He comes from Nashville – well, from just outside Music City – but Will Hoge is not a country singer. He’s a rocker, albeit one whose music contains rootsy strains. On his new album, Number Seven (as in his seventh studio album), you can hear strains of country, blues, and soul. And, taking his cues from those genres, Hoge the songwriter doesn’t flinch from facing up to darkness and hard truths, whether it’s on a personal level (“Too Old to Die Young,” “Gone”) or on a broader one (“American Dream,” “The Illegal Line”). For all that, however, he ends on a supremely stirring note with “When I Get My Wings.” It’s a ballad that sounds like vintage Stax, and Hoge has the raw, impassioned power to pull it off.
Will Hoge performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets: $19-$37 in advance, $21-$39 day of show. Information: 215-222-1400.