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Sept. Ray of Light- Family Dog

***The Family Dog, Atl, Sat. 9/21***

The Dogs at the Dog! On Saturday we'll play Virginia Highlands hotspot The Family Dog, owned by renowned Angry Chef Ron Eyester, who is such a Grateful Dead fan that he named his first restaurant Rosebud after Jerry's guitar.

It's a bit of a smaller stage so we're bringing the rough and ready four piece Sundogs, playing at 9:30, after all the football dies down and all the Music Midtowners start to stumble in and ready for some real rock n roll.

***Review/Video from Terminal West show with Black Joe Lewis***

Thanks to those of you that joined us for our debut show at the fabulous Terminal West on 9/8. For those that missed it, check out this review from The Examiner's Chris Martin, "Terminal West was Rocking Sunday with Black Joe Lewis and The Sundogs"

"This was my first time experiencing The Sundogs live and I am honestly ashamed of myself for not doing it sooner..."

Our friend and favorite movie actor Richard Peterson shot this great video of us as well, getting all of "I May Not Make it Into Heaven" (studio version still available for free download on www.sundogs.net).

Black Joe was phenomenal, he lent us his great horn section for Modern Day Miracle and in return we lent him Lee's Telecaster when he broke a string midway through his set. Thanks to Terminal West, can't wait to come back.

***View from Stage Left***

- Loving the new Bob Dylan archive "Another Self Portrait, Vol. 1," a fantastic window into his lat 60's output as he was off the road recovering from a motorcycle crash. Check out "Working on a Guru" with George Harrison on guitar and backup vocals.

- John Fogerty joined Widespread Panic for a mini-set last week and it was pretty rockin, you can stream/download it here.

- Continued thanks to our friends at The Optimist, fast becoming our two-man show haven for us and friends like Justin Brogdon and the fellas from Moontower. Kevin and Jon will be back on 10/12 and Will and Lee on 10/25.

June Ray of Light: Riverbend on Saturday!

***Saturday, June 8- Riverbend Festival, Chattanooga, TN***

Join us in the Scenic City of Chattanooga on Saturday, June 8 as we perform at the Riverbend Festival. We'll be playing the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union Stage at 9:45. Our friends Revival are also on the bill, and weekend headliners are Jake "where would I be without my cousin Kelly Campbell" Owen and Atlanta's own Ceelo Green.

Join Lee, Will, Jon, Benji, KT and Will as we play for our growing base of pals up in Chattanooga, literally under the bridge downtown.

***Friday, June 14- Will Haraway at The Optimist***

On June 14 at 7 PM, Will puts down the p-bass and picks up the Martin for a solo show at The Optimist, Ford Fry's amazing year-old restaurant on the Westside of Atlanta. He'll do a couple of sets of Sundogs tunes and covers, and definitely takes requests, if they are the right kind. These are always fun, and it's free and outside, so there's really no acceptable excuse.

***Save the Date- The Sundogs' Rock n Roll Circus, July 27, Smith's Olde Bar***

We're having a summer blowout at Smith's Olde Bar on Saturday July 27 with a little help from our friends Like a Locomotive and Freddy's Finest. Put it on your calendars and be ready! Will there be backup singers? OF COURSE THERE WILL BE BACKUP SINGERS.

***View from Stage Left***

- Let's be honest. It's been a long time since the biggest selling album in the world was actually GREAT. Thriller, Purple Rain, maybe Joshua Tree. And today, Paris legends Daft Punk are topping every single chart with "Random Access Memories" and it's fabulous. We can't wait to hear our buddies Yacht Rock Revue cover "Get Lucky," featuring funk legend Nile Rogers on the signature guitar lick.

- One of our very favorites, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit released "Southeastern" on Tuesday, perhaps his best record yet. He headlined Va Highlands Summerfest on Saturday and killed it. Listen to this beauty, "Live Oak," and read this great story about him in the New York Times.

- Two other great ones out- The National's "Trouble Will Find Me" continues their streak of brilliance and "Wrote a Song For Everyone," from the legendary John Fogerty featuring duets from My Morning Jacket, Dawes and Bob Fucking Seger, among a bunch of others. He's a damn treasure.

