What a turn of good fortune it was to connect with Maria Moss and Jon Hogan recently in the Heights, where the Texas-based musicians/troubadours were on a shopping mission for the authentic 1930s clothes they wear during performances of their extraordinary scorch folk music.
Not sure what scorch folk sounds like? Neither was I until I listened to a couple of their CDs incessantly over the past month: Go Lightning (2011) and Reuben’s Train (2014). The pair of traveling performers, who loosely live in Austin but are really on the road year-round, take the stage at gigs from Nashville to Kerrville (that town’s acclaimed Folk Festival). Most recently, they returned from the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival, where they performed in a lineup with fellow artists from Cuba, Spain, France, Canada and even a blues player from Karachi.
Revel in classics from the American song book spanning 1927 to 1958, including hits from the Carter Family, rendered in the unique Hogan & Moss take, which is pitch-perfect with plenty of feeling. Whether sweetly poignant or old-timey, rhythm rousing and upbeat, this music will transport you to another place and time.