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Sat, 6.23- The Sundogs’ Rock N Roll Spectacular at Vista Room

THE RAY OF LIGHT- JUNE 2018

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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May Ray of Light: The Haraway Brothers w/ Chris Stalcup, 5/12 at Southbound

May 12- The Haraway Brothers at Southbound w/ special guest Chris Stalcup

Haraway Bros Southbound Poster draft 1Last May 5 (Lee’s birthday!) we released “The Haraway Brothers Wish You Love & Luck in the World”, the most personal work of songs we’d ever released. And it worked! It sold and streamed well, we did a killer release show at Vista, got some nice mentions in the music rags (#20 on AAA’s best of 2017!) and helped us get into the 30A Songwriter’s Festival last January, the most fun week we’ve had playing music. We’d so rarely gotten to do the songwriter listening room shows—even our Vista release was a rocker—and the change of pace was a blast for us and the folks that kept showing up. So—to celebrate that anniversary, we’re going to do one of those shows here in the ATL.

On May 12 at Southbound (http://www.southboundatl.com/) in Atlanta, we’ll do an intimate show with only 55 tickets available and our great friend Chris Stalcup opening things up. Stories, jokes, tunes, the whole bit. We think you’ll love it. Doors open at 6:30–Southbound has killer food downstairs—and then Chris starts up at 6:30. We’ll do our thing at 7:30. Join us– here’s the record, sing along!

TICKETS HERE

Will on WSID Sid Mashburn Vinyl-Only Radio Show, Wed. 5/9, AM 1690, 5 PM

RadioWe’re getting stylish on Wednesday 5/9, as Will Haraway will be a guest on the Sid Mashburn Radio Hour (WSID), a vinyl-only radio show on Atlanta’s Voice of the Arts, AM 1690. The Sid Mashburn Radio Hour (WSID) airs during drive time, 5pm-6pm.

We love Sid’s store and his taste (one of his shirts is on the cover of “The Haraway Brothers Wish You Love & Luck in the World” ) so we’ll hang out and play records for an hour. Tune in on your way home from work.

View from Stage Left

  • 39456404310_6397d9e51dOur good friends from Blackberry Smoke released their best work, “Find a Light” earlier in the month, produced by Charlie Starr and….. Benji Shanks, w/ Tom Tapley engineering (and also producing, let’s be honest.) They did quite a bit of the work over at the fabulous Projector Room in Decatur, where we recorded ““The Haraway Brothers Wish You Love & Luck in the World.” They even had Robert Randolph play his pedal steel overdubs for “I’ll Keep Ramblin” in the same exact spot as Lee’s pedal steel (it’s the sweet spot in the room.) In addition to Mr. Randolph, The Wood Brothers sing as well on “Mother Mountain” and Amanda Shires sings on “Let Me Down Easy” (Benji adds dobro on that one too.) We’re just bursting with pride for all of these guys and I’m sure we aren’t the only ones. This changes daily, but the current favorite is “I’ve Got this Song.”
  • Image result for michael mcdermott out from underOne of the many cool things about that whole 30A Experience was meeting other   artists from across the country. At our Saturday gig at The Rep, Michael McDermott, from Chicago, played right after us as a duo with his wife Heather on fiddle. We all hit it off and we ended up staying for their whole set, which was excellent. He just put out his thirteenth (!) album, “Out from Under” last week, and y’all should check it out. My favorite is “Cal-Sag Road”, which is spooky as shit.
  • Thanks to everyone who bought or listened to the record in the last year. Hope to see ya on May 12.
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The Sundogs Play Dead at Venkman’s Feb. 17

The Sundogs PLAY DEAD at Venkman’s 2/17

posterCartoonWhen I was 16 and Lee was 14, our supercool older cousin Jay Wellons* bought us tapes for Christmas, notably the Grateful Dead’s Skull & Roses. It immediately blew our minds if only for the covers of Merle Haggard’s Mama Tried, which was one of our Dad’s goto songs on his acoustic, and Johnny B. Goode, made famous by the one and only Marty McFly. And that’s the way, isn’t it? It’s always that older brother, sister or cousin that turns you on to The Dead, like a secret that’s passed down, but only if you’re worthy.

