Jan. Shows: 1/4- GA Theatre, 1/10- Eddie’s Attic, 1/17- 30A

Friday, 1/4- Georgia Theatre, Athens: The Sundogs Present The Tom Petty Show

Balcony Avery Merry Christmas to y’all and hope our Jewish pals had a Happy Hanukkah. We closed out 2018 with a party at Terminal West and are starting 2019 with a BANG- bringing our Tom Petty Show to the historic Georgia Theatre in Athens on Friday, 1/4.

Our new friend N1KI, a.k.a. Niki Neiconi opens the show at 8:30 PM and we bring the Petty at 10.

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THURSDAY, 1/10- EDDIE’s ATTIC, DEcATUr: The haraway Brothers w/ chris stalcup

Stalcup HB Less than a week later The Haraway Brothers will play a very special show with one of our very favorite songwriters, Chris Stalcup, at one of our very favorite places, Eddie’s Attic.

We’ll be trading songs and telling stories and having a goood ol’ time. You will too.

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30A songwriters festival, jan. 17-10, 30A, florida

One week after that we’ll return to the scene of the most fun music festival we’ve ever been a part of- 30A Songwriter’s Fest down in Seaside/Rosemary/Alys Beach/etc., Florida.

30A The Sundogs and The Haraway Brothers will be doing shows the whole weekend, and we’ll let you know when and where as soon as they tell us. What we can tell you is who else is on the bill: Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, Steve Earle, Hayes Carll, Drivin n’ Cryin, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Lucy Dacus, Gregory Alan Isakov, Amanda Shires, and our friends Michael McDermott, Charlie Mars and Bradley Cole Smith and my goodness so many more great artists. Yeah!

Tickets are sold out, but you’re a resourceful group– hope to see you down there.

The Best Records of 2018

Longtime readers of the Ray of Light know that it’s a tradition for me, Will, to list my favorite records over the calendar year. It’s a completely subjective list! If you disagree, feel free to make your own damn list. I’m sure I missed some but these are all great. Enjoy!

