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Kelly Hogan – I Like To Keep Myself In Pain (ANTI-)

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Georgia native Kelly Hogan has made a mighty mark in the music world as a member first of the Jody Grind and then the decidedly more tough Rock*A*Teens, before sharing her angelic vocal talents behind such established artists as Mavis Staples, Neko Case, Jakob Dylan and Andrew Bird, who calls her a “national treasure.”

Her latest solo effort finds her paying homage to a dozen of her favorites, performing songs by Robyn Hitchcock, M. Ward, Vic Chesnutt, Magnetic Fields and more, along with one of her own. Backed by R&B legends Booker T. Jones and James Gadson, as well as Gabe Roth and Scott Ligon, Hogan once again proves her meddle on tracks like the Catherine Irwin-penned bar-stool ballad “Dusty Groove” and the raw, laid-back vibes of Hitchcock’s title track. Her own “Golden” is a sweet, yearning number bolstered by luscious organ and ringing guitars, and Margaret Ann Rich’s “Pass On By” brings to mind a classic R&B Patsy Cline.

Overall, Hogan proves once again that she’s able to take on the best of the best with a powerful blast of personal talent that calls the listener back over and over for more.

– Tom Hallett

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