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 ( 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!


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.

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  • 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

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.


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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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The Dec. Ray of Light Pt.2: ENCORE Tom Petty Show, Vista Room, 12/22

ENCORE Tom Petty Show- Friday 12/22, Vista Room

This being a special year with Tom’s passing, we’re doing something special as well– a second holiday Tom Petty Show over at the BEAUTIFUL Vista Room in Decatur.

We had a blast at Smith’s, which y’all were kind enough to sell out and fill the room despite the surprise southern snowstorm! Badass. If you were one of the folks that bought tickets but the weather derailed your plans, please reply back to this email and we’ll get you a discount to Friday’s show. And if you just want to come see the show again, bring it! It’ll be a different set list with different B-Sides and rarities.

If you haven’t been to the Vista Room, well, it’s one of our favorites with the hardwood floors and the chandeliers and everythang. Classy! We released “The Haraway Brothers Wish You Love & Luck in the World” there this June and Jon blew the room off the place with his band in late July.

Doors are at 7 PM and speaking of Jon, the Jon Harris Band will open the show with some of us backing him sharply at 8 with a short set, followed by The Tom Petty Show at 9 PM.

Get your tickets here because they’re cheaper in advance, yo.


Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukkah! See ya there.

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We love the December issue because we get to subjectively rank our favorite records of this year. The ranking is stupid, really, because who cares? The point is these are some killer records and you should stream them, and if you like them, which you will– buy them on Vinyl so you have them forever and get to see who played on them and shit. It’s fun! We swear. Here’s our top 19, in the honor of Chuck Smalling, All-American:

  1. The War on Drugs, A Deeper Understanding: wodBeyond the epic songs like “Holding On” and the amazing “Strangest Thing”, this record is so sonically pure- it sounds amazing. And they killed at The Tabernacle.
  2. Blitzen Trapper, Wild and Reckless: downloadThey sound like Springsteen on this album, which apparently is also a rock opera, which I would love to see. “Joanna” is a masterclass in storytelling.
  3. Jason Isbell, The Nashville Sound: The one where he takes over the world (he’s writing songs for Bradley Cooper movies now.) Jason is on top of his game and this one rocks way harder with “Cumberland Gap,” “Anxiety” and the defiantly positive “Hope the High Road” than the last couple classics. We need more defiant positivity these days, people.
  4. Hiss Golden Messenger, Hallelujah Anyhow: 10_700_700_605_hiss_hallelujah_900Speaking of defiant positivity…this is a wonderful record and everything (“Domino!”, but the thing I want to tell you is that Mike Taylor gave me and my girls free tickets to see them at Music Midtown because kids under 14 weren’t allowed, and my girls are actual Hiss fans. I took my 10 year old to meet Mike and Phil afterwareds and they made her year with their attentive politeness, legitimate interest (and candy.) The world is a great place and there are nice people in it.
  5. Tyler Childers, Purgatory: Produced by Sturgill Simpson! “Well my buckle makes impressions on the inside of her thigh, there are little feathered Indians, where we tussle through the night” is my favorite line of 2017.
  6. Tedeschi Trucks Band, Live from Oakland: The living embodiment of ‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen’ every damn night, without the rampant substance abuse. They’re the best band around, everyone knows it, and this record is proof.
  7. Ryan Adams, Prisoner: The Divorce Record. Sounds a lot like ‘Tunnel of Love,’ my favorite Springsteen record, also a Divorce Record. You will not here these tunes on an episode of ‘This is Us’.
  8. Liam Gallagher, As You Were: 600x600bfI mean– I’m as surprised as you are. Never in a million years would you think that Liam could put out a better solo record than Noel, but here we are. The voice is back, the dumb lyrics, the cribbed Beatles and Stones lines, it’s all here, and it’s GLORIOUS. Put on “I’ve All I Need” and turn that shit up. Also, he’s fucking hilarious. Never change, Gallaghers.
  9. LCD Soundsystem, American Dream: Thank God they’re back, they never should have stopped in the first place. Dreamy dance music and this time James Murphy actually has something to say beyond how awesome/disappointing New York is or isn’t.
  10. Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett, Lotta Sea Lice: They’re kinda like a brother and sister act from across the continents. Fun, unpretentious music, unlike the next one….
  11. Arcade Fire, Everything Now: Man, I HATED this when it first came out. Like, a weird, angry reaction. But then I watched their live set at Lollapalooza after it came out, and yeah, you remember what an absolute incredible band AF truly is. Their performance of the title track on Colbert is one of the best things I’ve seen a band do on TV.
  12. Son Volt, Notes of Blue: A career rebirth for Jay Farrar, not only with this great recording, but live, where he’s finally playing EVERYTHING and tossing in Stones covers at the end. Yeah!
  13. Wood Brothers, Live from the Barn: I know Oliver lives in Nashville now, but this is Atlanta’s Greatest Band. He was hippie Jesus at the Fox with the Tedeschi’s this summer, singing so purty with Susan.
  14. Craig Finn, Clear Heart, Full Eyes: The Hold Steady frontman puts out his best solo effort so far, “God in Chicago” is like a little movie song.
  15. Willie Nelson, God’s Problem Child:  Willie_Nelson_-_God's_Problem_ChildAnother beauty in his decade-long hot streak. ‘He Won’t Ever Be Gone’ is about his buddy Merle. On their last one together they wrote a song about their buddy Cash. Point is, can we get round the clock surveillance on Willie please? Just couldn’t take it.
  16. Father John Misty, Pure Comedy: Lush, intricate, funny and a little depressing (in a good way?) Recently discovered that the guys from Everest are his backing band, which makes sense because they rule.
  17. Lilly Hiatt, Trinity Lane: John Hiatt’s daughter! This is an outstanding listen, with great production from Michael Trent of Shovels & Rope.
  18. Manchester Orchestra, A Black Mile to the Surface: Atlanta’s unsung heroes roll out another solid set of loud quiet loud burners from leader Andy Hull.
  19. Japandroids, Near to the Wild Heart of Life: The album ROCKS. Particularly ‘Arc of Bar’ and ‘In a Body Like a Grave.’
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December Ray of Light: 12/8- Smith’s Olde Bar, Celebrating the Life & Music of Tom Petty

