Dave Hogan “Fun Box” review
Hey folks. My new cd just got reviewed in Amsterdam on the Altcountryforum. -DH
“The American Dave Hogan is a seasoned musician in his heart and core. His search through a wide range of styles including folk, hard rock, bluegrass, country and blues made him a wealth of musical baggage. In recent years, the singer and guitarist from Stratford, Connecticut has been active with his band Graylight Campfire. This discussion goes on Hogan’s solo project, “Fun Box.” This time machine turns the clock back forty years to the era of the untitled debut album by Crazy Horse. That Hogan was inspired by one of his favorite records was good to hear. The album “Fun Box” spent overtime in my CD player as the the rain pattered against my windows these last days. Along with Hogan’s voice, guitar and piano, Graylight Campfire bandmates Dennis Jackson (drums), Brian O’Callaghan (bass) and some friends including Jason P. Krug (vocals), Kris Santala (vocals) and Tim “T-Bone” Stone (keys) on the album draws merrily from the alt. country and Americana keg.
The semi-acoustic High, Dry & Lonesome, Go Away, Downbound Train, and Out in the Open are all strong songs with a prancing Crazy Horse on his team. Infinitely charged with both authentic and contemporary feeling. Must an artist reinvent himself each time, or maybe just do what they do best? I lean back in my chair when I hear for the umpteenth time the familiar and elegant sounds of Next Time Around, World’s Oldest Question (want to be singin’ the blues?) and Please Come Home. And you know how that is? By the conviction and the charm that this incredible album by Dave Hogan brings.”