The Sundogs PLAY DEAD at Venkman’s 2/17
When 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.