out our room number.
CA: Well, from the looks of the crowd they
all had a curfew of midnight.
KY: That's how we justified it, "well
their parents wouldn't let them come."
CA: They probably didn't believe you were
staying at the Bel Age
KY: Actually the Bel Age doesn't know we're
staying here either.
TS: We're only doing this interview here
to impress you.
WH: It was really easy to get in. We told
them that counting crows wanted to stay here.
CA: I'm sure stranger things have happened
here. So are you and Kirk the founders?
WH: Tres and Kirk were actually playing
together in another band in Nashville. I'd been going through a
thing where I didn't really want to be in a band anymore, I just
wanted to be Will Hoge. I didn't want to worry about who the other
musicians were. I didn't care if they had to be different every
night. I just wanted to do my own thing. And as Will Hoge, I played
with a couple of different people in Nashville, but it wasn't really
happening. Then I saw Tres and Kirk playing together in another
band and they were just a great rhythm section, which is really
hard to come by. I mean there's a lot of great drummers and there's
a lot of great bass players, but putting them together and really
making it click is, ah, difficult. The two of them, when I saw them,
I just thought "that's what I'm looking for." So I just
started talking to Tres and we got together and learned the first
four or five songs. It felt pretty good and then we looked for a
guitar player and that ended it up being Dan and after him Brian
just fell into place.
CA: So Brian you're the new guitar player?
BL: I am
CA: How do you like being the new guitar
BL: I love it!
CA: How did you come to be the new guitar
BL: I begged and pleaded on my hands and
knees...no, I actually did a show together (on the bill with Hoge)
with the old band I was playing with in Georgia. We hit it off and
originally I was just going to go hang out with the guys in Nashville
and two weeks later was when their old guitar player decided to
get off the road and Will gave me a call.
CA: (to Will Hoge) So that's two guitar
players that have just fallen into your lap?
WH: Yeah, and the transition from Dan to
KY: Smoother than we ever expected.
WH: Yeah, and not only on a musical level,
but also on a personal level. It was one of those situations where...sometimes
you hear that the band split up for "musical differences"
and it really means that somebody was an asshole and pissed everybody
off. It was actually just that Dan didn't want to be on the road
anymore. One of the first things Dan said when we talked about it
was, "you need to call that guy from Georgia." ...I just
felt that Brian was such a great guitar player that he needed to
be somewhere else than...Macon.
CA: Do guys like LA, what's your favorite
TS: It's sort of strange seeing the random
WH: There's some real similarities to Nashville.
I mean you see Alan Jackson all the time and Reba McIntire, but
it's totally different. We're not particularly awed by Alan Jackson
or Reba McIntire, but by God when we hung out with Mr. Miagee (Pat
Morita) the other night...
CA: You had a Mr. Miagee sighting?
WH: It was us, our core group, and Mr.
Miagee and his wife at the bar.
KY: And what did he do Will.
WH: He covered his penis with his toupee
and sang the national anthem for us.
CA: Are you kidding?
WH: Would I make that up?
CA: What was he drinking?
CA: So besides having the beautiful national
anthem sang to you in the bar, what have been your favorite hot
spots in LA?
KY: The Troubadour was really cool too;
all that history.
CA: You guys were really lucky too. I was
late because the Troub isn't usually crowded on a weeknight, but
you had a good big crowd and I actually had to wait in line.
WH: A friend of ours from New York took
us over the night after and there were like thirteen people there,
which was much more along the lines of what we were expecting...It's
nice that the Troubadour is like an actual functioning rock club.
It's not a tourist trap where it's like "the Byrds used to
CA: The Whiskey and the Roxy are like that
too. I don't think tourist in Los Angeles have the patience to wait
in line, pay to get in and get jostled by the crowd so they've been
kind of protected.
WH: The first time I ever went to New York
and played. We were playing at the Bitter End and it was like the
same thing, this is where Bob Dylan used to play in the 60s. There's
this Donnie Hathaway record that I loved that was made there and
I was just so excited I'd never played in New York and I had all
these expectations of the East Village and it was not cool. It's
just kind of living on its reputation from the past...it just meant
CA: So do you guys all have family, wives,
girlfriends, mothers, fathers?
WH: I have a mother and a father.
KY: I have a brother and a mother, they're
CA: Boy, you are from the south
KY: (over laughter) While I was in college
they up and moved to Florida.
CA: Florida's ok, except for the humidity.
I was in boot camp in Florida and never want to go back.
WH: As in "the military."
CA: Yes, I was a weapons and tactics instructor
in the Seabees. I signed up to be a nurse and something went terribly
wrong and I ended up as an electrician in the Seabees teaching tactics
WH: (teasing) Well, Kirk is having trouble
cleaning his M-16...
CA: A-1 or A-2? (...they all laugh approvingly)
CA: So your next set of shows is with Rod
WH: ...on the 5th we start the Rod Stewart
part of the tour.
CA: So are you guys big Rod Stewart fans?
ALL: The old stuff
WH: I think all rock bands are Rod Stewert
fans or should be, the stuff that he did with The Faces, the EVERY
PICTURE TELLS A STORY album...he's just such a great rock and roll
singer. The stuff that he did early...
CA: It's kind of in the same vein that
you guys do, it's very blue collar...
WH: Thank you, yeah, I think that The Faces
and The Beatles and the Stones are bands that we're all greatly
CA: I have to ask, are you a big Elvis
Costello fan, cause to me you sound more like Elvis Costello than
anyone else you've been compared to like Bruce Springsteen.
WH: That's...thank you, he's like one of
those core classic singer-songwriter, but singer-songwriter always
sounds to me very low key...I think he also fronted an amazing rock
and roll band. The Attractions are, I think, as fine a rock and
roll band as has ever been assembled. Yeah, he's a big influence.
He just wrote amazing songs, and that's kinda what it's all about.
CA: Is that your goal, to write amazing
songs and stay at five star hotels?
WH: (over everyone laughing) That sounds
good to me.