With the new single ‘He’s Gone Rogue’ Hostetler has penned a politically relevant progressive country tune. The eclectic arrangement and production provide the sort of humorous context needed for social comment and the implications of the lyric. Acoustic guitar fingerpicking romps along over layered drums with pedal steel guitar providing the melodrama. Hostetler was awarded 2019 Best Singer Songwriter by LA Music Critic.
The track is a light and bouncy, and somewhat humorous temptation to look at things from a sarcastic point of view. Now, and this is only my opinion, but from what I have seen and heard, Fred has made antidotes and references to politics in a somewhat tongue in cheek fashion, and I feel in this track ‘He’s Gone Rogue’ references what is going on in our country’s current administration, where we have a “leader” that moves with such an unstable and aggressive nature, one would think he has lost his capacity to be a leader at all, and instead has “gone rouge” and lays waste to any and all that would oppose a totalitarian rule.
Artist’s comments: ‘He’s Gone Rogue’
“The moment I heard this phrase while watching the national news I knew I had to write this song. The Ken Burns documentary on Country Music and Stephen Colbert’s Late Night monologues provided the fuel and impetus to give it a meaningful lyric and proper progressive country format to complete it. “
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