I was on a plane when the idea of the Tom Petty Show came into focus. We had recently reconnected with Kevin Thomas after he moved back from the Caribbean, and Benji was at that point regularly with us when he wasn’t booked with rock stars and all of the sudden we had this huge, flexible sound—and with KT’s keyboards, we could take on Petty. It made sense, those were always the kinds of songs we looked to write: short, punchy, melodic, with a big chorus and a ripping guitar head. We already knew had at least 10 of his tunes in rotation that we never got tired of playing and most of all, it was an easy sell—EVERYBODY loves Tom Petty.

Sundogs-TomPetty_webadAnd if there’s one great thing that’s come out in the last 8 weeks since his sudden death, it’s been evident just how much the man was and is beloved. He’s one of the very few musicians that spanned several generations—the seventies Damn the Torpedoes era, the eighties Full Moon Fever peak and the nineties Wildflowers rebirth. That’s not even counting the post-2000 elder statesman phase when his Greatest Hits became one of the best-selling records in music history, he reformed Mudcrutch for two amazing records and hit #1 on the Billboard Charts with his last Heartbreakers album. He never rested on his laurels, always tried to get better, always chasing the next song. Indeed, he died one week after arguably his best and most triumphant tour. (The Atlanta show was certainly amazing.)

We always look forward to the Petty Show of course, because it’s so fun to revisit these songs and the crowd is always game to sing with us all night—we love it. Obviously, this year is different. Speaking for myself, I’ve been waiting for this show since Oct. 6. I need it. We need it. He’s been the musical compass for most of us since the first time we saw him playing “Won’t Back Down” with fucking RINGO and GEORGE backing him on MTV. Speaking for the Haraway boys who grew up on Beatles records, that was about all we needed to see. For someone I never met, it’s amazing how much I miss him. We hope that with this show we can do our small part in keeping his songs, his DRIVE and his spirit alive, not only for ourselves but hopefully for you as well. Rest in peace TP—we love you.

