01/24/13 St. Paul, MN Turf Club
01/25/13 Evanston, IL Space
01/26/13 Milwaukee, WI Cactus Club
01/27/13 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
02/01/13 Chicago, IL Green Mill
But Hogan has a fairly extensive musical background dabbling in jazz and rock as well as country. She started with a stint in an early 90s jazzy Atlanta band called the Jody Grind that was cut short following the tragic death of two members and moved on to art-rock quartet Rock*A*Teens in 1996. Hogan has released four solo albums since that time, collaborating with Andrew Bird and Edith Frost on her own records and lending her talents to bands like Drive-By-Truckers, The Mekon’s Jon Langford, The Waco Brothers and, more recently, Jakob Dylan’s solo 2010 effort Women and Country and Mavis Staples’ You Are Not Alone.
In June, Hogan released I Like to Keep Myself in Pain, a fantastic collection of bittersweet songs written by friends and collaborators (M. Ward, Vic Chestnutt and Robyn Hitchcock, to name a few) and a sole Hogan tune called “Golden” which she wrote for Case, when her friend was struggling to become a successful singer. The album has made quite a splash in the music world, showing up on a number of critics’ top ten lists for the year (including my two favorite critics Jim Derogatis and Greg Kott of WBEZ’s Sound Opinions.) Hogan has been touring off and on since November hitting various cities in the midwest and east coast in support of the album. The killer combination of heavenly voice and sharp and playful stage presence should make for a wildly wonderful and engaging show at one of my favorite St. Paul venues, the cozy Turf Club.