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Scorch-folk: Appalachian trad, original songs with old souls, and a fiery intensity that marries gospel and blues to their punk-rock cousins. Part power-folk, part vintage valentine, it swings with mad harmonies, Maybelle-Carter-style picking, yodeling, scat, upright bass and an archtop-guitar rhythm chop that's like a driving wheel. "Old Weird American soulgrass revivalism" might do, but scorch folk fits best. "Exhilarating, heartbreaking, wild, epic, microcosmic, toe-tapping, head-nodding, gut busting, soul searching...They made us live an extra year of our lives in a couple of hours." (Navasota Current)
Hogan & Moss have created a unique, powerful blend of old-time and original songs that's uplifting and dark, modal, modern, and haunting. Their "soulgrass" adaptations of traditional mountain music leave listeners feeling they've experienced something timeless and meaningful. Original songs are inspired by the 1920s and '30s recordings of artists such as the Carter Family, Dock Boggs, Clarence Ashley, and Uncle Dave Macon.
Hogan & Moss will perform more than 200 shows this year throughout the Southwest, Southeast and the Rocky Mountains. Their shows range from high-energy full-band dance celebrations to captivating house-concert duo performances. They also give talks on old-time music at colleges and libraries. They've played some of the top venues in America, including Anderson Fair, Houston, Poor David's, Dallas, the Blue Door, Oklahoma City, the Top Hat Lounge, Missoula, the Back Yard, Austin and the Evening Muse, Charlotte. Among numerous house concerts they've played are Uncle Calvin's, Dallas, Wildwood Sounds, Del Norte, CO, Abrams' House Concerts, Houston, and Miller House Concerts, Oklahoma City.
Jon Hogan has been a regional winner in the Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk songwriter contest and was presented with the Key to the City of El Paso for preservation of American heritage music.
An excellent article from the Houston Chronicle can be found here:http://www.chron.com/entertainment/music/article/Maria-Moss-and-Jon-Hogan-embrace-a-timeless-sound-5...
Jon Hogan has been a full-time folk musician for more than twenty years. He grew up in the American West, immersed from childhood in traditional mountain, gospel and country music. He’s written hundreds of ballads, love songs, and waltzes rooted in his love of traditional music. He’s also an engaging speaker on the history of Appalachian music, helping listeners understand the difference between old-time and bluegrass, and illustrating their connection to modern popular genres.
Maria grew up in Houston, but spent summers as a child soaking up the music of Eastern Tennessee, where her Dad grew up. She began playing guitar at age 14, drawn to mountain music and the Texas Picker Poets. On the Gulf Coast, she found a deep connection between roots music and the Southern folk, self-taught, outsider and visionary art that she loved, studied and wrote about. After graduating from the University of Houston, she had a career as a journalist and editor. In 2007, while recovering from a serious illness, guitar took center stage in her life, and she found her unique, driving finger-picking style.
"Reuben's Train," recorded in Nashville in August, 2013 with Andy Leftwich (Ricky Skaggs), fiddle and Byron House (Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant's Band of Joy), bass.
“In Dreams I Go Back Home,” an album of original songs, produced by North Carolina songwriter Jonathan Byrd. A kickstarter will complete mixing, mastering and release. View the video about the recording here: https://vimeo.com/62958832
“Go Lightning: The Old-Time Album,” 2012
Fourteen traditional songs recorded onto half-inch tape. Most of Jon Hogan’s arrangements are based on songs recorded between 1927 and 1958, and featured on the Smithsonian’s “Anthology of Folk Music” and “Mountain Music of Kentucky Vol II.”
"Long Shot," a duo CD, 2010. Mixed and mastered by Jonathan Byrd.
“Every Now and Then: Songs of Townes Van Zandt & Blaze Foley,” 2010. Six songs by Townes, six by his friend Blaze Foley. Three of the Blaze songs are Jon Hogan's official posthumous co-writes from lyrics found in Blaze's effects after his death and commissioned by his estate. Foley's catalog was recently purchased by Merle Haggard.