  1. wild pink Wild Pink- Yolk in the Fur: I’ve been obsessed with this record for months due to its unique pedal steel with synthesizers sound and dramatic songs. Especially the gorgeous Lake Eerie, which I’ve been singing for 6 months nonstop.
  2. Tweedy-Final-1-lower-resJeff Tweedy- Warm: A common complaint of Wilco is that no matter how good the songs are, Tweedy’s lyrics don’t let you in to his heart and mind. That ends with Warm, where he bares his soul in every song, love letters to his wife and sons, life, death and recovery. It’s beautiful in every way– check out Having Been is No Way to Be
  3. Kurt Vile- Bottle it In:  We saw Kurt at Variety a couple of weeks ago and have never seen/heard anyone shred leads on an acoustic the way he does. Shreds. I like Check Baby. 
  4. 1226_kasey-rustonkRuston Kelly- Dying Star: That’s right, we’re putting Mr. Musgraves’ record ahead of his wife’s also great record. It popped up as one of those listening suggestions and I’ve loved it ever since because of its clever drunken and druggy tunes bouyed by his father’s pedal steel and Kacey’s harmonies. Faceplant cracks me up every single time.
  5. Courtney Barnett- Tell Me How You Really Feel: She’s the only artist that’s come along since that legitimately reminds you of Kurt Cobain, right down to the lefthanded Fender Jaguar. City Looks Pretty is Live from Piedmont Park right here.
  6. Father John Misty- God’s Favorite Customer: Glad he’s back writing fast tunes. There’s a lot of darkness and light here, as well as his usual funny on songs like Mr. Tillman.
  7. 71RKbi9-0ZL._SY355_Phil Cook/Scott Hirsch/Dead Tongues: Hiss Golden Messenger didn’t put out a record this year, but three of its members took the reins just fine. Phil Cook’s “People are My Drug” is like a recorded Gospel Brunch. Scott Hirsch’s “Lost Time Behind the Moon” continues his beautiful JJ Cale exploration and The Dead Tongues, a.k.a. Ryan Gustafson’s “Unsung Passage” is one of the prettiest folk records you’ll ever hear. Yet another reason why Hiss is my favorite band.
  8. BenLucero- Among the Ghosts: Speaking of favorite bands– somehow, Lucero gets better with every release. Ben’s acoustic show for our buddy Adam Smith’s photography show was one of my favorites all year. We’re partial to To My Dearest Wife.
  9. leon Leon Bridges- Good Thing: Just when people started getting into his retro sound, he changed it for the better. I love that. Beyond is a great example, but if you really want to see how good this guy is, listen to his cover of Unknown Legend from the Tonight Show’s Cover Room (hat tip to Kelly Campbell.)
  10. sm Soccer Mommy- Clean: Fat Possum strikes again. Sophie Allen shows that it’s not all country coming out of Nashville these days. Big fan of Your Dog.
  11. Anderson Paak- Oxnard: Did y’all see this dude rocking the drums and singing Tints on SNL? Holy Shit. Thanks to my nephews Connor and Colin for their young ears.
  12. tree-of-fogiveness-cover John Prine- Tree of Forgiveness: I have purchased this record twice for others this year and was rewarded by getting it as a gift myself last week. Our Dad’s favorite songwriter. God Only Knows and When I Get to Heaven close this record down with a tear and a smile.
  13. bbsPony League- Picture of Your Family: Those that saw them open our Terminal West show saw how wonderful and talented these guys are. We’d connected through our shared love of Rick Ankiel, and it was such a treat to hear these songs live. They closed with, and killed, the Run of Your Life. 
  14. Blackberry Smoke- Find a Light: An Atlanta success story, and our own Benji Shanks had a major hand in the sound of this record, my favorite they’ve done. I’ve Got This Song is Charlie Starr at his best.
  15. charlieCharlie Mars- Beach Town: We reconnected with our old Mississippi pal Charlie down at 30A last year and marveled at the way he commanded a room of 200+, mostly with these brand new (at the time) songs. He’s come so far- nobody sounds like Charlie, and that’s a hard thing to achieve. The title track is a great example of that.
  16. cestlavie Phosphorescent- C’est La Vie: Matthew Houck’s NINTH album, the first from his new home studio in Nashville. Hard to beat the single, New Birth in New England.
  17. Kacey Musgraves- Golden Hour: Kacey dials down the country and lets her freak flag fly on this one and is poised to win a boatload of Grammys for her trouble. A triumph for women in country and the benefits of 14433396_web1_boygenius-sea-181121staying true to yourself. Slow Burn proves once again that a simple song with a great melody should be the goal.
  18. Pinegrove- Skylight: We wore out Cardinal when these guys debuted, and this one might be better. Rings leads it off perfectly.
  19. Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus- mm-ofu-3000x3000-coverBoygenius: A folky supergoup? Always on board for that. Their voices are perfect, particularly on Phoebe Bridgers’ Me and My Dog.
  20. Michael McDermott- Out From Under: speaking of 30A, we played a show right before Michael and his wife Heather Horton and we all kinda bonded afterwards. We listened to all his stuff on the way home and then this came out a couple months later, which seems among his very best. Cal-Sag Road takes a dark turn that you won’t expect.
  21. Death Cab for Cutie- Thank You For Today: OF COURSE they’ve still got it. Blink and they’ll be in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame (such as it is) for songs as striking as 60 & Punk

 

THANK YOU

Fish eye We had a lot to cover in this issue but we certainly want to say thanks for coming to the shows, buying tickets, buying the records (we reinvest everything back into the band just sos you know) and even just reading these emails. Thank You from the bottom of our hearts. Sincerely, Will, Lee, Jon, Kevin, Kevin, Benji, Will, Avery and Martha.

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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  

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06/08/19 Atlanta Oakland Cemetery United States
Time: 7:00pm.

The Sundogs  

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03/24/19 Atlanta, GA Songs for Kids Food + Music Festival United States
Time: 3:00pm. Address: Piedmont Park. Venue phone: 4045938320.
04/25/19 Atlanta, GA Trader Vic’s United States
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 255 Courtland St NE. Venue phone: 404-221-6339.
06/01/19 Atlanta, Ga Venkman’s United States
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 740 Ralph McGill. Venue phone: (470) 225-6162.

