Jon Hogan and Maria Moss will play more than 200 shows in 2016, touring in the Western U.S., Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands. The tour calendar is available here, and at https://www.reverbnation.com/jonhoganband/
Hogan & Moss play scorch folk: Original songs with old souls, the Carter Family canon, Appalachian trad, Delta soul, Gypsy swing and gospel blues, delivered with passion, speed and drive. Part folk-punk, part 1930s vintage valentine, it snaps with mad harmonies, Mother Maybelle-style picking, yodeling, scat, upright bass and an archtop-guitar rhythm chop that’s like a driving wheel. Its’ early country, Old Weird America, cockeyed covers of Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt, and a blend of old-time and original songs that’s uplifting and dark, modal, modern, and haunting.
Their shows range from high-energy full-band dance celebrations to house-concert duo and trio performances with upright bass. Some shows are dedicated entirely to the Carter Family songbook, and some to their own original music. They also play private events and give talks and presentations on the enduring beauty and power of the music of the Carter Family and other old-time artists at colleges, libraries and schools.
Jon and Maria have organized and led a number tribute shows featuring the music of Townes Van Zandt, and perform Hogan’s posthumous co-writes with the late songwriter Blaze Foley. The melodies were commissioned by Blaze’s estate from lyrics found among his effects after his death.
“Exhilarating, heartbreaking, wild, epic, microcosmic, toe-tapping, head-nodding, gut busting, soul searching…They made us live an extra year of our lives in a couple of hours.”
“Authentic music….the song as timeless narrative device.”
“…mixes Hogan’s originals with vintage tunes like “Mill Room Blues” and “Coo Coo” about as seamlessly as even Gillian Welch & David Rawlings could.”
”….strumming maniacs, possessed by old-time music. It’s as though if you touched them they might electrocute you.”
“A first-rate show.”