A contemporary country artist with a polished, pop-influenced sound but a down-home attitude, Lucas Hoge was born in Hubbell, Nebraska, a small town with a population under 50. Hoge's first musical influences came from his family; his parents and siblings sang in the choir at church, and Mom and Dad also led a worship band. Lucas was brought into the group to play drums, and his pastor was impressed with his talent and urged him to pursue his passion for music. When he was 17, Hoge moved from drums to guitar, and he began soaking up the influences of his favorite artists, including Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, and Paul Overstreet. While attending college, Hoge continued to hone his skills as a guitarist and songwriter, and after graduating, he found himself running a construction company while also playing in three bands at once -- a Christian rock group called Extreme Devotion, a Southern rock band known as Southern Cross, and a modern country outfit dubbed Borderline.
After several years of juggling bands and careers, music won out for Hoge and he moved to Nashville to take a shot at the big time, not before staging a going-away concert that netted him a $2,500 nest egg from friends and fans. Once settled in the Music City, Hoge worked day jobs while playing club dates at night, and soon his hard work bore fruit. In 2002, he released an album called In My Dreams, and the same year, one of his songs, "If I Only Could," was featured on the TV show Smallville. His second LP, Dirt, was issued in 2006, and the following year he landed a gig writing music for a cable television series, The Erotic Traveler. In 2010, Hoge scored and appeared on a series for Animal Planet, Last Chance Highway, a reality show about rescuing animals and finding them new homes. And Hoge's song "Give a Damn" became the theme for another series, Tom's Wild Life. Hoge also began touring abroad, entertaining American military troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Kosovo, and elsewhere.
In 2012, he released his third album, a self-titled effort that included "How Was I to Know," a song he'd adapted from a poem written by a woman dying from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The song gained significant attention from Christian music fans and soon became a favorite among Hoge's followers. In 2015, Hoge enjoyed regional success with the single "Flip Flops," a playful tune about having fun and meeting women at the beach, and in 2016 he followed it up with the upbeat love song "Boom Boom." These songs boosted Hoge's profile, and in 2016 he landed a deal with Rebel Engine Entertainment. Dirty South, his first album for the label, appeared in July 2017. ~ Mark Deming