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11/30- The Sundogs’ Tom Petty Show, Terminal West- Tickets

THIS friDAY: THE TOM PETTY SHOW, 11/30 AT TERMINAL WEST, W/ SPECIAL GUESTS PONY LEAGUE

Sundogs-TPS18_webad4This Friday Night is The Sundogs’ annual Tom Petty Show at fabulous Terminal West, located just West of downtown Atlanta in the King Plow Arts Center. Last chance to get the cheap tickets— they’re only $13 in advance. Send to your Dog and Elephant pals coming in for the SEC Champ, or just buy them tix because you’re a good friend. They’re lost downtown and looking for something to do!

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Pony League opens the show at 9 PM.

If you haven’t been to the show, it’s a marathon set of songs celebrating the life and music of Tom Petty. Hits, B-Sides, Rarities. All of it. No wigs (ahem.)

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The Sundogs’ Tom Petty Show, 11/30 Terminal West

The Sundogs Present: The Tom Petty Show, 11/30 at Terminal West, w/ special guests Pony League

Sundogs-TPS18_webad4In just one month, we- The Sundogs- will play our annual Tom Petty Show, this time at  the  beautiful and fabulous Terminal West, located just West of downtown Atlanta in the King Plow Arts Center. My goodness it’s a great place to see (and play!) a show. Get your tickets now. Like right now. Buy one for a friend, or two– they’re only $13 in advance. Why is that? Because we want to pack that sucker.

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Our new friends Pony League will open the show, and you can be sure we’ll have an array of special guests during our annual marathon set of songs celebrating the life and music of Tom Petty. It’s one of the best nights of the year, tell all your friends and bring it on.

Straight into Darkness

Straight Into DarknessWe first met Megan Volpert at an American Treasure advance listening party, where her passionate praise of “Straight Into Darkness” immediately inspired us to add it to the setlist. She’s written an entire book about it, which you can find for sale at our 11/30 show with Megan herself autographing them at the table. You can listen to the book’s intro here: http://www.meganvolpert.com/straightintodarkness.html. Megan is a true fan and a smart lady–and has another book coming out this winter: Tom Petty and Philosophy.

View From Stage Left

– More cool shows in December- the legendary White Animals will be playing the very next night on 12/1 at Smith’s Olde Bar and on 12/8, Doublewide, led by our buddy Bradley Cole Smith will also be rocking at Smith’s. The Doublewide show will be opened by Singlewide, featuring some players you may recognize.

Great stuff– Thanks to Russell Carter for having us up at the Wire & Wood Festival in October in downtown Alpharetta- here’s a cool shot of KT playing Robert Randolph’s Hammond/Leslie rig, and of course the hat Jon stole from Robbie Robertson.

BJL– Longtime readers may recall that the last time we played at Terminal West, we opened up for Black Joe Lewis and it was fabulous. His horn section joined us for Modern Day Miracle and Joe’s guitar broke during his set and he had to borrow Lee’s Tele because he didn’t have a backup. The following Spring I booked him to play Belly Up in Aspen (long story) and that same guitar broke again and he had to borrow a Strat from the sound man. I implored he and his bandmates to get rid of that thing and get him a Telecaster. As you can see from the album cover of their latest wonderful album, “The Difference Between Me and You,” he still has not done so. But hey- he sure sounds great on it! This is the best Hill Country Blues Record anyone’s released since R.L. Burnside died. Check out his great video for “Girls on Bikes,” featuring Joe being chased through the streets of Austin by, you guessed it- girls on bikes.

greta van fleet_peaceful army– In addition to Joe, some other great releases this month include Greta Van Fleet’s  “Anthem of the Peaceful Valley” (eat shit, Pitchfork, it’s good and fun), Gregory Alan Isakov’s “Evening Machines”, Pinegrove’s “Skylight” and of course Jason Isbell’s “Live from the Ryman.” In addition to that triumph, Jason wrote “Maybe it’s Time” from the blockbuster movie “Star is Born”, sung by Bradley Cooper. My goodness what a roll that man is on….

– See you at Terminal West!

