June Ray of Light: July 9 at Smith’s- The Sundogs’ Southern Rock Spectacular

7/9, Smith’s Olde Bar- The Southern Rock Spectacular w/ The Higher Choir

On Saturday, July 9, your favorite rockers The Sundogs will hold their second Southern Rock Spectacular at Smith’s Olde Bar in Hotlanta. Joining us are our good friends The Higher Choir, featuring the Bearded Messiah Chance Walls and our guitar slinging pal Grant Mitchell. And to balance out all the dudes, the evening will start with the lovely and talented Andrea Colburn Band.

We love putting bills like this together, rock n roll bands with swagger and attitude that just want to bring the fun on a hot summer night. Y’all come.
Get advance tickets because they’re cheaper, yo! And you can even get a VIP table for you and your friends, where Jon Harris will come over and play a solo right in your damn grill:
Doors at 8, Andrea starts at 9. Put it on your calendar and we’ll see you there!
6/30, The Steeldogs at JCT Kitchen

And here’s a little appetizer for the main course– Will, Lee and Will are playing a free show on Thursday 6/30, starting at 6ish PM on the JCT Kitchen porch. These are some fun shows to play, in one of the prettiest (for many reasons) atmospheres in Atlanta. We sing songs about sin and salvation, sad songs played happily.
Again, it’s FREE.
7/22-23, The Sundogs at Home Team BBQ in Charleston, SC

Later in July, why not take a road trip to the lovely burg of Charleston? See the sights, eat some oysters, catch a little rock n roll.
On Friday 7/22, we’ll set up at Home Team’s brand new Downtown location and do it up. On Saturday 7/23, we’ll cross the bridge and play Home Team’s Sullivan’s Island venue and do it all over again.
On both nights we’ll cover Tom Petty’s Wildflowers album in our first set. That’s right.
We’re staying downtown- check Hotels.com or whatever and join us. We’ll take you on a boozy bike tour. Really, we will.
View from Stage Left
There’s been so many incredible records since our last note to you, we think we’ll just rank ’em. Here’s our list of the best records of the first 6 months of 2016

1. The National & Various Artists- Day of the Dead: A masterpiece. Can’t get enough of it. 59 Grateful Dead Covers ‘curated’ by Aaron & Bryce Dessner of The National, with the most talented people in music doing their own take on these American classics. Wilco, The War on Drugs, Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis, Jim James, Hiss Golden Messenger, The Wood Brothers, Bruce Hornsby, Kurt Vile, The Lone Bellow, Charles Bradley, Lucinda Williams, The Walkmen,The Flaming Lips. I’ve listened to it nearly every day for a month. So many to choose from, but let’s go with New Speedway Boogie, by the great Aussie lass Courtney Barnett.
2. Fruit Bats- Absolute Loser: The only thing we knew about these guys was that Lee had a really cool Fruit Bats t-shirt. Now I know their music is as good as their apparel. Just check out ‘Birthday Drunk.’

3. Sturgill Simpson- A Sailor’s Guide to Earth: Elvis Lives! ‘Call to Arms!’
4. Mudcrutch- 2: Obviously, we’re big Tom Petty honks around here, admittedly. But the man just keeps getting better. He’s got no reason to put out a record this good, with his original band. He’s a treasure. There’s quite a few good ones, but we’ll go with ‘I Forgive it All.’
5. Wolfmother- Victorious: Nobody riffs like the Aussies! But we’ll go with this ballad, ‘Pretty Peggy’.
6. Hayes Carll- Lovers and Leavers: One of the best songwriters in America, and this is his best so far.‘The Magic Kid‘ is about his son, who’s a magician.
7. Band of Horses- Why Are You OK: They’ve turned the corner, they’re a bedrock in American music at this point. As they do so often, the best song on the album isn’t even by leader Ben Bridwell. It’s‘Country Teen’ by guitarist Tyler Ramsey.

8. Hard Working Americans- Rest in Chaos: Todd Snider has been carving out an impressive body of work, one song at a time, one show at a time- for years. Then he decides to form a band with Dave Schools, Neal Casal and Duane Trucks. The first, great album is all (great, well chosen) covers. Well this sucker is Todd Snider playing and writing TO this talented group. The result is dark and beautiful– here’s the title track, Ascending into Madness. 
9. Tedeschi Trucks Band- Let Me Get By: They just keep on rolling with another great record, played beautifully. The Title Track.
10. Wheeler Walker Jr.- Redneck Shit: It’s hilarious, vulgar as hell (NSFW, or home, or anywhere polite company congregates, really) but also as traditional as something Waylon or Hank would put out. Drop Em’ Out.
Live Shit:
The Rolling Stones- Totally Stripped: Live in Europe from maybe 10 years ago, and damn! Just in case you forgot- the best band in the world.
JJ Cale- In Session: I love the JJ studio records as much as anyone, but this is the best thing I’ve ever heard from the great JJ Cale.
– A very big thanks to our brother, friend and colleague Kelly Campbell, whom we worked with on the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. Tremendous shows celebrating our great city. Thanks dude.



