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"Exhilarating, fun, heartbreaking, wild, toe-tapping, head-nodding, soul searching. By the end, they had made us live an extra year of our lives in a couple of hours." Navasota Current

"That they once received the Key to the City of El Paso for preservation of American heritage music is no surprise. Live, the band seemed uncorked. Hogan and Moss both look like strumming maniacs,... more

"Exhilarating, fun, heartbreaking, wild, toe-tapping, head-nodding, soul searching. By the end, they had made us live an extra year of our lives in a couple of hours." Navasota Current

"That they once received the Key to the City of El Paso for preservation of American heritage music is no surprise. Live, the band seemed uncorked. Hogan and Moss both look like strumming maniacs, possessed by old time music. It’s as though if you touched them, they might electrocute you, they’re so saturated with energy." Missoula Independent

"Poetic, exciting, sometimes sad but above all beautiful" Alt Country Forum, Netherlands

“A first-rate show!" No Depression

We play more than 200 shows each year, touring to more than a dozen states. The tour calendar is available at this page's My Band link and at www.jonhoganmusic.com

We play scorch folk--new old-time country music, Appalachian trad. and original songs, delivered with intensity, drive and speed. Carter Family ballads to feed your soul and full-on corkers blow the doors off your Ford.

Jon Hogan's arrangements of traditional and old-time country songs were inspired by the 1920s and '30s recordings of artists such as Dock Boggs, Clarence Ashley, Uncle Dave Macon, the Carter Family, Rutherford & Burnet, Cannon's Jug Stompers and Fiddlin' John Carson. Hogan & Moss also perform original music and Hogan's posthumous co-writes with the late songwriter Blaze Foley. The melodies were commissioned by Blaze's estate in 2009 from lyrics found among his effects after his death in 1989.

Biographies
Jon Hogan has been a full-time folk musician for almost twenty years. He grew up in the American West, immersed from childhood in traditional American mountain, gospel and country music. At age 14 he was playing guitar at bluegrass gigs near Salt Lake City, UT. By 20 he was writing songs and studying old-time mountain music in earnest. Over the past two decades he’s written hundreds of original ballads, love songs, and waltzes rooted in his love of traditional music. He’s also become an engaging speaker on the history of mountain music, helping listeners understand the difference between old-time music and bluegrass, and illustrating old-time’s connection to modern popular genres.

In the early 2000s, Jon played rhythm guitar in bluegrass bands around the Northwest, including Seattle's Crown Hill Billies. In 2005, he made an Amtrak stopover in Austin and fell hard for the Texas music scene. Before meeting Maria in 2008, he performed solo in Austin and with his band, the Jinx Street Stompers.

"Locomotive fingerpicking....Elizabeth Cotton meets Maybelle Carter"
Maria grew up in Houston, but spent summers as a child soaking up the music and culture of Eastern Tennessee, where her paternal family roots date to the 1860s. She began playing guitar at age 14, inspired by the music she heard in her beloved Smokies.

On the Gulf Coast, she also developed a passion for Southern folk, self-taught, outsider and visionary art. After graduating from the University of Houston, she had a career as a journalist until 2007, while recovering from a serious illness, guitar took center stage in her life. They met through the Kerrville Folk Festival community in 2008, played some song circles, and quickly recognized an unusual resonance between their individual guitar styles and vocal harmonies.

Recent Recordings
"Reuben's Train," six songs recorded in Nashville in August, 2013 with Andy Leftwich of Ricky Skaggs' band on fiddle and legendary bass player Byron House, of Robert Plant's Band of Joy.

“In Dreams I Go Back Home,” an album of original songs, was produced by North Carolina songwriter Jonathan Byrd with an Austin all-star cast: Andrew Pressman on bass, Dr. Sick on fiddle, Colin Brooks on lap steel, Michael Rubin on harmonica, Eric Gerber on mandolin and our own J.P. "Jalapeno" Schwartz on keys. A Kickstarter in the fall of 2014 will complete mixing, mastering and release. A video about the record can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/62958832' target='_blank'> https://vimeo.com/62958832

“Go Lightning: The Old-Time Album,” released in 2012
Fourteen old-time Appalachian songs recorded onto half-inch tape, produced by Stephen Doster. 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.” The “Go Lightning” series of session videos appears on YouTube at the kerouacmaria channel.

"Long Shot," a duo CD, 2010. Mixed and mastered by Jonathan Byrd for a raw, natural sound, it is "two guitars, two vocals, three songwriters and the truth." It features songs by Hogan, Moss and Byrd, plus two traditional songs.

“Every Now and Then: Songs of Townes Van Zandt & Blaze Foley,” 2010. Produced as a fundraiser for the Old Quarter Acoustic Café in Galveston, TX, after it was damaged by Hurricane Ike. The CD includes Jon Hogan’s three posthumous co-writes Blaze Foley, plus three more Blaze covers and six by Townes.

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