Beneath the Country Underdog
39:49 minutes of sobbing, throbbing, balls-out, country soul
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...
Bring your chub to the club, bub. Over and out.
Between Love and Hate
I Still Can't Believe You're Gone
Papa Was A Rodeo