Louisville’s Hog Operation draws its main inspiration and repertoire from the classic Kentucky tradition: a fusion of the lonesome sounds of early immigrant settlers and the field hollers and blues songs of the first African Americans that created the true beginnings of the Bluegrass Style. With high-energy performances that borrow elements from various forms of roots music, including blues, bluegrass, folk, Celtic, country, and rock, Hog Operation has developed an original style of supercharged bluegrass that combines a deep appreciation for history and a keen knack for innovation.
The band features banjoist Steve Cooley, who has performed with Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, David Grisman, Jean Ritchie and Phish, guitarist Screamin’ John Hawkins, bassist Larry Raley, and fiddler and June Appal award nominee Chubby Spud (a.k.a. Mike Schroeder).
Hog Operation has released two albums: “New Litter,” featuring all original music and “Nice Ham Bites,” a collection of bluegrass and country standards. Until then, the group continues to bring big smiles and good times to audiences in the Louisville area and on the Bluegrass festival circuit.
This artist appears in Jubilee #708: Hog Operation.