Ready for coronation is Hogan, who honed her craft in Atlanta bar bands like the Jody Grind and the Rock*a*Teens prior to going solo, relocating to Chicago, and signing with Bloodshot Records -- the SubPop of alt-country. On her latest disc, Because It Feel Good, Hogan mixes weepers, honky-tonkers, and rockers from the likes of Charlie Rich, Randy Newman, and the Statler Brothers with tunes of her own. The record continues down the path blazed on Hogan's debut, Beneath the Country Underdog, on which her originals shared space with songs by Willie Nelson and Johnny Paycheck.
And though these albums have made Hogan known for her snide and sardonic wit, it's her voice that really carries the weight. Even those who have an issue with wisecracking babes won't leave the club with their drinks half-finished, after an earful of the soulful sound of this crazy-looking, freewheeling young woman.