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The March Ray of Light: Que & Brew, Smith’s, Venkman’s, JCT

Sunday, 3/20 at Sweetwater- The Sundogs Present The Tom Petty Show at “Que & Brew for a Cause”

Hello all you fine folks! Nice weather we’re having out there, eh? Perfect time to start up the ol’ rock machine for 2016!
On Sunday 3/20 at Sweetwater Brewery, The Sundogs will deliver their Tom Petty Show at “Que & Brew for a Cause” a fundraiser for Cynthia Montoya, a long-time Fox Bros. employee and current general manager, who was diagnosed with Stage II pancreatic cancer in 2015.
As followers of this space know, we usually only do our Tom Petty Show on an annual basis, but when our good friends the Fox Bros. and Beau Nolen call, we generally come runnin.
Event starts at 12:30 and our friends The Main Street Exiles, starring superstar Chris Cox as Mick Jagger, will kick off the day at 1 PMand we’ll take the stage at 2:30 PM with all your favorite Sundogs, including stonefaced world traveller Benji (Zenji) Shanks.
In addition to the music, admission gets you cold ass Sweetwaters and tastings from national pitmasters and local chefs including Kevin Rathburn, Ford Fry (we love ya Ford), Eddie Hernandez, Todd Mussman and OF COURSE Jonathan and Justin Fox. A silent auction will be held as well, featuring great items including a signed Falcons jersey, VIP tickets to the Shaky Knees Festival (MMJ, Huey Lewis), and passes to the 2016 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival.
Tickets are $30, go to a great cause and can be purchased here: https://www.xorbia.com/events/sweetwater/que–brew-for-a-cause/
Jon Harris Band at Smith’s Olde Bar, Saturday, 3/19

Jon brings his badass band back to Smith’s on Saturday, opening for our friend Glen Pridgen’s CD Release Party (Congrats Glen!) The Beggar’s Guild opens at 9, Jonnie Excitement plays at 10 PM. As you know, Jon’s solo shows are like a 70’s festival co-headlined by Eric Clapton and Little Feat held in the Delta.
Haraway Brothers at Venkman’s, Thursday 3/24

Will & Lee are trying out something new at Venkman’s, Pete & Nick’s old fourth ward hotspot next Thursday, a duo show called Haraway Brothers. For duo shows, the Haraway Brothers strip down their songs to the basest elements- story, melody, vocals and rhythm– featuring both their own songwriting along with influences that vary from Bruce Springsteen and Patterson Hood to Lionel Richie and Kenny Rogers. They play music that tells a story and is more than a little fun to drink along to. Guitar, Pedal Steel, Harp, Drums, Hollerin’, Balls.
We play at 7:15 so you can have some delicious dinner and then stick around for Yacht Rock Schooner, led by our buddy Ganesh Giri Yaya.
Steeldogs Trio at JCT Kitchen, Thursday 3/31
It’s officially Spring when the porch shows at JCT start, and we’ll be up there on Thursday 3/31 doing the pedal steel trio with Will Groth on the skins. It’s a FREE show and starts at 7 PM. Fun for the whole family, y’all!
View from Stage Left
– A lot of true believers received Grammys this year, so belated congrats to Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Dave Cobb (produced both guys), Alabama Shakes, Glen Campbell, Linda Ronstadt, Earth Wind & Fire, Run DMC, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Carter (the Prez!), Buddy Guy, The SteelDrivers and John Cage. If you didn’t watch the (pretty terrible) broadcast, here’s the full list of winners.

– Great records out so far this year include “Let Me Get By” by Tedeschi Trucks Band, “The Psychedelic Swamp” by Dr. Dog, “Redneck Shit” by Wheeler Walker Jr. (VERY NSFW), “Livin on a High Note” by Mavis Staples, “Victorious” (produced by Brendan Obrien, of course) by Wolfmother, “Hidden City” by The Cult (yes, The Cult), and “Lonely is a Lifetime” by the Wild Feathers.
– See y’all this weekend!


