On the surface, Josh Hoge’s Nashville roots tag him as a sensitive singer-songwriter or an up-and-coming country buck. But glance over Hoge’s debut album from 2008, Everything She Was, and you’ll spot co-writing credits with R&B superstar Ne-Yo and One Republic’s Ryan Tedder (who penned the ubiquitous pop hit “Apologize”). At various points, Hoge fits all of these bills — from “360”’s modern pop to “Take It or Leave It”’s contemporary country and blues swagger to his amazingly soulful take on Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine.” Hoge has walked a wild mile to get to this point. He followed a woman to Los Angeles for a relationship that crashed and now books his own gigs as he looks for a record company to release his music. He self-financed the recent Bedroom Sessions EP and sold 10,000 copies, which isn’t too bad these days (it even got him into Billboard’s Top 100). With gritty cool and a pop heart, Hoge makes a big impact on a number of demographics. He, and Joe Firstman and Marianne Keith, play House of Blues at 9 p.m. Tickets: $10 advance, $12 day of show. —Brian Baker
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