Dog House Kitchen is a group of musicians from Louisville, KY that got together around April 2010.
The genesis of the group was when guitarist/singer/songwriter Drew Allison and guitarist John Carby started getting together in Carby’s living room, and working on some original tunes. This went on for a few months, with some pick-up musicians, a gig here and there, and in the process picking up blues singer/harp player Jay Jackson. In December of 2010, they added bassist Alan Morris, and drummer Dan Fellmeth.
By the beginning of 2011, Dog House Kitchen was in the studio recording their first CD, Take a Chance. That CD was released in September of 2011.
Tragedy struck the group a month later, when guitarist John Carby was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. John passed away on December 12, 2011. For the last couple of months of 2011, DHK was on hiatus, in a state of shock, grief, and heartbreak over the loss of their friend and band mate.
By the beginning of the new year though, the wheels were beginning to turn again, new songs were being written, and John Carby’s old friend and collaborator Jim Haswell had stepped in to play guitar. Another of Carby and Haswell's old bandmates, drummer Dave Schmitt also came on board.Later in 2012, bassist Alan Morris was replaced by veteran side man Tim Dennison. In December 2012, the band wemt to Nashville, and recorded their second CD, appropriately titled, Second Sight.As of early 2014, the band is working on recording a third CD.
Although DHK is a relatively new band, its members have many years of experience as professional musicians and have shared stages with acts such as The Allman Brothers, Bo Diddley, Roy Buchanan, Delbert McClinton, Reba McIntire, Vince Gill, David Alan Coe, and many more.
The Dog House Kitchen sound is a big rich stew of many styles and influences. Perhaps the best way to describe it is in geographic terms: New Orleans meets Memphis meets Chicago meets Detroit meets Nashville meets Muscle Shoals. They move effortlessly between old-school blues and honky tonk to hard-driving funk, and extended jazz-tinged jams, lending their distinctive sound to it all.They like to call it "Kentucky Swamp Music"!
Though writing and recording are important to this band, the real life-blood of DHK is performing live. There is a real spontaneity and intensity to their live shows that has been wowing audiences around the Louisville area for the short time they’ve been together.
So if you get a chance to see these guys, don’t miss it! You’re in for a real musical treat!