APRIL 26, 2006
Hogan (and that is how she prefers to be called, for some reason — last name only) was in a countrier than usual mood tonight, playing some tasty and twangy covers of obscure Nashville songs as well as a few of her originals. Less jazzy than she has been in recent years. Either style is fine with me. I just want to know: WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO PUT OUT ANOTHER ALBUM???? WE NEED IT!!!
Scott Miller is one of the nicest and funniest musicians I’ve interviewed, with a cool combination of rural Southern frankness and a sharp intellect. He’s also quite a good songwriter, though I have to admit I haven’t kept up on his music lately. (My copy of his Inside/Outside disc was stolen from my car a couple of years ago, and I haven’t gotten around to replacing it… And I just picked up his new CD at this show.) I played his old album Thus Always to Tyrants in preperation for this show and found myself thinking, “Home come I don’t listen to this more often?” The show featured several songs from that disc, which sounded great, especially the should-be-a-classic “Is There Room on the Cross for Me.” A couple of songs Miller played solo acoustic sounded good, too. The new songs I was not so familiar with… They seemed fine, but I’ll need to hear them on disc before I decide how they hold up. Some nice covers, including Neil Young’s “Hawks and Doves.”
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