Kelly Hogan: Cashing In An Album's Worth Of Favors | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio
Filed Under:

Kelly Hogan: Cashing In An Album's Worth Of Favors

"I started singing in bars when I was still in high school," says Kelly Hogan. "It's not the easiest thing to do if you like to eat something besides ramen noodles and have insurance."

Difficulties notwithstanding, Hogan paid her dues: She went on tour, put out an album, toured some more. And after 11 years as what she calls a "backup singing ninja" for acts such as Neko Case, Jakob Dylan, Vic Chesnutt, Booker T. Jones and many, many others, Hogan became known as a singer's singer — the kind such big names mention when they're asked whom they admire.

Then one day, a record producer suggested she call in a few favors. Hogan sent some emails to her musician pals.

"I just professed my undying love and humbly asked if someone wanted to write a song for me — either for my sensibility or for my vocal tendencies."

The result: I Like to Keep Myself in Pain, Kelly Hogan's first album in 11 years, which features songs written by M. Ward, Andrew Bird, Robyn Hitchcock, Vic Chesnutt and more. She discusses making the record and more with NPR's Scott Simon.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 18

You can attend an annual Latin American film festival or see a new play about strength, war and family.

NPR

From Coffee To Chicory To Beer, 'Bitter' Flavor Can Be Addictive

If you don't think you like bitter foods, try them again. Jennifer McLagan, the author of Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor, is on a mission to change hearts and minds.
NPR

Ukraine's Poroshenko To Meet With Obama, Congress

Petro Poroshenko arrives in the U.S. to meet with the president and Congress to lobby for increased aid to his embattled government.
NPR

3.7 Million Comments Later, Here's Where Net Neutrality Stands

A proposal about how to maintain unfettered access to Internet content drew a bigger public response than any single issue in the Federal Communication Commission's history. What's next?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.