"Kelly Hogan is a national treasure"-- Andrew Bird
Kelly's voice is so versatile it can wrap itself around any song, in any style, be it torchy jazz, country weepers, soul-fueled bump and grinders or long-lost pop nuggets, and transform them into something all her own.
Kelly was born and raised in Atlanta where her dad is a policeman and her mom can make a pickle out of anything. She's been singing as long as she can remember. Her brother used to punch her in the arm for constantly harmonizing with the radio, yet she could not put a sock in it. She got ants in her pants and moved to Chicago in 1997.
Hogan began to hone her mellifluously spooky welter of torch songs and honky tonk anthems when she fronted the legendary peg-legged cabaret quartet, The Jody Grind, and then fanned the flames of her bummer-rock fixation while playing guitar for Orbisonic southern gothic punks, The Rock*A*Teens. She has also kept her bad self busy with appearances on some clever and popular Bloodshot compilations, and she did a split single with fellow dirtybird Neko Case. (which is LOOONG out of print, but the songs can be found on the compilation Making Singles, Drinking Doubles.
The past few years has seen Kelly singing with fellow Georgians the Drive By Truckers, Mavis Staples, Jakob Dylan the kiddie-punk ensemble Wee Hairy Beasties, the hopped up jazz combo The Wooden Leg and recording and touring with Neko Case as her back up singer (a match made in heaven, let us tell you). There's prolly a lot more we're missing, but we can guarantee if Hogan is on it or with it, you're gonna love it.
"Last Thing On My Mind" on The Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook, Volumes Two and Three
Live performance of "Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive" w/ Jon Rauhouse on the DVD Bloodied But Unbowed: Bloodshot Records' Life In The Trenches.
"Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive" w/ Jon Rauhouse performed live on the Bloodied But Unbowed: The Soundtrack
"Right or Wrong" on Hard-Headed Woman: A Celebration of Wanda Jackson
"Green, Green Grass of Home" on the Pine Valley Cosmonauts' The Executioner's Last Songs: Volumes 2&3
"Drunkard's Blues" on the Pine Valley Cosmonauts' Salute the Majesty of Bob Wills
"Someone Like You" w/ The Rock*A*Teens on Poor Little Knitter on the Road
"13 Nights" on Down to the Promised Land
"Pale Blue Eyes" duet w/ Alejandro Escovedo on Bourbonitis Blues
"Senor Don Gato" and "Rubber Duckie" on The Bottle Let Me Down
"1,000,001," "Hanky Panky Woman," and "It's Only Make Believe" (duet w/ John Wesley Harding) on Making Singles, Drinking Doubles
"Chicken Road" with The Wooden Leg on For a Decade of Sin: 11 Years of Bloodshot Records