Kelly Hogan

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Kelly Hogan
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Background information
Born (1965-01-11) January 11, 1965 (age 57)
OriginAtlanta, Georgia
United States
GenresSinger-songwriter, alternative country, torch singer, jazz pop[1]
Years active1990–present

Kelly Hogan (born January 11, 1965) is an American singer-songwriter, often known for her work as a member of Neko Case's backing band, as well as for her solo work.[2]

Early and personal life[edit]

Hogan was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the daughter of a Vietnam War Army veteran helicopter pilot who went on to become a policeman.[3] Hogan's parents divorced, with her mother later remarrying and relocating to Rutledge, Georgia[4] while her father still lived in Douglasville, Georgia as of 2012.[5]

Hogan is the oldest sister in her family. She has younger brothers.[6] None of Hogan's family are musicians. Because both her parents worked, Hogan and her siblings spent most of their time with her grandmother in her apartment in midtown/downtown Atlanta growing up, where they listened to country music station WPLO. Music was constantly playing in her own home as well.[7][8] She went to high school in Douglasville, Georgia.[5] Although painfully shy, Hogan eventually auditioned for chorus, going to All State Chorus every year.[8] In addition to being active in chorus and drama, Hogan started singing in bars when she was in high school.[7]

Hogan often goes by the moniker "Hogan." She is an avid dog lover,[7] and used to tend bar and tour accompanied by her late dog Augie.[9] Hogan has a Jim Stacy[10] lower-back tattoo that says "singers get all the pussy."[11] After living in Evansville, Wisconsin, for eight years, Hogan returned to Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood in 2016.[4][12]

Musical career[edit]

The Jody Grind[edit]

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Hogan sang with the cabaret, country, jazz, and punk band The Jody Grind (a Cabbagetown, Atlanta, Georgia, band originated by Bill Taft), singing on their full-lengths One Man's Trash Is Another Man's Treasure (1990) and Lefty's Deceiver (1992). The Jody Grind toured with singer Robyn Hitchcock.[7] The group disbanded after two of its members were killed in a car crash.[1][13]


In the mid-1990s, Hogan joined the indie rock band Rock*A*Teens, another Cabbagetown area band,[14][15] appearing on their 1996 EP and the 1997 full-length Cry. Kelly Hogan played guitar and sang backing vocals in the band from 1994 to 1997. After the release of Cry, Hogan left the Rock*A*Teens and relocated from Atlanta to Chicago.[16]

Solo career[edit]

Her debut solo record, The Whistle Only Dogs Can Hear, was released in 1996, and contained covers of songs by Will Oldham and Vic Chesnutt.[citation needed]

Hogan released her first record for Bloodshot Records entitled Beneath the Country Underdog in 2000. The record, "brilliantly intuitive readings of other people's songs," was produced by Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers).[17][18] The Pine Valley Cosmonauts were her backing band.[19]

Her second solo Bloodshot release, Because It Feel Good, was released in 2001 and was produced by Hogan and former Sugar bassist David Barbe.[17] At the time of this record's release, rock critic Peter Margasak described Hogan as "principally an interpreter, capable of wringing more from a cover than most people can find in their own material," even though with this release she wrote two songs (with Andy Hopkins) on the record.[17]

There was a comprehensive fan club page and mailing list[20] focused on Kelly Hogan until 2006.[21]

Hogan released her most recent solo record—and first record in 11 years, I Like To Keep Myself in Pain, on ANTI- in 2013. The album is a collection of songs either written for her or chosen for her by songwriter friends Andrew Bird, Vic Chesnutt, Jon Langford, Stephin Merritt, M. Ward, and others.[7][22] The title track was written by Robyn Hitchcock.[7][23] For the recording of this record, "a dream-team band" was assembled: organist Booker T. Jones, drummer James Gadson (Bill Withers, Beck), bassist Gabe Roth (The Dap-Kings), guitarist Scott Ligon (NRBQ). They recorded at EastWest Studios (Pet Sounds) in Hollywood, California.[19]

As of 2021, Hogan continues to occasionally perform as singer/bandleader, especially in Chicago, often with accompanying musicians such as Nora O'Connor and Andy Hopkins,[24] and with the Flat Five.[25]


Neko Case[edit]

In 1998, Hogan joined singer-songwriter Neko Case's band, recording and touring with the band as a vocalist. Hogan continued to tour with Case, as of 2014. On her ongoing relationship with Neko Case: "We hit it off immediately when we met. We just spoke the same language."[8] Hogan and Case sing "These Aren't the Droids" on the charity comedy album 2776 (2014).[26] Hogan and Nora O'Connor accompanied Case in the song "Bad Luck", and accompanying video, from Case's 2018 album Hell-On.[27][28]


