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Editors’ Notes

As a singer/songwriter who's found her way into the alt.country sphere, Kelly Hogan captures the feel of vintage roots music, with a touch of soul that's garnered her comparisons to Bobbie "Ode to Billie Joe" Gentry and Shelby Lynne. Hogan's first solo album in 11 years shows it's a shame she hasn't recorded more on her own. (She's lately taken work as a backup singer in Neko Case's group.) Here, Hogan's backing band is solid and tasteful, starring Booker T. Jones on organ, Gabriel Roth of The Dap-Kings on bass, and James Gadson on drums. Aside from the self-penned "Golden," the songs come from other writers. M. Ward's "Daddy's Little Girl" is presented as an apology from Frank Sinatra to his daughter Nancy. Jack Pendarvis and Andrew Bird's "We Can't Have Nice Things" recounts domestic violence, while Hogan's smoky vocal evokes a nightclub feel. "Plant White Roses" is a classic tender ballad from The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt. But it's Vic Chesnutt's "Ways of This World" that really captures the steamy American South of Hogan's Georgia roots and her connection to Gentry's sultriness. 

Customer Reviews

Fantastic

Songs to listen to while drinking hard alcohol out of a jelly jar. One of the strongest female voices out there.

4th Great Album!

NPR has been streaming this for the past few days so I've been able to hear it before it was officially released. It's yet another excellent album from a great singer. I first caught her on the radio in 1990 when she sang with a band called "The Jody Grind", they did two albums then tragically lost two of their band members in a car accident. Hogan survived and went on to do 3 solo albums, the last was released in 2001. Since then she's been a backup singer for a number of huge acts, many of whom were kind enough to contribute songs for this album.

There are several tracks here that deserve to be big hits, but my personal favourites are "Haunted" and "Ways Of This World".

In terms of style, she can sing anything and does. There's a country twang in her voice from time to time, but I've heard her sing torch songs, blues, jazz, rock, Gypsy (seriously - check out the first Jody Grind album "One Man's Trash Is Another Man's Treasure" for that gem.)

If you haven't heard of her, here's how you start:

The Jody Grind - One Man's Trash Is Another Man's Treasure
The Jody Grind - Lefty's Deciever
Kelly Hogan - The Whistle Only Dogs Can Hear
Kelly Hogan and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts - Beneath a Country Underdog
Kelly Hogan - Because It Feel Good

Best of 2012

There are so many wonderful songs on this release it's hard to pick out highlights. Hogan's own "Golden" (written for her friend Neko Case) is a standout, as are "Plant White Roses" and "Ways of This World." The only one that doesn't really work for me is "Daddy's Little Girl", an odd little song sung from the viewpoint of Frank Sinatra to his daughter Nancy. Hogan's voice is sweet, sexy, and powerful when it needs to be. Also must mention the incredible contributions of the band, especially Booker T on the mighty Hammond B3. Best release of 2012 so far for me.

Biography

Born: Atlanta, GA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Equally comfortable with indie rock, traditional country, and jazz pop, Georgia-based singer/songwriter Kelly Hogan explored all of those directions and more in her career. As the singer/guitarist for the Jody Grind in the early '90s, Hogan made a name for herself and the band with her lovely, versatile voice. The group released two albums — 1990's One Man's Trash Is Another Man's Treasure and 1992's Lefty's Deceiver — before a car accident killed two of its members. After this loss,...
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