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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