2009 Jesse,Neil,Junior.Kenny,Bobby,Hiro& Buzz
THE HISTORY OF JESSE & THE HOGG BROTHERS
The long story
At the age of 17 Horace Lee "Pappy" Hogg was living in a trailer in Bosque County outside of Clinton, Texas in 1952 when he was drafted into the US Army. Soon he was on his way to fight in the Korean War. There he met Travis Braintree, a member of Company E of the 31st Infantry. They fought side by side at the Battle of Pork Chop Hill. On the night of April 16, 1953, shortly before midnight, a hail of artillery signaled a sudden infantry assault by a Chinese battalion. Pork Chop Hill was quickly overrun, although isolated bunkers were defended by U.S. soldiers. During this battle Pappy Hogg was wounded, and Travis carried him on his back to one of the bunkers. Hogg’s life was saved, and the two became the best of friends. After the war Hogg retired from the army, married Betty Louise Dodson, and they quickly had two sons, PJ and Junior. Braintree reenlisted and was stationed in TX. Braintree eventually met and fell in love with Pappy’s sister, Thelma Hogg, and they were married in February of 1966. After only a few months of wedded bliss, Travis was sent to Vietnam, but not before Thelma became pregnant with Jesse and his twin sister Becky Ann.
That year Pappy got divorced and quickly wed his 2nd wife, Tammy Lee. Tragically, in the spring of 1967 Travis was reported Missing In Action near Hanoi. He was never heard from again. Pappy took in his sister and her children and helped raise the twins along with his new sons, Neil and Robert T. The boys grew up with Jesse listening to Buck Owens, Johnny Cash and many other country heroes. The family loved to watch Hee Haw together. And they really jammed too when cousin Beau brought over his boy Buzz who was Pappy's first guitar student that really bonded what would be the foundation of the band to follow decades later. .
Jesse & The Hogg Brothers / Hogg Family
L-R Neil, Merle, Jesse, Bobby, & Buzz
The Short Version or the rest
..... so Pappy taught the boys how to play, and they first played with themselves then formed a band with Jesse as the lead singer. Jesse went on to college. But he dropped out and soon was working as a salesman. In the late 80s Jesse left Texas when he got a promotion that relocated him north to New England. Once there he made good money. Jesse still wanted to keep singing country music, so he formed a band called Jesse & The Hogg Brothers with a bunch of friends.
Eventually he got cousin Buzz, Neil and Robert T to come up north and in the mid 90's. They started to focus more on original songs instead of playing covers. In fact many of the favorites from the 2 CD's in 2009 were penned in the mid-late 90's. While they wrote songs they continued to play covers live till 2003 then the band broke up.
Jesse went back to Texas to play in a outfit called "The Ranch" playing country and swing with his cousins Jolene and Kenny Hogg. But it didn't last, Kenny went off to become a successful oilman while Jolene headed towards Florida. Buzz had stayed up in RI it looked like the story was ending.
Then in 2007 Jesse was at a BBQ and his cousin Neil was there and soon they starting getting together writing music again and this led to the release of 2 CDs "White Trash Meth Lab" and "Working For Yankee Money".
"White Trash Meth Lab" got the band in a bit of controversy as folks did not understand the songs or the lyrics. And to some extent is still a common question asked in interviews. The song does not promote or advocate them.
The lineup is always subject to change on a given night after releasing the 2 CDs. The band began playing in TX with Neil, Kenny (who lost his job in the oil business and was working as a mechanic) , Junior, Hirohito and then in September 2009 Jesse brought the group up and reunited with Buzz who joined rejoined the band.
In 2010 "Everybody Loves When Its Christmas" was one of the popular new holiday songs that season garnering airplay.
In 2010 a filmmaker contacted Jesse about making "Biker Ann" their song into a movie. In that year they filmed it but for unknown reasons the project got terminated in Feb 2011. The movie is not dead, just delayed. A new film maker is recasting and filming will begin in 2013. Jesse says "I think what is going to be fun about this movie is the number of musicians acting in it. There are some strange twists from what the song covers and so the song is based on a true story, and the film is based on the song.
In 2011 Jesse’s day job got him moved back up north and this is when I guess there is some controversy about Jesse asked everybody as he wanted the band to join him in Boston but only Buzz who had lived in RI before was willing. Needing more players Jolene and her brother Stevie Joe moved up from Florida to the Boston area. Jolene and Stevie Joe joined Buzz, Jesse and cousin merle and Abner to begin playing regular shows in New England.
To fill things out cousin Buford and even Pappy came up in 2013 for a tour of the northeast-midwest.
The band has had a few changes since coming to Boston. Jesse’s daughter Lisa Mari joined in 2013 and Joe Joe joined in 2014 on drums.
In 2014 The band made a holiday hit with their single “Don’t Mess With Christmas” and in early 2015 “Party In My Pants” single off the NEW Rusty Loved Christmas CD launched the REMEMBER RUSTY TOUR that introduced the band to fans in Las Vegas, Str Louis, Indianapolis, NY NY, and lots of places in between!
Jesse & The Hogg Brothers are currently calling Jamaica Plain MA home. It is near where they are recording new music. Stevie Joe Hogg says "We are up for the challenge of playing country music in the northeast while we crank out our new albums”.
Jesse and The Hogg Brothers are indeed in the studio to complete recording their highly anticipated 4th CD including their new dance song "Hogg Tail Twist" and humorous romantic ballad "Love Buckets" and a whole bunch more.