“HERE TO STAY”
©2006 Independently Released
Review by Jinelle Boyd
I felt compelled to jot down a few notes as I listened to the Hogg Maulie’s album, “HERE TO STAY”. What made me take the time to share my thoughts was the fact that it was UNIQUE, so much so that I found myself calling up memories of being young and wild, discovering great music for the first time, and the carefree abandonment of laughing and loving with every cell in your being. That’s what the Hogg Maulies’ music does. It reminds you of the times before the establishment got its hooks into you and turned you into an upstanding, law-abiding citizen! Think the cool vibes of Buffalo Springfield, the simplicity of early Tom Petty and John Cougar, with just a hint of the soft-rock lyricism of Bread. These guys have a refreshing sound – and that’s not easy to do in this sometimes cookie-cutter mass-manufactured musical world we find ourselves in. On a side note, I read where the guys are recording a live album at Lubbock’s Blue Light in April of 2007. If the venue name sounds familiar, you’ll recall MTM member Wade Bowen and West 84’s live album recorded at the same place took home ALBUM OF THE YEAR at the 2004 Texas Music Awards! If the Hogg Maulies play their cards right, and get a producer worth his salt, I wouldn’t be surprised to see another live award-winning album come out of this fine Lubbock establishment. Bottom line: the Hogg Maulies are most definitely HERE TO STAY – especially in my own CD player. Good job, guys!
With powerful lyrics, driven songs, and a strong stage presence, The Hogg Maulies bring together the elements to create a distinctive sound to the Texas Music forefront.
Growing up in West Texas, Rode Morrow, Bradey Murphree, and David Mullins started a band in 2001 by plugging in two microphones and two guitars into one amplifier and started playing in a crop-duster hanger. It didn't take long for them to figure out that if they got out from under the tin in the hanger, they might just sound a little better. While attending Texas Tech University, they met up with Jerod Foster, from Paradise, Texas, whose lead guitar influences come from the 60s and 70s, when real music was made. The band was complete.
When asked once how the name "The Hogg Maulies" came about, the band replied:
"One night we were getting ready to go to a concert in Lubbock, and someone asked about a few of our buddies that hadn't come to see us play in a while. They were big farm boys and were always shopping for showhogs. So then it was said, 'Those hogg maulies are never around to see us play,' and thus we called the band The Hogg Maulies."
Since the creation of The Hogg Maulies, they have broken into the market and have recorded two studio albums, with a live album in Lubbock at The Blue Light on the way in April, 2007. They have established a loyal following from Amarillo, to Lubbock, to Abilene, to San Angelo, and their name is known statewide.
Since the conception of the band, fiddle player, Preston Wait from El Campo, Colorado, and bass player Parker Morrow from Sweetwater, Texas, have been added to the group. They are currently music performance students at South Plains College, and Preston has made appearances with Texas Country act Cooder Graw.
The Hogg Maulies' first studio album, "The Ride," was released in March, 2005. Additional musicians included Jason Lerma and Eric Andrews (Aaron Watson and the Orphans of the Brazos), Kina Lankford, Scot Williams, and Larry Rains. The album's single, "Austin Slow Down," was recognized as the number 35 song of 2005 by Radio Free Texas (www.radiofreetexas.org), where it spent eight weeks in the Top 10. The single also spent 10 weeks in the Top 10 on Texas Music Theater Radio (www.tmtr.net).
In late 2005, The Hogg Maulies reentered the studio to record their second album, "Here to Stay." In August, 2006, the group brought in Debbie Green Promotions to assist in marketing The Hogg Maulies on the radio. The debut single from the album, "Goodnight," made it to number 21 on the Texas Music Chart in 2006. The Hogg Maulies are currently promoting the second single and title track from the album, "Here To Stay."
"The Hogg Maulies: Live@ the Blue Light" will be recorded on April 14th, 2007, in Lubbock, Texas, and it will be set to release in August, along with a live DVD. This is the first live album from The Blue Light since Wade Bowen's recording in 2001.
The Hogg Maulies are planning to record their third studio album in Fall 2007 with producer Matt Martindale from Cooder Graw at the reigns. The group states the new album "will be an awesome reflection of our success so far, all the fun we've had, and all of the people we've met. The songs on the album will push us to the limit, and we're confident that with Martindale behind the wheel, it will be our biggest project yet."
The Hogg Maulies' influences can be attributed to just about all genres of music. Rode just likes great songs, no matter what genre, which seems to be the Texas Music forefront and ideology. Obviously, Jerod comes out of the 60's and 70's, while David and Parker thrive on both rock and country as well.
The Hogg Maulies have shared the same stage with many artists and friends such as Reckless Kelly, Gary P. Nunn, Cooder Graw, the Eli Young Band, Aaron Watson, Travis Linville, Scott Evans, The Charlie Shafter Band, Tommy Alverson, Copperhead, Texas Jack, The Sunny Helms Band, and Drew Womack, and many more.
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