Friday: Harrisaway Brothers at Aisle 5, Dyn-o-mite at Smoke Ring

Harrisaway Brothers w/ Charley Crockett, Friday 6/21, Aisle 5 in L5P

Not a typo! WillJonWill & Jon are teaming up to open for Charley Crockett at Aisle 5 in Little 5  Points on Friday night. Charley is terrific, talented and has recorded one of our favorite Tom T. Hall songs, “That’s How I Got to Memphis.” So we’re excited.

We start at 9 PM and you can get tickets here:

Kevin Thomas’ Dyn-o-mite!, Friday at Smoke Ring 

Since we occasionally like to divide and Dynomite
conquer, KT is taking his funkyass Dyn-o-mite! Organ Trio over to Smoke Ring, located in Castleberry Hill, close to Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Dyn-O-Mite! Friday they’ll be backing up the great David Fisch, one of the baddest harmonica players you’ll ever see.

FischSmoke Ring has a great menu and the show is FREE. So eat dinner there, catch their set and then slide over to Little 5 for the HB’s. Boom, your evening is planned.

View from Stage Left

Sure was a bummer about Tombs from the Tombs, but you
can’t fight Mother Nature and you can’t muddy up a hallowed
gravesite either. Big thanks to Joel Grubb for booking us, we’ll be ready
for the next one.

Bruce Springsteen released his NINETEENTHBruce studio album on Friday- Western Stars, to these ears his best since Magic in 2007. The reason nerds like me will eternally ride for Bruuuuuce are yes, his always-beautiful melodies, but that he can still pull surprises by using lush strings and orchestral flourishes to make the record sound like it belongs in an epic western like All the Pretty Horses. The title track has all that and more.

Bruce3600And while we’re here, earlier this summer Bruce released the video of his entire performance at Jazz Fest 2006 with his Seeger Sessions Band. Lee and I (and Adam Smith) were at this show, held only eight months after Hurricane Katrina and it was the most emotional set of music I’ve ever seen and will likely ever see. Just take six minutes and watch “City of Ruins,” or if you really want to get spicy, “How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?

Long Live Bruce Springsteen. National Treasure.

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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
09/19/19 - 09/22/19 Red River, NM Red River Folk Festival United States
Time: 6:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Buy Tickets

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The Sundogs in Savannah and New Mexico– Atlanta Petty Show Tix on Sale

Fri 9/13- The Sundogs take the Petty Show to Savannah


If you’ve got any peoples in Savannah, tell them to get their collective ass to Victory North on Friday the 13th. It’s gonna rule- Junkyard Angel opens, featuring Stewart Marshall (from Stewart & Winfield) and all the details, including tickets, are right here. 

TICKETS ON SALE- 12/6, The Sundogs Present: The Tom Petty Show, Center Stage Atlanta

Tickets are on sale for the 9th annual Tom Petty Show, this year at Center Stage Atlanta on 12/6. Once again, the show is the day before the SEC Championship, so get your tickets and make it an epic weekend in the heart of the city:


Red River Folk Fest, 9/19


Will, KT and Bradley Cole Smith go West next week to represent the deep South at the Red River Folk Fest! James McMurtry and Bob Schneider headline. If you got peoples out there too, well, tell them to come on.

Other dates of note for your calendar:

9/26- The Sundogs @ Trader Vics, ATL
10/10- Kevin Thomas’ Dyn-o-mite!, Gypsy Rose, Roswell
10/11- Haraway Brothers @ Wire + Wood Festival, Alpharetta




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Aug ROL: The Sundogs- City Green Live in Sandy Springs, Fri. 8/2

Fri. 8/2, The Sundogs @ City Green Live, Sandy Springs

City Green LiveOn Friday, 8/2, The Sundogs will play a two set show at City Green Live, a beautiful outdoor stage and greenspace in downtown Sandy Springs. The show is free, just bring a blanket, etc., but they also have tables for sale if you’re interested.

Doors at 6:30, show at 7:30 and we’re going to throw all of our best and favorite songs at you for a couple hours. Come on feel the noise


Red River Folk Festival, Sept. 19-22, Red River, New Mexico

RRiverThere’s a NEW Mexico? Apparently! Will Haraway and KT will be representing The Sundogs family at the Red River Folk Festival, along with the great Bradley Cole Smith. We’ll play his sets and he’ll play ours and it will be a grand old time out in the Western Skies. We’ll be joining an all-time great and one of our absolute favorite songwriters in the history of the world, James McMurtry.

