Jon Hogan has been a full-time folk musician for more than twenty years. He grew up in the American West, immersed from childhood in traditional mountain, gospel and country music. He’s written hundreds of ballads, love songs, and waltzes rooted in his love of traditional music. He’s also an engaging speaker on the history of Appalachian music, helping listeners understand the difference between old-time and bluegrass, and illustrating their connection to modern popular genres. He is a regional winner in the Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk songwriter contest and was presented with the Key to the City of El Paso by Mayor John Cook for preservation of American heritage music.
Maria Moss grew up in Houston, but spent summers as a child soaking up the music of her father’s East Tennessee roots. Through Houston’s vibrant arts scene, she found the blues and folk music she loved to play reflected in Southern folk, self-taught, outsider and visionary art. After graduating from the University of Houston, she wrote for newspapers — including a two-year post-college stint at the Houston bureau of the New York Times — edited city magazines, freelanced about art, food and travel for national publications, and was co-author of two books. In 2007, while recovering from a serious illness, guitar took center stage in her life, and she found her unique, driving finger-picking style.