In 2015, Hogan was a backing singer on the Decemberists' What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World album, and also sang on the tour to support the album's release. Hogan also sang backing vocals on the Decemberists' 2018 album I'll Be Your Girl and the album's subsequent supporting tour.[29]

Others' recordings[edit]

Hogan appears on records by Mavis Staples, The Mekons, Will Oldham, Matt Pond PA,[30] Amy Ray, Giant Sand, Archer Prewitt, Alejandro Escovedo, Drive-By Truckers, Jakob Dylan,[31] and Tortoise, among others.[22] These recordings include:

Other projects[edit]

  • The Wooden Leg: jazz band, made up of Kelly Hogan, guitarist Joel Paterson, organist Scott Ligon, and drummer Kevin O'Donnell, that played regularly at the Hideout (Chicago) in a three-year-long residency during the first decade of the 21st century.[6][42][43]
  • WXRT radio station: For airplay, Hogan recorded a cover song a week for an entire year.[citation needed] Hogan also became one of three DJs for a popular WXRT show called "The Eclectic Company."[citation needed]


A select discography:[44]

Compilation contributions[edit]

  • "13 Nights" – Down to the Promised Land: 5 Years of Bloodshot Records- as Kelly Hogan & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts (Bloodshot, 2000)
  • "1,000,001" (by The Sadies/Kelly Hogan) Making Singles, Drinking Doubles (Bloodshot, 2002)
  • "Hanky Panky Woman" (by J. Owen/L. Johnson) Making Singles, Drinking Doubles – as Kelly Hogan & the Mellocremes (Bloodshot, 2002)
  • "It's Only Make Believe" (by J. Nance/C. Twitty) Making Singles, Drinking Doubles – as Kelly Hogan & John Wesley Harding (Bloodshot, 2002)
  • "Chicken Road" – For A Decade of Sin: 11 Years of Bloodshot Records – as Kelly Hogan & the Wooden Leg (Bloodshot, 2005)
  • "Gotta Have My Baby Back" – Too Late to Pray: Defiant Chicago Roots (Bloodshot, 2019)[45][46]

Acting career[edit]

Other work[edit]

From 1998 to 2008 Hogan worked as a bartender at The Hideout, a music venue in Chicago known for putting on an annual block party in September.[9] Circa 2000 she also worked as a technician at a Chicago veterinary clinic.[53] She also worked publicity for Bloodshot Records.[54]

As of 2013, Hogan once again was working as an assistant for her friend, American cartoonist and author, Lynda Barry,[55] helping her arrange her teaching schedule.[5][56] In one episode of Barry's Ernie Pook's Comeek, children are peering in a window of the Hideout nightclub in Chicago, listening to Hogan's band The Wooden Leg.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

