I Like To Keep Myself in Pain
Both new and instantly classic.
" I hope that people love the songs as much as I do and I hope people will listen to them and make out to them.”
On her new album for ANTI‐, “singer’s singer” Kelly Hogan takes her vast experience working with Neko Case, Andrew Bird, Mavis Staples, Drive‐By Truckers, The Mekons, and so many others, and molds that into something both new and instantly classic.
I Like to Keep Myself In Pain finds Hogan curating an ambitious collection of songs, many written specifically for her, from a who’s who of indie songwriters [Ed. and many Bloodshot friends!], including M. Ward, Vic Chesnutt,The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt, The Mekons' Jon Langford, The Handsome Family, Freakwater's Catherine Irwin, John Wesley Harding, Robbie Fulks,Gabriel Roth, Robyn Hitchcock, and the aforementionedAndrew Bird.
She is backed on the album by an all‐star group of musicians: R&B legends Booker T Jones and James Gadson (Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, Beck), as well as talented young lions Gabriel Roth (of Daptone Records, The Dap‐Kings) and Hogan's long‐time collaborator Scott Ligon (of the newly resurrected NRBQ). The result is an album that captures the country‐soul elegance of albums like Dusty In Memphis while updating the sound with a modern literary sensibility.
“This record is my history and all my acquired tools and these really amazing songs that people sent me,” Hogan says. “I’m just this person who loves music. And it’s my life. And I hope that people love the songs as much as I do and I hope people will listen to them and make out to them.”