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August Ray of Light: Official Ford Fry Tour Starts This Weekend

The Official Ford Fry Tour- Optimist, Superica, JCT Kitchen

We’ve long enjoyed a partnership with Ford Fry’s great restaurants, but never have we played them all in succession until these next four weeks:
Saturday, 8/15- The Steeldogs @ The Optimist
Saturday, 8/22- Dyn-o-mite! @ Superica
Friday, 8/28- The Sundogs @ Superica
Sunday, 9/6- The Sundogs @ JCT Kitchen
Right? Steeldogs at Optimist this weekend on the patio, then some good times at Superica with Kevin Thomas’ Dyn-o-mite! and a FULL BAND Sundogs show and closing with a Labor Day tailgate party on the JCT Kitchen porch.
As always, these shows are free. We’ll play literally anything at any of these shows- come on feel the noise.
10/30 Halloween Spectacular at Smith’s Olde Bar

We’ve all seen the news. We’ve all heard the rumors. We’ll just say this– NEVER underestimate Dan Nolen. The Smith’s Olde Bar story has not been written, I can promise you that.
But hey– just in case, let’s do some celebrating of an Atlanta institution. We’re doing a Halloween Spectacular on Friday, Oct. 30, with all the trimmings. Covers, costumes, blood, sweat, tears. Mark those calendars!
View from Stage Left
– We were lucky enough to catch My Morning Jacket all weekend at The Fox, a band at the absolute peak of their powers and creativity. There’s no band like them, and Jim James/Yim Yames is a showman and artist of the first order. So many incredible moments, like this coda after Gideon, the last song from Friday night. And we’ll almost definitely be playing At Dawn at those Ford shows. God Bless Yoy Jim James, you incredible, awesome weirdo.
– The Jason Isbell takeover of America continued on Sunday, with this feature on CBS’ Sunday Morning. We’ve said enough- just proud at this point.
– Great records lately include an absolutely fantastic live album from Gregg Allman, “Back to Macon, GA“, Tame Impala’s “Currents“, Iron & Wine + Ben Bidwell’s “Sing into My Mouth“, Wolf Alice’s “My Love is Cool” and Heartless Bastards’ best one yet– “Restless One.”
– Finally, please consider joining us on Aug. 20 at our longtime friend and collaborator Adam Smith’s photography show “Mornin’ Ain’t Come Yet: A Look Into the Music and Landscape of the Deep South.” It’s be at Southbound in Chamblee, GA, and all the details are here. The one and only Cary Hudson will be the entertainment for the evening!
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Download the New EP “Cut & Run”

Cut & RunCut & Run by The Sundogs

The Cut & Run EP features all new original tunes written by Lee, Will and Jon, with support from all your favorite Sundogs, including world-traveling rock star Benji Shanks, who also produced three of the tracks with Vic Stafford. KT and Jon grabbed the controls on “..Heaven.” We recorded it at Southern Tracks, the same studios where the Black Crowes (Southern Harmony), Bruce Springsteen (Magic) and Pearl Jam (Backspacer–Jeff Ament was robbed there!) recorded some of their best works.

Here’s what a couple of nice folks have said about it:

Cut & Run is a five song EP that gives listeners more of what the band does best…Part of what makes the Sundogs’ music so enjoyable is how they work as one. By sharing time on lead, embracing backing vocals and switching instruments the band creates a cohesive sound built around jangly guitars, honest lyrics and great melodies . Cut & Run may only be 5 songs but it shows what the band is capable of. The songs offer up solid lyrics that will get listeners singing along as well as catchy melodies that are impossible not to enjoy.” — Chris Martin, Atlanta Examiner

“The Sundogs take another step forward with ‘Cut & Run’,with lyrics that cut right to the heart of life, honest stories and the positive outlook of the beauty of the comeback, theunderdog and coming out ahead. And the full integration of Jon Harris’ songwriting with the Haraway brothers evokes The Band, Wilco or Tom Petty– and I’d swear that ‘Ragged & Frayed’ is an Exile on Main Street outtake.” – Harry McNeil



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Upcoming Shows

Haraway Brothers  

Date City Venue Country
03/04/17 Atlanta, Ga Venkman’s United States
Time: 6:00pm. Address: 740 Ralph McGill. Venue phone: (470) 225-6162.

The Sundogs  

Date City Venue Country
03/25/17 Decatur, GA The Vista Room United States
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 2836 LaVista Rd. Venue phone: (404) 321-5000.

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