Someone on Quora asked if folk music or punk music is dead, if not, what the future is of folk bands. Folk punk has been popular for almost 40 years, since the early 1980s. Most folk punk artists use mandolins, accordions, banjos, and sometimes guitars, to combine the style of punk rock and traditional country music. Tell me, don’t you miss the old time music, with the swooning melodies, while you spent whole night in your favorite honky tonk, have a glass of whiskey in hand that got you tipsy?
I went to the Green Pig Pub in salt lake city and found this amazing folk punk band, Folk Hogan. This band of mighty soul with their fully punk-fueled music, clearly tells me NO, folk punk music is not dead. They have been well known for their heavy metal drinking music for a few years and now they change their focus on more surreal and romantic folk punk music. A few years ago, when they interviewed with radio from hell, they already killed the whole Utah with their mighty, hoarse, hipster-styled voices. From their music album Band of Mighty Souls, to The Show, you can almost tell that they shift from despairingly angry folk rockers to a midnight story-tellers. I like Fire Breather, the intense and earth-shattering music just flows out naturally while they are swinging their bodies with the audiences in bars. I also love I Am Sill Drunk. It’s cheesy and makes me feel like I am a drunken chaser wandering in midnight and seeking for my soul. Freak Show, another song that will melt your heart with their cigarette-smoking voices and desperately dark tones. Listen to their music albums, their classic soul songs will never disappoint you.
Moses Mckinley, one of the founders of Folk Hogan, is the charming vocalist and mandolin player. Canyon Elliot, another vocalist and accordion player, is the quick-witted and intelligent soul in the band. Nick Passey, the guitar play, definitely explodes the show stages every time with his blood-splattered guitar breaks. Jared Hayes, I love his hair. As the bass player in the band, he has the power to shatter the ground and shout out his tone of the music. Kameron Anton, who plays Banjo and other extensive instruments, injects fresh folk elements to the band. Curtis Stahl, the drum player, brings the violent vibration to all his fans. As a mighty-soul band stands out from the Utah local music, their punk-fueled voices always crash the Utah locals’ hearts. If you are a Utah local, go to Piper Down Pub, go to Brewski’s, go to Utah beer festival, even go to the downtown farmers market in salt lake city, they are there and you will know, folk punk is not dead, at least not in this place.
Listen to Folk Hogan in Urban Lounge in February 16th, tell me if their music hits you and if you still think folk punk is dead!