- Lee and Will's older brother Charlie is bringing his bluegrass band, Salt Creek from Columbia, SC, to Big Tex's Bluegrass Brunch on Sunday, June 30. Hope you'll join us- he has the best range in the family and does a mean Bill Monroe and Jack White.

May Ray of Light

***VIVA LOS SUNDOGS! Free Show on Oakhurst Square, Sunday 5/5***

On Sunday, The Sundogs will celebrate Cinco De Mayo with a free show, outside on the Oakhurst Square in Decatur, GA, hosted by Mezcalito's Cantina.

We'll start at 4:30 and do three sets with all the hombres, and will be joined by special guest Senor Cameron Williams for a few tunes, and he may also dance the traditional La Danza del Venado if given enough firewater jalapeno tequila.

Bring your kids, camp out, drink a Negra Modelo with us. Jon has a killer sombrero. Details Here.

***Harris/Thomas Duo at Bhojanic Buckead, 5/8***

Jon Harris and Kevin Thomas continue their excellent duo show over at the new Bhojanic in Buckhead on Wednesday 5/8. They will play happy hour from 5:30-7:30 and admission is free to all.

***The Sundogs at The Riverbend Festival, 6/8, Chattanooga***

The Sundogs have been added to Chattanooga's historic Riverbend Festival on Saturday, June 8. We'll be playing the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union stage at 9:45 PM. Weekend headliners include Kelly Campbell's cousin Jake Owen and Atlanta's own CeeLo Green.

Come on up 75 and support the home team, and tell your Nooga friends!

***View from Stage Left***

- Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears but on a fantastic headlining show at the 420 Festival at Candler Park, ditching the James Brown influence and sounding like RL Burnside with a horn section.

- The Black Crowes rolled into the Tabernacle last week with new guitarist Jackie Green and didn't miss a beat. Hits, B-Sides, covers, they can do it all. Here's a taste.

- Rumors of the Drive By Truckers demise are greatly exaggerated. We saw them headline the Double Decker festival with the new 5 man lineup and they were in a word, wonderful.

- Great new records out include Steve Earle's "The Low Highway," Charles Bradley's "Victim of Love",JJ Grey & Mofro's "This River" (he has yet to make anything less than an excellent record) and "The Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver," featuring My Morning Jacket, Ed Sharpe and the Zeros, Amos Lee and Lucinda Williams, among others.

We love John Denver. Will did "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" for the E.E. Jeter Talent Show when he was in Kindergarten. Older brother Charlie sang "Sunshine on My Shoulders" and finished 2nd to some kid who did Hambone with spoons. A travesty.

***THANKS AS ALWAYS***

April Ray of Light

THE SUNDOGS AT ZAC BROWN'S SOUTHERN GROUND SOCIAL CLUB

Happy Springtime to y'all! This Friday, April 19, Lee and Will are traveling back down to Senoia, GA to play Zac Brown's Southern Ground Social Club. It's a perfect room for a duo show, we love playing there and profits from the Club support Camp Southern Ground, which serves special needs children.

We'll be doing all kinds of songs, switching around on acoustics, pedal steel, bass, harp and even kick drum (borrowed from Nelson Nolen, thanks dude.)

In addition to the Lee and Will show, two more gents from The Sundogs are doing some work down at the Social Club, as Jon Harris continues his April Residency tonight, April 17 as well as next Wed. April 24, with special guest Sundog Kevin Thomas on keyboards.

To thank SGSC for their hospitality this month, we're donating sales from songs sold on our Reverbnation site to Camp Southern Ground. Take a ride south!

THE SUNDOGS ON THE OAKHURST SQUARE, MAY 5 FREE SHOW

In a continued effort to play all of the cultural drinking holidays in 2013, The Sundogs hereby announce a FREE Show atMezcalito's Cantina on the Oakhurst Square in Decatur, to celebrate Cinco De Mayo.

