Anti- Records is immensely proud to announce the upcoming release of Kelly Hogan's new solo album I Like To Keep Myself In Pain out this June 5th. The Georgia native is a supremely talented and multi-faceted singer profoundly respected within the music world. She was recently touted "a national treasure" by colleague, friend and former Chicago neighbor, Andrew Bird.
On her new album Hogan curates an ambitious and moving labor of love, mining the perfect intersection between classic pop, country and soul. She utilizes her incredible voice to interpret compositions penned for her by musical luminaries including M. Ward, Vic Chesnutt, Magnetic Fields, the Mekons' Jon Langford, the Handsome Family, Bird, Freakwater's Catherine Irwin, John Wesley Harding, Robbie Fulks, Gabriel Roth and Robyn Hitchcock.
She is backed on the album by an absolutely all-star band consisting of R&B legends Booker T. Jones and James Gadson (Bill Withers, Beck) as well as talented young lions Gabe Roth (of Daptone Records, the Dap-Kings) and Scott Ligon.
Pitchfork has just premiered the song "We Cant Have Nice Things" written for Hogan by Jack Pendarvis and Andrew Bird. It is a contemplative and soulful track which periodically swells into an unforgettable Burt Bacharach-like pop crescendo.
As Hogan explains, "My dear friend Jack Pendarvis is a writer and he sent these lyrics called "We Can't Have Nice Things." He thought it would turn out like this George Jones she-left-me type of song. But I had asked Andrew Bird, who I have worked with a long time, to write me a song. He asked if I had any lyrics he could write with so I sent him Jack's. He sent them back with this amazing music and it turned into this really deep soul searching psychological song."
To hear Kelly Hogan's "We Can't Have Nice Things" care of Pitchfork.com, go here.
Kelly Hogan's I Like To Keep Myself In Pain is the record of a lifetime by a beloved talent. From her time fronting acclaimed bands The Jody Grind and Rock*A*Teens, to her role as, what she proudly calls "the noble sideman" with artists such as Neko Case, Mavis Staples, Jakob Dylan and many others, it has all been leading directly to this moment, and this unforgettable new album.
"This record is my history and all my acquired tools and these really amazing songs that people sent me," Hogan says. "I'm just this person who loves music. And it's my life. And I hope that people love the songs as much as I do and I hope people will listen to them and make out to them."
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COUNT THIS PENNY
Count This Penny is an indie folk band based in Madison, Wisconsin--by way of East Tennessee. They write songs born of doggedly traveling to and from the hills of home.
Since their first show at the Down Home's Open Hoot in 2009, CTP has appeared on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television's 30-Minute Music Hour, and WDVX's Blue Plate Special in Knoxville, Tennessee. Following their national radio debut in March, their EP hit the #6 spot on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart.
The band's newest release, Pitchman--the final record produced at Madison's legendary Smart Studios (Garbarge, Nirvana, Sparklehorse, Freedy Johnston)--will be widely available this summer. In the meantime, they'll focus on some hometown shows--as well as supporting the likes of Sarah Jarosz and Kelly Hogan.
Oh, and here's how they got their name.
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"If you like the Everybodyfields, the Civil Wars, or some old school Gram and Emmylou, you will dig Count This Penny."
-Muzzle of Bees
"Folks may have a faint idea of what to expect from a band that describes what it does as "Appalachian pop," but they'll likely be surprised by how instantly inviting Count This Penny sounds. It's music steeped in old American traditions, but the concise form the songs adhere to and the pop structures the band employs make the songs modern and streamlined enough to thrive far from the mountains where their inspiration first saw the light of day."
-The Onion's A.V. Club, Madison, WI
"Their voices one a bit gravelly, the other crystal clear form gorgeous harmonies and textures when paired."
-Isthmus, Madison, WI
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