Hogan said the idea that she would ask the likes of Vic Chestnut, The Magnetic Fields, John Wesley Harding, Robbie Fulks, Gabriel Roth, M. Ward and Andrew Bird to write a song for her was daunting.
"It took some nerve - and some gin, vermouth and olives," she joked. "And especially before I asked Vic Chestnut - that took an extra martini."
"It was scary for me to write the request," she acknowledged. "The whole thing was a big leap of faith."
But you know what? Sometimes what goes around, comes around - in a good way. Musicians started saying yes, and yes, and yes. Sometimes she got lyrics and sent them off to someone else for music.
The process began in March 2009 and by April 2011 Hogan had more than enough material to head to the studio to begin recording.
"It was such an honor. Everybody said yes and I got way more songs than I could put on one record."
Again, she faced a daunting task, Hogan said. She wanted a finished product that reflected her very best work and that would do justice to the hard work by songwriters. With resources of Anti Records, she said she was able to invest properly in a band and was given the time to get it exactly how she wanted it.
"We purposely sent skeletal demos to the rest of the band because we wanted to hear what they would bring to the table," she said. "I was the captain of the ship, and that was both daunting and an honor. I'm a Capricorn - we're bossy."
The result is "I Like To Keep Myself in Pain," released this past June.
Expect to hear material from the project Sunday during Hogan's set at Mountain Stage. It's not her first visit to the show, but it is her first time headlining her own act.
Next up, Hogan wants to turn to the songs that didn't fit on this project.
"I have to can the rest of my peaches," she said.