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

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:

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.


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:

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…

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

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:

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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

The Sundogs  

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08/02/19 Sandy Springs, GA City Green Live United States
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Sat, 6.23- The Sundogs’ Rock N Roll Spectacular at Vista Room


6.23- The Sundogs’ Rock N Roll Spectacular at Vista Room, w/ The Beggars’ Guild

VistaPoster-v2One of our favorite occasional shows, the ROCK N ROLL SPECTACULAR is the night for us to roll all of the rifftastic, fist pumping rock songs from our 17 years of rocking, along with some choice covers from the bands that have inspired us. We always invite some friends, and this year our buddies from The Beggars’ Guild will join us at one of our new favorite places, the beautiful Vista Room in the Oak Grove neighborhood of Decatur. It connects to Napoleon’s where you can get some great eats before the ROCK SHOW.

Get tickets here, and get em in advance because they’re cheaper that way and it’s easier for you (and us!) This is your fair warning, this night will be awesome. Don’t make us sic The Joker on you:

8:30- The Beggars’ Guild
9:30- The Sundogs’ Rock N Roll Spectacular

View from Stage Left

Charlie MarsCharlie Mars, “Beach Town”: I know I wrote this last month when talking about Michael McDermott, but one of the many cool things about 30A Songwriters was connecting with the other artists, especially our old buddy Charlie Mars. Charlie’s a Mississippian, and we’ve known him for 20 years, going back to when he got Matt Ulmer to quit Ole Miss and join the Charlie Mars Band. Later, after that band called it quits, Matt- along with Charlie’s drummer Andrew Hanmer, ended up joining up with us for two albums, as you may know. Charlie became a solo artist, and financed his first solo record after winning $26K in Biloxi (or Tunica? Can’t recall– true story though) which jump started a career that’s taken him all kinds of cool places.We ran into him at the artist party at 30A, caught one of his shows and he was flat-out amazing. Funny (check out Dream Kitchen) and self deprecating, he had a room of 300 hanging on every note and joke. In April, he put out his best record yet, Beach Town, and he’ll be playing Eddie’s Attic on Thursday night 6/14. Join us, we’ll be there cheering him on.

Scott1-e1511994190193RIP, Scott Hutchison, Frightened Rabbit: Scott was the lead singer and songwriter for Frightened Rabbit, a very cool band from Scotland that we started listening to a few years ago. Scott took his own life last month after a lifelong struggle with depression, and his willingness to share his open, raw pain is sadly- tragically- part of what made his songs so relatable to so many people. His last message to the world was “Be so good to everyone you love….Please, hug your loved ones.” Here’s his elegy, “Floating in the Forth,” from their great album Midnight Organ Fight. I’m not alone in wishing he was still here making music and hugging his loved ones. RIP, Scott.

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