Modern stories with old souls and the Carter Family canon. Appalachian mystery rants at breakneck speed, full-bodied gospel and blues, and a touch of Mid-Century swing.
Jon Hogan and Maria Moss call it scorch folk, their shorthand for a blend of original ballads, fast-driving vintage corkers, early country waltzes, and covers that scramble time with pop lyrics set to old-time music. Part Western folk-punk, part 1930s dancehall, it shimmers with cascades of twangy guitar and Jon Hogan’s heartbreak vocals, or snaps with mad minor-key mountain harmonies and Mother Maybelle-style fingerpicking. It sounds like Ireland, West Texas, North Mississippi and East Tennessee, and an imaginary place where songs by Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt, Amy Winehouse, Nirvana, Prince, Warren Zevon, Steve Earl and Billy Joel are rearranged by the likes of Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills, Geeshie Wiley, and A.P. Carter.
Hogan & Moss and the Old Weird America typically play more than 250 shows and teaching events annually, touring throughout Texas, the Southwest, Rockies states and Midwest. Their shows range from high-energy full-band dance celebrations with the Old Weird America on bass, drums, mandolin and fiddle, to house-concert duo and trio performances with upright bass. In 2016 they toured for the first time in Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The Old Weird America band takes its name from Greil Marcus’ classic work of American music criticism, an inspirational and indispensable codex to a music that nonetheless remains a mystery, and forever shall.
“They have stage presence. Jon has his old-fashioned three-piece suits and fedora hat, Maria is always in early 20th century dress, ladies hat and most often cowboy boots. When they start playing, half the audience is already tapping toes in anticipation. With their storytelling and unique collaborative style, they are always a crowd pleaser.”
Mitchell Cohen, in the Observer
“Live, the band seemed uncorked. Hogan and Moss both look like strumming maniacs, possessed by old time music. It’s as though if you touched them, they might electrocute you, they’re so saturated with energy.”
Erika Fredrickson – Missoula Independent
“One of the most entertaining duos I’ve ever seen…Hogan’s lyrics, and Moss’s incredible finger picking are something that everyone needs to see…..Get out to see this band as soon as you can.”