Silas Hogan

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Decades: 1980s 1990s


15 September 1911, Westover, Louisiana, USA, d. 9 January 1994. Hogan learned guitar from his uncles, but also from records by artists such as James ‘Kokomo’ Arnold and Blind Lemon Jefferson. He moved to Baton Rouge during his late 20s and over the years established himself on the city’s blues scene. His band first recorded in 1959, with a record issued under the name of drummer Jimmy Dotson. From 1962-65 Hogan made a series of fine blues singles with producer Jay Miller, issued on Excello Records. These included upbeat R&B as well as gloomy down-home blues, but their quality is consistently high - the band always tight, and Hogan singing with power and conviction. The influence of Jimmy Reed and Lightnin’ Slim is occasionally evident, but Hogan always retains his own distinctive sound. During the blues revival of the late 60s and early 70s, a few recordings were made by Hogan in Baton Rouge and released on Arhoolie and Blue Horizon Records....

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