The Hill Dogs are big-hearted, fire-breathing folk rockers. Rich lyrics, soaked in beautiful harmonies are kept afloat by fantastic instrumentation. The group hails from Oregon. Taylor Kingman is the lead vocalist and guitarist; Lucas Benoit is the rhythm guitarist; Rowan Cobb is the bassist; Kayla Stroik is the violist, Ricky Rohr is the drummer, and Doug Lloyd is the percussionist.
"The Hill Dogs have been serving up their own unique blend of Folk Rock since forming in Newberg, Oregon in late 2010. Take the earthy, yet post-modernly literate musings of bandleader, chief songwriter, and lead singer Taylor Kingman, marry them to his nimbly finger-picked folk melodies, and surround that with the orchestral majesty of Kayla Stroik's viola lines and figures, Lucas Benoit's ringing acoustic guitar voicings, Ricky Rohr's rock-solid drumming, the flat-wound funk of bassist-extraordinaire Rowan Cobb, and the world-beat buoyancy of Doug Lloyd's djembe. Then pepper them liberally with gang-harmony vocal parts, and combine that in unique arrangements featuring tasty solos sprinkled here and there, comprised of bits and pieces of blues, jazz, country, punk, funk, lunk, bunk, and junk in the trunk, and you have a recipe for the main ingredients that comprise the musical stew that is The Hill Dogs. All that's missing is you, the audience. Bring together and mix vigorously, adding plenty of the not-so-secret secret ingredient; love. Enjoy in loud, heaping helpings. Ask for seconds..."