On Saturday, Feb. 17 we’re going to do our part to pass it down even further, with The Sundogs Play Dead at Venkman’s, one of the coolest spots–and best restaurants– in our fair city where we’ll jam a long set of some of our favorite Dead tunes for you.

For the record, we love all the different Deads, including the Disco Dead set we did after the Haraway Brothers release show last summer. On 2/17, we’re hitting the crunchy, steel guitar, three-part harmony Dead.

Opening the show at 8:30 PM will be Redhead Diamond, treating you with an all-Linda Ronstadt set that we can’t wait to hear and see. The Sundogs Play Dead starts promptly at 9:30.

Get tickets here, and definitely plan to have dinner, because it rules.

*Jay is still the coolest, and completely underachieved to become a neurosurgeon. The staff plays Dead bootlegs for him during surgeries.

30A Songwriter’s Fest Recap

Luther!
I’m not sure we’ve ever had a better time playing music than at the 30A Songwriter’s Festival last month. We played four shows in four days, including two huge Sundogs Rock shows, the second of which our friends Luther Dickinson of North Mississippi Allstars (live link) and John Driskell Hopkins of Zac Brown Band were kind enough to join us  at AJ’s in Grayton.

Huge thanks to Russell Carter for having us, as well as our great friends Ed Jack and Tom King from Central Square Records for hosting our last show, a Sunday Haraway Brothers show where we played the new record with the Rev. Richard Proctor on drums and walked across the street afterwards to see Hayes Carll. Just too much damn fun- put it on your calendar and join us next year.

PLAY DEAD!

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Jan. Ray of Light- 30A Songwriters Festival, Release of Jon Harris’ Scorpio

30A Songwriters Festival- 1/11-15, Beaches of South Walton

30AWe can’t wait to hit the beach this week to play the 30A Songwriters Festival, joining some of our favorite players in music- Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, James McMurtry, Luther Dickinson, Hayes Carll, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Lilly Hiatt, our buddy Bradley Cole Smith and man, so many more.

We’re doing three different acts in three days….

Thursday, 1/11- The Sundogs @ AJ’s Grayton Beach, 10 PM
Friday, 1/12- The Sundogs present The Tom Petty Show @ AJ’s Grayton Beach, 11 PM
Saturday, 1/13, The Haraway Brothers featuring Jon Harris @ Seaside Meeting Hall Theatre

….and the rest of the time we’ll be seeing as many sets as possible. Hope to see y’all alongside us!

Jon Harris, SCORPIO- Now Available

Scorpio There’s no better way to kick off 2018 than with some new music from the family– Jon Harris’ new solo record, Scorpio. Scorpio is Jon’s third record and more than any other so far shows all the sides of his incredible talent– the Lowell George-influenced chops and vocals and the JJ Cale delivery drive these tunes, highlighted by the gorgeous title track that sounds something George Harrison would write.

You can buy it on iTunes and CD Baby and you can stream it everywhere, Apple Music, Spotify, Napster and YouTube, and you should, because it’s awesome. Scorpio was written by Jon, produced by Kevin Thomas and mixed by Kevin and Rin Vinson. Jon played the guitars/vocals, w/ Kevin on keys, Lee on steel/vocals, Ganesh Giri Jaya and Rin on drums, along with one tune w/ Will on bass/vocals, Greg Baba on drums and Mimi Thomas on vocals.

THANKS for The Petty!

More than 600 of you came to our two December Tom Petty shows, one of which happened on the night of a fairly insane surprise snowstorm. We can’t thank you enough. Y’all sang so damn pretty.

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