Next performance will be on Friday, December 27, at 8:30 p.m. at J. Anthony’s Italian Grill
DUDLEY - The local country music band founded by Bobby Hogan back in 1994 had a great national run for several years, garnering awards that included Country Band of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. They opened up for names like Alabama, Toby Keith, and Billy Ray Cyrus.
“But there wasn't much money in it,” said Bobby, when we talked with him earlier this month. “What it came down to was that we would have had to move to Nashville to make a living at it.” They disbanded and Bobby bought a tractor trailer, driving from coast to coast.
Fast forward 15 years to this spring when, sitting at home after having foot surgery, Bobby was listening to country music radio and said, “Man, I miss it so much,” and made a decision to recreate the band. He posted his plan on Bandmix.com, a website for meeting new musicians. Miraculously, he heard from his original drummer David Horton of Templeton who asked: “Are you serious?” Horton didn’t hesitate and jumped back in, along with his wife Lynn, the band’s original bassist and vocalist. Bobby then contacted the original keyboardist Paul Nogueira of Somerset, and “in a matter of minutes I had three-quarters of a band.”
Matt Marshall Bruce of Worcester joined the group on lead guitar, Kerry Anderson of Warwick, Rhode Island, came on with steel guitar and dobro, and the resurrected band began rehearsing. “We do a lot of that,” said Bobby. “We're not just a weekend band. This isn't just a hobby – it's a project. We want to make this band into something special.” He drives locally now for a company in Sutton, so he can devote the necessary time.
Since resurrecting the band, Bobby Hogan & Sugar Creek have been playing at local venues such as Grill 57 in Worcester, Halligan's in Auburn, and Point Breeze Restaurant in Webster. They are getting bookings for Boston now and Bobby predicts that “by summertime it will be exploding.”
Bobby is working on some original music and his goal for 2014 is to record and get on the independent charts. “We want to go as far as we can take it,” he said, very confidently.
Their next performance will be on Friday, December 27, at 8:30 p.m. at J. Anthony’s Italian Grill in Auburn. The band’s website is www.bobbyhoganandsugarcreek.com.
--- Yankee Shopper staff