Jesse & The Hogg Brothers
Jesse & The Hogg Brothers have been described as follows: "The Beverley Hillbillies with intelligence; Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show on steroids; and The Hee Haw TV program at maximum warp. Currently from Boston, this first family of Texas CowPunk tours extensively around the United States. Their music has fans laughing, dancing and having a good time. Their most recent EP 'Rusty Loved Christmas' is sure to add favor and fun to your holiday.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it. Jesse: When I was a kid coming up I was always around music. Pappy was a player as long as I remember and I wrote my 1st song when I was 12 or 13, can't be sure. So yeah all of us used to play along with Pappy and he would coach us and eventually we could play with ourselves or any band we came up with. Kash: Even a young-in like me learned playing from Pappy.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Lisa Mari: Driving with no headlights on in the rain at night. Kash: The Burger guy for sure Stevie Joe: The night of the IL love buckets? Jesse: Hell no, For me it was visiting Neil's in-laws, his wife's family does well. So they ask us to get some milk so I said Where at that store near the beat up trailer park. And he says "at least its not like the ones in Bosque County" now I'm from Bosque County so I say What's that mean? and He says "You know those White Trash Meth Labs, they are blowing up all the time" I was confused. So once we left, Neil and I discussed the topic, we went online and read up on it and wrote the song by that name and as you know, the title of our 1st CD. The rest of the story's history! What has been the high point of your music path? Kash: For me, I joined Uncle Jesse a year ago September when I turned 21. I have played NY, Austin, Las Vegas, Milwaukee and so many other places. Lisa Mari: Playing with my dad!Stevie Joe - My guitarJesse: I am blessed to be able to perform with my family all over the place and the high point for me is the next show I'm going to do. Joe Joe: Playing with Jesse, actually playing with The Great JoeBob Hogg is my high point. JoeBob: I paid him to say that!
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like? Kash: Jesse? Jesse: I usually come up with lyrics and a melody and the family makes it work. Cousin Neil has had the most influence on the songs, and lesser extent Merle, and others, even Denton helped with one. The ideas come from real life. Not all personal experiences but close enough to be able to create a song. JoeBob: Then we lay down the songs together JoeJoe: Big Pink Rig? Stevie Joe: IL Lovebuckets? Kash: Soo weee Jesse: These guys inspire a lot of it.
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What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
The double edge sword of digital music. With streaming , downloads, youtube music and whatever you are doing on social networking. It is great, can touch many people but how do you get to folks who really want what you are doing. What would be nice to change is the way music in terms of hits is done. Indies have very small chance. So bring back a more indie music network folks watch like MTV in years 1-4.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Kash: Johnny Cash Stevie Joe: Buck Owens Lisa Mari: The Punknecks! JoeJoe: Sunshine Riot Jesse: Yeah, The Punknecks, we have played with them before and why them, because together its like seeing a Las Vegas show between them and us. We might be doing a few shows with them in 2018.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
JoeBob: We practice and when we do sometimes its coffee, sometimes it's pizza, sometimes better. Jesse gets us the set list. Kash: Before our shows I like green tea Lisa Mari: Shut up! Stevie Joe: Christmas is Coming! Jesse: The band knows what to do, I make sure I have some cough drops in my pocket and a copy of the set list and I'm ready to go.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Jesse: Everybody Loves When It's Christmas is/was the toughest song to write as its about my momma. I am unable to perform it without crying so please don't request it. Those are not crocodile tears on the album recording. I didn't intend it to be a sad song but it kind of wrote itself. But its also a very emotional mother love song that folks have told me they identify with.
What's coming up in the future?
A lot of new music. We have 2 songs on the upcoming double CD "30 Years of Music To Make Your Ears Hurt" . We have a bunch of singles coming out before we release or next album. Obviously we are on the road doing shows all over the USA and we hope to meet you at one of them. We are releasing a lot of new videos and will be filming in an underground horror flick that we probably get killed off in it. Please Buy Our Records TODAY!