Image Courtesy of Coty Hogue
With the ever rising popularity of indie-folk, progressive bluegrass, acoustic rock and the singer-songwriter it’s sometimes refreshing to find an artist actually writing and performing in the tradition. Adding a banjo or mando to your band’s lineup may endeer you to lovers of folk music (and let’s be honest here – the writers of Timber and Steel) but for folk purists it takes something a little more – your connection to traditional music needs to be a little more linier in nature. Which is why when I stumbled upon Coty Hogue recently I just knew I had to write about her – this ladies and gentlemen is “real” folk music.
Coty Hogue grew up in Montana before moving to Bellingham, Washington at a young age, a city renowned for its thriving roots music scene. It was here that Hogue developed traditionally influenced, banjo led Appalachian folk style of writing and performing with a voice that is simply stunning. Infusing her music with the whole range of American roots styles – blues, swing, country, bluegrass – Coty Hogue is all at once refreshingly new and instantly timelesss.
With an acclaimed debut album, Going to the West, under her belt Hogue is keeping the momentum going with her brand new live album When We Get To Shore. The album features Hogue at her best combing the traditional (tracks like “Wedding Dress” and “Handsome Molly”), the unexpected covers (such as Fleetwood Mac’s “Second Hand News” and Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire”) and of course of her own compositions.
Already very well respected in the American folk scene it’s only a matter of time before Coty Hogue decides to branch out and bring her music overseas. We can only hope that when she does she sets Australia firmly in her sights as her music is something pretty special. We recommend you track down both Going to the West and When We Get To Shore and have a listen for yourself.