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Aug. Ray of Light: Haraway Brothers at Big Tex 9/7, 11/30 Tom Petty Show Tickets

The Haraway Brothers, 9/7 @ Big Tex, Decatur, GA

There’s a glorious night coming next Friday, as the Haraway Brothers will play a Free show at Big Tex on the Decatur Square. It’s Will’s Birthday Party (no presents, though he enjoys tequila and vinyl records.) We’ll start about 8:30 so come enjoy some food and we’ll give you a badass night of music at one of our favorite spots. Go ahead and prep by listening to “The Haraway Brothers Wish You Love & Luck in the World” so you’re ready for action.cover-jpeg

GET YOUR TICKETS- The Sundogs Present: The Tom Petty Show, 11/30- Terminal West, w Special Guests Pony League

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Look, you know you’re going. You’re definitely going, so just go ahead and buy the tickets.1. It’s cheaper 2. It helps us, because venues love that shit. So just do it– here’s the link:

https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1743153?utm_medium=bks

Boom- so easy.  With that shameless coercion out of the way, we are extremely excited to announce our special guests for the evening, Pony League from Atlanta. Such a badass band, please check out their 2018 record, “A Picture of Your Family” because it’s wonderful. They have a song about Rick Ankiel– a legitimate American Hero, for God’s sake.

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View from Stage Left

  • BenWe were very proud of our buddy Adam Smith for his photography show last Friday at City Winery, where he sold all kinds of prints and then we enjoyed a sold-out show from Cedric Burnside and the one-and-only Ben Nichols, both of whom are featured prominently in Adam’s work. You can still buy one from him.
  • luceroBen played a number of songs from Lucero’s incredible new album, “Among the Ghosts,” released just two weeks ago. We talk a lot about Lucero in this space, as we saw one of their very first shows at Young Ave. Deli in Memphis and have loved them ever since, and we’ll do it again because this latest album is among their very best. Ben is a new father and you can hear it in songs like “To My Dearest Wife,” perhaps the finest song he’s written. They’re at Terminal West on 9/20-21, do yourself a favor!
  • We were very lucky to catch the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Wheels of Soul Tour for the second year in a row, this year with Drive-By Truckers and Marcus King as featured guests. This right here was my favorite moment, “Everybody Needs Love” with Susan, Derek and the TTB singers, with Patterson’s Dad David Hood on bass. If you want to get real specific, my favorite moment is at 5:35. Holy Shit that’s as good as my memories. Best band in the world.
  • wild pinkMan, so much good music lately– we’re hooked on Wild Pink’s “Yolk in the Fur,” the new Death Cab for Cutie record “Thank You For Today“, White Denim’s “Performance” and “Golden Age” from Houndmouth.
  • YRRFinally, congrats to our friends from Yacht Rock Revue, who sold out Chastain Park last Saturday. Still an amazing story, and speaking of which, here’s a great and hilarious story on them in Atlanta Magazine that is still making #YachtRock Twitter (it’s a thing) super mad. Keep it smooth, fellas.
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Just Announced: The Sundogs Present: The Tom Petty Show @Terminal West 11/30

The Sundogs Present: The Tom Petty Show @ Terminal West 11/30/18

This year marks the 10th year we’ve played our annual Tom Petty Show, so it really oughta be special, right? Well this year it’s moving to the fabulous Terminal West, and tickets go onsale tomorrow, Friday 8/10 at 10am.

whoaYou know you’re going, and we made the tickets really cheap in advance, so hey– why not go ahead and buy ’em? Buy one for a friend, make a night of it people. Need the link? Here’s the link: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1743153?utm_medium=bks

More details to come, but simply put, Terminal West is our favorite venue in Atlanta to see a show, the last time we played there was an epic night with Black Joe Lewis (we borrowed his horn section, and Joe borrowed Lee’s guitar) and we could not be more excited.

1238182_10151565002936436_1652515991_nOne thing we can promise all of you right now– this will be a very special show.

Need that link again? Oh here you go…  https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1743153?utm_medium=bks

Jon Harris Band, Smoke Ring BBQ, 8/17/18

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Have y’all checked out Smoke Ring in Castleberry Hills? It’s right by Elliot Street Pub and a stones throw from Mercedes Benz Stadium where the soon-to-be MLS Champion Atlanta United play. In recent weeks our family of bands has christened the Smoke Ring, with Dyn-O-Mite! playing in July and Bradley Cole Smith just last Friday.

Well next Friday, August 17, it’s Jon Harris Band’s turn. It’s a free show, and it starts at 8 PM. Amazing food, great vibe. Come check it out.

The Haraway Brothers, Big Tex, 9/7/18

Haraway_Bros_7933resizedCome celebrate Will’s birthday with the fun people at another Free Show. More on this in the August Ray of Light, coming soon….

Need that link again? No problem: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1743153?utm_medium=bks

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