I wasn’t familiar with Coty Hogue until I received a press release regarding her latest CD, When We Get to Shore. While scanning the track list, my eyes instantly gravitated to three words — “I’m on Fire.” Could this be a Springsteen cover? Indeed it is — on banjo. Apparently Ms. Hogue has a series of banjo covers in the works (fans can vote on the selection), and if they’re anything like “I’m on Fire,” it should be worth the wait.
Recorded live at Empty Sea Studios in Seattle, When We Get to Shore is a thoroughly enjoyable acoustic set. Hogue’s originals like “Cannot Deliver” and “Venus Flytrap” show that she’s a creative songwriter in her own right and just as adept on acoustic guitar as the banjo. The album strikes all the right Americana nerves, with an assortment of covers by popular artists like Lindsey Buckingham and Hank Williams, as well as arrangements of traditional tunes like “Going to the West” and “Wedding Dress.” Her trio includes multi-instrumentalists Kat Bula and Aaron Guest. I’m looking forward to more banjo covers, and especially new originals from Coty.