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Beneath the Country Underdog

39:49 minutes of sobbing, throbbing, balls-out, country soul

On Beneath the Country Underdog, Hogan gets the backing she deserves from  The Pine Valley Cosmonauts with made-in-Chicago production by 

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On Beneath the Country Underdog, Hogan gets the backing she deserves from  The Pine Valley Cosmonauts with made-in-Chicago production by  Jon Langford

When asked to name her musical influences for this effort, Hogan rattled off a Rain Man-like  list that started something like "Lotte Lenya, Charlie Rich, Howard Tate, and Ronnie Van Zant..." and went on and on, as she is apt to do.

Well, that sounds like 39:49 minutes of sobbing, throbbing, balls-out, country soul to me, kids.

The 11 tracks -- ranging from haunting Hogan originals "Crackers Rule" and "Gone" to a dazzlingly unrestrained range of covers -- are the sound of woman in charge of a spectacular voice and in command of a vision of interpretive moxie

The muscle she puts into Johnny Paycheck's "It's Mighty Thin Line" matches her fragility in Willie Nelson's "I Still Can't Believe You're Gone",  the friskiness in the duet by Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn ("Wild Mountain Berries"), and the epic pathos in the now classic version of The Magnetic Fields' "Papa Was A Rodeo."  Kelly teases out unusual and revealing aspects of other songs as varied as the AM Radio schmaltz classic by Freddie Hart "Easy Lovin," or the hold your breath versions of Bobby Russell's "Sudden Stop" (he also wrote the classic "The Night the Lights Went Out In Georgia") or The Band's "Whispering Pines."  Dang, the girl's got some record collection...

Beneath the Country Underdog also features a slew of guest stars, including  Neko CaseEdith FrostJohn Wesley Harding, and  Robbie Fulks.

Bring your chub to the club, bub. Over and out.

CHOICE CUTS:
Between Love and Hate
I Still Can't Believe You're Gone
Papa Was A Rodeo
Gone

Short Description
  • Like the jukebox in a cool bar. No, better: it grips your arm and says "THAT'S why they put that tune on the jukebox."

    — SPIN
  • Ever been with your significant other, holed up in a Motel 6 on a cross-country trip, and feeling like it was time to make friends with a bottle of Early Times to settle your nerves after driving all damn day? This CD in the jambox would be just the ticket.

    — Austin Chronicle
  • Equally comfortable singing sweet songs of heartbreak and belting out the raucous duet "Wild Mountain Berries," Hogan establishes herself as one of the most capable neo-country torchbearers around.

    — Onion AV Club
  • This is how it might have sounded had Dusty Springfield followed Dusty in Memphis with Dusty in Nashville.

    — Amazon.com
  • Her taste is impeccable [and] the result is a song cycle of sorts that chronicles the highs and lows of love and romance -- the torment and pain of loss and the warm, intoxicating rush of bliss.

    — Memphis Flyer
  • [There] lies a voice of such soulful depth and interpretive command that it all but demands to be measured for the tiara and elevated to the throne. In short, Underdog is star time...

    — Salon

Track List

  • 1. (It's A Mighty Thin Line) Between Love and Hate
  • 2. I Still Can't Believe You're Gone
  • 3. Mystery
  • 4. I Don't Believe In You
  • 5. Papa Was A Rodeo
  • 6. Easy Loving
  • 7. Wild Mountain Berries
  • 8. Sudden Stop
  • 9. Crackers Rule
  • 10. Gone
  • 11. Whispering Pines

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