Every time high voltage rock & roll showman Brian Hogan hits the bandstand, he takes complete authority over the room. With a soulful swagger and a passionate set of pipes, Hogan’s arresting mixture of untamed big beat, honky-tonk philosophy and passionate balladry makes every one of his shows a full-blown event. Rhythm driven and acutely aware of his audience, Hogan’s spontaneous response brings him off stage and right onto the floor, stalking listeners like a panther and constantly turning up the heat. It’s the instinctive acumen of a master showman, and Hogan does not do any of it half way.
With a far-reaching repertoire of his own striking originals and a knack for choosing material perfectly suited for re-invention, Hogan’s developed his own distinct style, one wedded to both rock & roll’s rich tradition and his own evolving, communicative sound. As a lyricist, Hogan explores some dark, atmospheric territory (with lines like “she’s a woman built to wreck your soul”) but it’s never over-bearing nor does it stray from the passionate heart of his own creativity. Hogan always puts his songs over with tremendous feel and atmosphere, and his fluid versatility ranges from the old time romantic hokum of “Lust Struck Fool” to the strikingly tender, sentimental meditation “Here I Wait.” With a well received self-titled release, which prompted one reviewer to note “his baritone is more than enough to make you feel deliciously forlorn… It’s that classy, but deeper than [Chris] Isaak’s Orbisonisms” ) and a kicking live disc in the works, Hogan is assuredly on his way.
The product of a formidable gene pool: His great grandfather was Belgian violinist Alfred Megerlin, (concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, Minneapolis Symphony and the L.A.Phil circa 1918-1929), his father was popular Native American actor Pat Hogan of the Oneida Indian Nation (as Hogan tells it, “He was the go-to guy in 40’s 50’s and 60’s when some action star of the moment needed to kill an Indian chief in hand to hand combat.”) and his uncle is child actor-teen idol Johnny Crawford of Rifleman fame, who scored a handful of Top 40 hits in the mid-1960’s and still entertains today as a big band crooner.
A popular draw at Los Angeles roots-rock hotspots like The Cinema Bar, Viva Cantina, Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill, Weber’s, Bigfoot Lodge, Ronnie Mack’s Barndance, the annual Elvis Presley birthday extravaganza, and a pair of residencies at toney Ventura Blvd.boites Boneyard Bistro and Fox & Hounds, found the singer and his ferociously able band mates playing to packed houses. Unquestionably, Hogan ranks as one of the rafter-raising-est rock & roll sensations in Southern California.