WHAT THEY SAYING BOUT JESSE & THE HOGG BROS
Jesse and his cousins have been playing all over the states with a hilariously entertaining show that showcases original tracks from their first two albums/CD’s expertly mixed with classic covers from country’s greatest legends all with a unique Hogg Brothers southern sense of humor.
These Texas transplants (no, They're not from Hazard County; those are different Hoggs) say they play the country music they watched on Hee Haw when they were growing up, by which they mean the sweet spot of honky-tonk practiced by the likes of Buck Owens, George Jones and Merle Haggard.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette:
“Everything you really need to know about Jesse & the Hogg Brothers can be found in songs such as "White Trash Meth Lab" and "Are You Available for Datin'." This is a band with a wicked sense of humor and absolutely no fear. More importantly, this is a tight group of musicians, attacking bluegrass and Southern rock sounds with both a ferocious irreverence and a deep respect for musicality. The combination is both oddly charming and outrageously funny. “ - Victor D Infante
“If this was just a band making white trash jokes and wearing Billy Bob teeth and using fake twangs this might suck. But the beauty of the Hoggs ( who are not above white trash jokes, Billy Bob teeth and fake twangs) is that they are also making super earnest country music, old time stuff, including CB trucking songs, odes to America, and Christmas songs on both albums. If you can't get enough of the crude Southerner comedy (and a zillion Larry The Cable Guy fans can't be wrong) meets 1968 Opry music then get both CD's. Other curious folks get the second CD, as it includes some improved versions of the "hits" from the first one.” - Flamin' Waymon Timbsdayle
Grab stomping’ crazy trailer redneck trash fun for your buns! Ya like the nitty gritty of the country silly dirt band? Here’s one I discovered over the inter webs highway of myspace.com I listened to a bit of”White Trash Meth Lab” and had me a chuckle. Also with their song for the movie “Biker Ann” which I gotta see and I also gotta see them! The pigs are a squealing as we wait for Jesse & The Hogg Brothers to come to our town! - Jme Hashebsy
The Bridge Paper
"House Husband" is what every woman really wants, a man to do all the housework, cooking and shopping and still put out! People say country music is about losing your job, your love, your dog but these guys are just plain down to earth funny and are going straight to my iPod! - Laurie Johnson
"Non-Stop Thrills in this irreverent country music debut. The CD contains more talent than is implied by the song titles. Highly recommended if you enjoy laughing your ass off!" CC - Stubble Musiczine
STUBBLE caught up with Black & Blue Records’ progressive country band Jesse & The Hogg Brothers at Hogg HQ as they regroup for the second leg of their mid west tour that featured a stop at the Redneck Olympics, yes this exists. Jesse Braintree and family are keeping old school, real country alive; think CB trucking songs, odes to America, mud wrestling, etc.; if you can’t get enough of the crudeSoutherner comedy meets 1968 Grand Ole Opry country music then check them out.
STUBBLE: How about we start with some introductions.
Jesse Braintree: My name is Jesse Braintree with me is my cousin Stevie Joe Hogg he plays Banjo guitar, we got my cousin Buford Hogg slide guitar, and over drinking beer at 10:30 in the morning, as usual, is my long standing cousin Buzz Hogg (bass, guitar, vocals).
STUBBLE: How did you guys get started?
Jesse Braintree: Well, we’re all related, so actually what happened is my dad died when I was real young. He was in the military and he ended up being AWOL. We really don’t know what happened to him. So I ended up growing up with my cousin Buzz and my cousin Neil. Their father Pappy, he kinda raised us, and he taught us how to play, and we’ve been playing music ever since. As every generation of Hoggs come up, like the youngsters here they’ve joined us. It’s one big family act. Best way to say it.
STUBBLE: Being a country band, do you have any musical influences you want to talk about?
Jesse Braintree: Liquor for Buzz, but, I don’t know. We grew up listening to Buck Owens and other people on Hee Haw and all the artists there whether you’re talking Hank Williams Junior, Roy Clark, Johnny Cash, George Jones they’re all big big influences on us. We just learned to love traditional, ole Opry style country music and we try to add that element to our music.
STUBBLE: What do you think of today’s country music?
Jesse Braintree: For the most part I don’t. It’s just pop music with a twang. I like Hank III and there’s plenty of people playing good music in fact some people play a little bit of both, but for what’s on the radio I would say no I don’t listen to country radio. It’s not what I like.
STUBBLE: Is there a genre that you like besides country?
Jesse Braintree: Sure, we’re on a punk rock or metal label, we’re open to all kinda music. In fact what’s funny one of our songs Biker Ann, a film maker approached us about a year ago and asked us if we’d be interested in turning that song into a movie. So that’s the plan right now we don’t know if it’s really gonna happen but supposedly we're writing a script based on the song “Biker Ann.” The guy who owns the record label is writing a script along that so I have no idea if it’s going to have anything to do with the true story, but we're hoping to film that sometime in 2013 and I'm real excited about that.
STUBBLE: You don't have accents.
Jesse Braintree: I'm gonna answer that the only way I can. We’re from Texas, but we didn’t spend our entire lives in Texas. I grew up mostly up here. We work for Yankee money and we've been Working for Yankees for a long time. As much as we're in Texas more than anywhere else, we’re up here too. So I guess I don't sound as Texan as someone else, but I’m a Texan and very proud of it. Normally when people say that to me I usually get pretty upset, especially when I am in Texas and some Texan says I’m not from Texas, I don't think that's very respectful.
(For the full interview check our online audio /video archives this has only1/4 of it)
Here is an interview Jesse did with Austin TX based ButtRagMag:
Grab stompin', crazy trailer redneck trash fun for your buns! Ya like the nitty gritty of the country silly dirt band? Here's one I discovered over the interwebs highway of myspace.com. I listened to a bit o "White Trash Meth Lab" and had me a chuckle. Also with the song for the movie "Biker Ann" which I gotta see and I also gotta see them! They're on tour right now and shall be in my neck-o-the woods in January! Grabs! Anyways here's some questions I asked and they answered with ease.