We're playing three fun sets starting at 4 PM on what promises to be a pretty Spring afternoon, drinking Negra Modelo while possibly wearing sombreros. And it's Free. So you can go to Shaky Knees, fight crowds and drop a hundy, or come sit in the sun, eat the best steak tacos in the world (seriously, they're outstanding) and let us rock your face off, for free.

An easy choice. Viva El Sundogs! Bring your kids, tell your friends. Share the event!

NOTES FROM STAGE LEFT - Caught Son Volt at Terminal West last week, our first visit to the new venue. Fantastic place, fantastic show (Windfall encore), though Jay could stand to play a little Uncle Tupelo (just the ones you wrote, c'mon dude), or possibly show a human emotion. Their new album, "Honky Tonk", is fantastic, the best one since Trace.

- Other good ones out there: Kurt Vile's "Waking on a Pretty Daze", Shooter Jennings' "The Other Life", "Get Up!" from Ben Harper w Charlie Musselwhite, "Muchacho" from Phosphorescent and two great live sets from two of our favorites- "Wiser for the Time"from The Black Crowes and "Love for Levon" a show commemorating Levon featuring Gregg Allman, Ray LaMontagne, Grace Potter, My Morning Jacket and a host of others.

- Our good friend Will Leitch, founder of Deadspin, contributor to publications from GQ to The New Yorker, has made "Modern Day Miracle" the theme song of his new podcast for Sports on Earth, "The Will Leitch Experience." If you don't have Modern Day on your iPod (really?) then get it here and support Camp Southern Ground. Thanks Will!

- Pray for Boston.

The March Ray of Light

3/16- TITLED KILT ST. PAT'S PARTY, 3/17- LIMERICK JUNCTION ST. PAT'S PARTY

As your resident Atlanta rock band, The Sundogs aim to please. Our city is notoriously spread out, and sometimes you just need a show in your own backyard. Our response?

The Sundogs' OTP/ITP Irish Car Bomb Drunken Leprechaun Green Beer St. Paddy's Weekend 2013.

For you OTPers, we're playing Saturday 3/16 at The Tilted Kilt's St. Patrick's Day Party from 5:30-7:30 PM, right before our friends The Last Waltz Ensemble, who play from 8-11. That's a big Irish time.

But we didn't forget you ITP urban dwellers, as we're playing Sunday 3/17 at Limerick Junction's St. Paddy's Day extravaganza from 6:00- 7:30. Following our show, the Jon Harris Band (w KT on keys) will perform it's debut show at nearby Blind Willie's at 9 PM.

New songs, new covers all from our favorite powerhouse 6-piece lineup- Lee, Will, Jon, Benji, KT and Will.

THE VIEW FROM STAGE LEFT

Not a ton of releases in 2013 thus far, but Johnny Marr's solo project "The Messenger" is quite rocking, Jim James' solo record "Regions of Light and Sound of God" is interesting and our old fave Son Volt has their best record in years, "Honky Tonk", where Jay Farrar plays pedal steel along with everything else.

Atlanta's The Quiet Hounds is not new, per se, since they released Megaphona last May, but we've been meaning to shoutout "I Get Up" their insanely catchy single that's starting to get some play. Go Home Team.

Enjoyed The Grammys this year, especially Jack White and The Black Keys/Dr. John, who brought some real rock n roll to the evening for the first time in years. And there were some cool winners- The Black Keys, Paul McCartney, Zac Brown Band, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John and Dan Auerbach for producer of the Year (Dr. John, among others...)

RIP to Dangerous Dan Toler, former member of the Allman Bros. Band, and later with Gregg Allman's Band and Dickey Betts and Great Southern.

Get it Right

Hey there, hope you'll check out our new single, Get it Right, an exclusive download for folks that follow us here. It's a song by Lee, with a minor assist from Will, recorded at Down in Deep Studios along with Jhonnie Blueboy Harris on guitar, Kevin Leahy on drums and producer Martin Kearns on organ. In addition to the George Harrison-esque guitar solo, Jon also added some barrelhouse keys at the end.

We love the way it turned out, hope you do too- download it and share with your friends.

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