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  2. ^ Kot, Greg (May 18, 2012). "Kelly Hogan gets to show them what she's made of". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  3. ^ Hogan, Kelly (April 20, 2013). "Okay, the first thing you need to know about me". Hogan Here. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Eldredge, Richard L. (July 1, 2012). "Daily Agenda > Q&A with Kelly Hogan". Atlanta Magazine. Archived from the original on November 11, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d Kaufman, Al (June 4, 2012). "Q & A with Kelly Hogan; Playing With Neko Case @ Atlanta Botanical Garden, July 20th". Atlanta Music Guide. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  6. ^ a b Downing, Andy (June 4, 2012). "Local Q&A: Kelly Hogan". RedEye Chicago. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Simon, Scott (June 1, 2012). "Kelly Hogan: Cashing In An Album's Worth Of Favors". Weekend Edition Saturday. National Public Radio (NPR). Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  8. ^ a b c Loerzel, Robert. "Kelly Hogan interview". Archived from the original on November 11, 2013. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  9. ^ a b Borrelli, Christopher (September 22, 2011). "Kelly Hogan looks back on Hideout memories". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  10. ^ Emerson, Bo (November 14, 2009). "Jim Stacy gets 'Delicious' new gig". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  11. ^ LaBate, Steve (May 29, 2012). "'Singers get all the pussy': the triumphant return of Kelly Hogan (The former Southern belle of Cabbagetown reveals the story behind her testimonial tramp stamp)". Creative Loafing Atlanta. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  12. ^ Hogan, Kelly (2017). "Elsewhere in a Flash". In Bayne, Martha (ed.). Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology. Belt Publishing. pp. 24–25. ISBN 978-0-9977743-7-5.
  13. ^ Hogan, Kelly (September 12, 2011). "This is my favorite picture of my first real band". Hogan Here. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  14. ^ Freeman, Scott (June 24, 2010). "The triumph and tragedy of the Cabbagetown sound (Part 1 of 2: Have you heard death singing? An oral history)". Creative Loafing Atlanta. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  15. ^ Freeman, Scott (June 30, 2010). "The triumph and tragedy of the Cabbagetown sound (Part 2 of 2: Heaven on a Popsicle Stick)". Creative Loafing Atlanta. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  16. ^ "The Rock*A*Teens". Archived from the original on February 6, 2007. Retrieved February 5, 2007.
  17. ^ a b c Margasak, Peter (February 14, 2002). "Music > Critic's Choice > Kelly Hogan". Chicago Reader. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  18. ^ Margasak, Peter (May 28, 2012). "Kelly Hogan, Scott Lucas & the Married Men". Chicago Reader. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  19. ^ a b "Kelly Hogan: Sing 'Em If You Got 'Em". Magnet Magazine. MAGNET Magazine Inc. January 14, 2013. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  20. ^ "The khfc-news Archives". Kelly Hogan Fan Club News. Archived from the original (Mailing list) on October 1, 2007. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
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  22. ^ a b "From The Desk Of Kelly Hogan: Noticing (By The Ghost Of Andy Rooney)". Magnet Magazine. MAGNET Magazine Inc. January 19, 2013. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  23. ^ "Kelly Hogan: Tiny Desk Concert" (Video music performance). Tiny Desk Concerts. NPR Music. June 4, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  24. ^ "Kelly Hogan". The Hideout Inn. 2019. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  25. ^ "Andrew Bird + The Flat Five". Time Out Chicago. August 26, 2021. Retrieved October 20, 2021.
  26. ^ Orr, Dacey (June 2, 2014). "Song Premiere: Neko Case, Kelly Hogan – 'These Aren't The Droids'". Paste Magazine. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  27. ^ "Bad Luck". Neko Case. 2018. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  28. ^ Pitzer, Andrea (March 15, 2018). "Hell-On (ANTI-, 2018) Neko Case". Neko Case. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  29. ^ [1]The Decemberists Make the Album of Their Lives With I'll Be Your Girl, Geoffrey Himes, March 13, 2018. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  30. ^ Ayers, Michael D. (July 10, 2007). "Matt Pond PA Looks Into The 'Light'". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  31. ^ Prince, David J. (January 28, 2010). "Jakob Dylan Joins Neko Case, T-Bone Burnett For 'Women And Country'". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  32. ^ Escovedo, Alejandro (2016), Burn Something Beautiful, Fantasy Records and Concord Music Group
  33. ^ a b Loerzel, Robert (December 13, 2009). "Flat Five at the Hideout". Underground Bee. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  34. ^ Greg Kot (December 10, 2010). "Rare show by Flat Five tops concerts". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  35. ^ Greg Kot (October 19, 2016). "The Flat Five no longer just a once-a-year fling". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  36. ^ "The Flat Five". Bloodshot Records. 2020. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  37. ^ "The Flat Five". The Flat Five. 2020. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  38. ^ Pendarvis, Jack (November 9, 2005). "Home > Music > Features: John Wesley Harding's Love Hall Tryst". Paste Magazine. Paste Media Group. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  39. ^ Edelman, Judith. "Misfortune: A Novel – Wesley Stace / Songs of Misfortune – The Love Hall Tryst". Pure Music. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
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  41. ^ "Wee Hairy Beasties". Bloodshot Records. December 5, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
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  45. ^ Vitali, Marc (November 7, 2019). "Chicago's Bloodshot Records Celebrates 25th Anniversary". WTTW. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  46. ^ "Too Late to Pray: Defiant Chicago Roots". Bloodshot Records. 2019. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  47. ^ "Discography and Lyrics: Other Recordings: Jesus Christ Superstar – A Resurrection".
  48. ^ Greenberg, Rudi (April 8, 2009). "Siren Songs: Neko Case". The Washington Post. Nash Holdings.
  49. ^ Lelane, Drake (January 29, 2008). "Music on Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Sirens and Nipples". MTV News. ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks.
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  52. ^ "Episode 26" (Live public radio show). Wits APM. Fitzgerald Theater (Chicago). May 17, 2013. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  53. ^ DeRogatis, Jim (October 5, 2001). "That Kelly girl". Jim DeRogatis. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  54. ^ Weiss, Neal. "Weird Tales: MoMZine Friends Wax Poetic about Their Favorite Moments of the Year". MoMZine. Miles of Music. Archived from the original on February 19, 2001. Retrieved November 11, 2013. Kelly Hogan, Bloodshot Press Mule, Bloodshot Records, Chicago, Illinois
  55. ^ Hogan, Kelly (January 18, 2013). "From The Desk Of Kelly Hogan: Lynda Barry". Magnet Magazine. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
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