We’ll be opening for ourselves with a short Haraway Brothers set. We’d love it if you sang along with those tunes too. Tickets are running out, you should get them here. 

Friday, Dec. 8, Smith’s Olde Bar
Doors at 8

9:00 PM—The Haraway Brothers

10:00 PM- The Tom Petty Show


Tom-Petty-Spotlight-1052x592-1024x576There are so many records and shows to discuss, but we’re going to save that for a Dec. Ray of Light Part Two that will come next week. This being Petty Week, we’re going to focus on him. So here’s a completely unscientific and totally subjective ranking of Tom Petty’s studio albums:

  1. Full Moon Fever: Petty at his peak- three #1 hits. Six Top 10s. Even the Byrds cover hit #18!
  2. Damn the Torpedoes: Cemented the legend for Petty and Jimmy Iovine. The lawsuit record that made them superstars.
  3. Wildflowers: The rebirth with Rick Rubin, nobody saw this one coming, an absolute masterpiece. (A personal favorite.) Several ‘perfect’ songs.
  4. Hard Promises: The Waiting, Insider and Something Big, which Widespread Panic should cover.
  5. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: His first effort yielded American Girl and Breakdown, only two of the best rock songs ever written. Fooled Again is a cool B-Side on here, so much attitude.
  6. Echo: The one we’ve listened to the most since his death. Tom himself didn’t like this one, because he was depressed when they made it, and sure, it’s plenty sad, especially Room at the Top. But it’s top to bottom beautiful. He went down Swingin’.
  7. Mudcrutch 1: The fact that the two Mudcrutch records exist is an amazing story. The fact that they’re great records is a miracle. Scare Easy is the second best “I’m a Dangerous Badass” song he wrote, behind Won’t Back Down, of course.
  8. Into the Great Wide Open: Still peaking after Full Moon. Great hits, but Out in the Cold is the gem.
  9. Highway Companion: Campbell’s solo on Square One, and Down South, the best song ever written about the South, besides Southern Accents, which is better than Dixie.
  10. Mudcrutch 2: This ended up being his last album. What a way to go out, with a song like “I Forgive it All.” My goodness.
  11. Southern Accents: Kinda weird sound, but still has the aformentioned title track and the mind-bending Don’t Come Around Here No More, a triumphant left turn if there ever was one, and his revenge on Iovine for stealing Stop Draggin’ for his girlfriend. We once recorded Rebels and sent it to Ole Miss’ assistant athletic director. Just play it before the 4th quarter, Michael– this ain’t rocket science.
  12. She’s the One Soundtrack: An odd listen just because of the little movie things in there, but has the gorgeous Walls, California and Angel Dream along with the killer Lucinda Williams and Beck covers.
  13. The Last DJ: Have Love Will Travel and Dreamville are among his prettiest songs.
  14. Hypnotic Eye: U Get Me High grooves like a mother and Campbell plays his ass off on this record.
  15. Mojo: Their “JJ Cale” record of blues jams. On their last tour, the Zeppelin-esque I Should’ve Known It was slotted right before Refugee to close the main set.
  16. Long After Dark: Has You Got Lucky and Straight Into Darkness, another of his perfect tunes.
  17. You’re Gonna Get It: The second album where they almost figured it out, with Listen to Her Heart as the evidence.
  18. Let Me Up I’ve Had Enough: They did this one after backing up Dylan for a year and you can hear it on Jammin Me and It’ll All Work Out.
  19. Nobody’s Children: Outtakes and unreleased stuff– check out Ways to Be Wicked. He sure could sing, couldn’t he?

You can stream all of these. Please do. Hope you find some new favorites in there.

See you Friday!

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