Press

Their shows are equal parts early country, power-folk, and old-timey valentine, with mountain harmonies, jazzy vocals, scat, yodeling, Maybelle-Carter-style guitar picking, upright bass, and a percussive rhythm-guitar chop that is like a driving wheel.

Rolling Zone

Bozeman MT, BoZone.com

“‘Authenticity’ is a word bandied about carelessly in music criticism, often to convey contemporary music that sounds older and is unfettered by modern measures like sales or downloads. But Hogan and Moss present an authentic music, not because of the songs’ ages, or how they dress or the instruments they use. Theirs is authentic because of an earnest belief that a song is a timeless narrative device. musical stories that span nearly a century. Little themes arise here and there, but the big two are love and death, which lend themselves to the duo’s two primary modes: the bleak minor key ‘scorch folk,’ in which they belt out tunes about dying, and the ballads, which balance the mix lest it tiptoe toward the void.”

Andrew Dansby

Houston Chronicle, chron.com

“The “old, weird America” — a term coined by former Rolling Stone wordsmith Greil Marcus — has appealed to artists alienated by modern society’s strip-mall sterilization pretty much ever since that society began emerging around 1950. Even more than 60 years on, songs that sprang from jug-band, hillbilly, vaudeville, shape-note singing and other styles popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries are recorded in more contemporary genres like bluegrass, country and rock all the time. In fact, look no further than veteran Austin duo Jon Hogan & Maria Moss, whose 2014 EP Reuben’s Train mixes Hogan’s originals with vintage public-domain tunes like “Mill Room Blues” and “Coo Coo” about as seamlessly as even Gillian Welch & David Rawlings could.”
Chris Gray – Houston Press

“They have stage presence. Jon has his old-fashioned three-piece suits and fedora hat, Maria is always in early 20th century dress, ladies hat and most often cowboy boots. When they start playing, half the audience is already tapping toes in anticipation. With their storytelling and unique collaborative style, they are always a crowd pleaser.”
Mitchell Cohen, in the Observer

“Live, the band seemed uncorked. Hogan and Moss both look like strumming maniacs, possessed by old time music. It’s as though if you touched them, they might electrocute you, they’re so saturated with energy.”
Erika Fredrickson – Missoula Independent

“Revel in classics from the American song book spanning 1927 to 1958, including hits from the Carter Family, rendered in the unique Hogan & Moss take, which is pitch-perfect with plenty of feeling. Whether sweetly poignant or old-timey, rhythm rousing and upbeat, this music will transport you to another place and time.”
Jailyn Marcel – PaperCity Magazine

“Reuben’s Train mixes Hogan’s originals with vintage public-domain tunes…..about as seamlessly as even Gillian Welch & David Rawlings…” Houston Press
Chris Gray – Houston Press

“My favorite band!….It’s a joy to just sit back and watch them go. Wow!”
Al Barlow – Lone Star Music Magazine

“One of the most entertaining duos I’ve ever seen…Hogan’s lyrics, and Moss’s incredible finger picking are something that everyone needs to see…..Get out to see this band as soon as you can.”
The Examiner

“Three new Blaze Foley/Hogan co-writes are gems. In Hogan’s respectful hands, Foley’ bygone pensive wisdom comes alive… “Can’t Always Cry” expertly captures the soul and simplicity that distinguished Foley’s best work, while “Safe in the Arms of Love,” beautifully augmented by Maria Moss’s fingerpicking…”
Texas Music Magazine

“…a first-rate show..complementing each other with their collective story-telling, harmonies, and guitar-picking styles…”
No Depression

“Poetic, exciting, sometimes sad but above all beautiful.”
Altcountryforum, Netherlands

“Hogan and Moss were… Exhilarating…fun, heartbreaking, wild, crazy, epic, microcosmic, toe-tapping, head-nodding, gut busting, soul searching… By the end, they had made us live an extra year of our lives in a couple of hours.”
The Navasota Current

“They could have been dropped in the 1920s with Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and the like without ever turning a head. Their set was fun from beginning to end. The music bounced….kept the audience enthralled and the songs shined. A major highlight of the set were the songs Hogan performed from lyrics he received that belonged to the late Blaze Foley. Those who love Townes Van Zandt are also huge fans of Blaze Foley, so hearing some new words from this legendary songwriter was a definitely treat.”
Houston Music Review

Archived interview on KRTS Marfa Public Radio, Feb. 2, 2016

Hogan & Moss

Archived interview on KRTS Marfa Public Radio, March 17, 2016

Hogan & Moss Live In Studio with St. Patrick’s Day Songs

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