Kelly Hogan brings together country, soul, friends
It’s not easy being a Kelly Hogan admirer. She’s a singer’s singer, usually in the role of sassy sidekick. She’s kept busy over the past decade on the road and on records with the likes of Neko Case (as a full-time member of Case’s band), Mavis Staples, and Jakob Dylan, among others. On her newest, “I Like to Keep Myself in Pain,” she enlists some of her friends to write or at least give her songs for the album. Hogan plays Johnny D’s on Tuesday.