Some of y’all are making plans to join us and that’s great. Regardless, let your Western pals know about it and send some good vibes.

View from Stage Left

  • Jon WillJon and I had so much fun opening up for Charley Crockett last month at Aisle 5- thanks to Zero Mile for hooking that up. He’s got a new album “The Valley” coming out on 9/20 and there’s no doubt it will be terrific. Great sound and a fine gentleman.
  • Drivin_N_Cryin_3_Lisa_Mac.5d0a72e04c13eDrivin N’ Cryin released their 11th studio album last month “Live the Love Beautiful,” their first in 10 years, and it’s spectacular. It’s produced by Aaron Lee Tasjan, who used to play lead guitar for them, followed by Sadler Vaden (now of the 400 Unit) with the slot now more than capably filled by Laur Joamets whom you might remember from Sturgill Simpson’s band. We’ve seen them thrice this year and they have never been better. They tore up Center Stage last month and are out there rocking these songs somewhere right now. Go see em. Here’s Step by Step.
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June RoL- Haraway Brothers at Oakland Cemetery, Sat. June 8

June 8- Haraway Brothers at Oakland Cemetery, Tunes From The Tombs


First of all, hello! It’s been a minute! Where have we been? Well, we’ve been playing some private stuff here and there, and of course at home base Trader Vic’s, but we had to give our man Lee some time off for paternity leave. That’s right, there’s another Sunpuppy in the mix, Madeline Ann Haraway, born 2/1/19. In her short time on the earth, she’s been really productive, having already started a wicked three-piece power pop trio with Malone Shanks and Bowie Niespodziani. They’re called The Fugues and their debut album will be released in 2036.


ANYWAY. Our triumphant return to public rocking is at TUNES FROM THE TOMBS, at historic Oakland Cemetery on Saturday, June 8. The Haraway Brothers will close out the Larkin Underground Stage at 5 PM. One of our very favorite bands Futurebirds (also rocking the pedal steel), are the festival headliner, and several other cool bands like Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics and Mike Killeen are all on the bill bringing the fun.

Get your tickets here and make a day of it, we certainly will. Food trucks, kid-friendly, the whole deal. Happy Summer to us all.

View from Stage Left


  • There’s been SO MUCH, folks. But we’ll start with Hayes Carll. His “What it Is” album is his best ever, following his previous best ever “Lovers and Leavers.” There are so many ridiculously clever and wonderful songs like “Jesus and Elvis” and “Things You Don’t Want to Know” (co-write w/ Charlie Mars), but it’s “Wild Pointy Finger” and “Fragile Men” that take the cake here, two of the best political songs you’ll hear in these…challenging?….times. And he just got married the other day. Cheers to Hayes Carll!
  • Other great records—Josh Ritter’s “Fever Breaks
    (produced by Jason Isbell and downloadbacked by the 400 Unit), The National’s “I Am Easy to Find” (Gorgeous. Can’t stop listening to it.), Anderson Paak’s “Ventura”, Steve Gunn’s “The Unseen Inbetween”, The Felice Brothers’ “Undress”, SUSTO’s “Ever Since I Lost My Mind”, “White Denim’s “Side Effects”, Craig Finn’s “I Need a New War”, Kevin Morby’s “Oh My God”, Shovels & Rope’s “By Blood”, Jenny Lewis’ “On The Line” (she was fantastic at Variety), Michael McDermott’s “Orphans” and Steve Earle’s “Guy” (tribute to The Legend Guy Clark. Holy shit is this good.)
  • Shows! Saw Panic at 420 and Duane
    keeps giving those legends a jolt…
    Isbell jenny-lewis-live-2018-u-billboard-1548played before them for a killer set and then smoked some ZZ Top w/ WSP…nobody does what Jenny Lewis does, one-of-a-kind…our pals from Yacht Rock continue to amaze with their Stop Making Sense show, Nick (father of the very famous Bowie Niespodziani) deserves a medal for his effort and performance, and as much as we enjoy G Lee, we always love seeing Pete play the bass.
  • A more serious congrats to Lee, Benji and Nick for the birth of their children, and condolences to Erin Haraway for the passing of her father Russell Kelly, who once told a crowd of 200 people that I wrote Into the Mystic. God Bless You, Russ.
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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.


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.



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



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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