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“Hogan’s rich, sensual vocals add layers of warmth and elements of soul to the group’s music, while Brian Link on bass, Matt Ramsdell on drums and percussion, and John Dover on trumpet create the jazzy, country blues elements that will transport the listener to a humid, summer night in the South.”

– Kelsey Greco, Vortex Music Magazine (April 26, 2018)

“Colin’s original lyrics and compositions combines many musical influences, to create a totally unique sound that can captivate any audience.”

– Teri Briggs, The Portland Playlist, (February 18, 2017)



The Colin Trio is songwriter Colin Hogan on vocals, guitar, and piano; Brian Link on bass; and Matt Ramsdell on drums and percussion. The Trio combines jazzy, country blues with Southern soul, led by Colin’s sultry vocals. They can also be found as the rhythm section for many other Portland bands. The Trio released Tightening the Wire in January 2016, the full-length followup to their Simple Sweet EP (2015). In 2014, named The Colin Trio one of Portland’s Top 10 Bands of the Year. Colin’s personal highlight was singing a duet on stage with New Orleans legend Dr. John. All three are originally from the South, and they currently live in Portland, OR.