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LG & the Road Dogs started gigging around the outskirts of Philadelphia somewhere around mid- summer of “09. Larry Graves, a well know singer songwriter from Wayne Pa, is quite use to performing for crowds. Known widely as the founding member of the original Open Road band, and The Larry Graves band, out of Philly. Larry's long time career playing with many outstanding Main Line musicians led him to a collaboration with Ronnie Smith, founder of another Philadelphia heavy weight band Cafe Ole.But let's back up.
In the summer of “09 Larry and his new singing partner Robert (Rib) Klein were working the grind at the Great American pub in Wayne, PA as a duo. Simultaneously, Smith was working, just around the corner with his band Two4blues at the now defunct Pop Pop's on Conestoga Avenue. Each began to sit in on each others sets. It was Larry's idea to expand this core element into a full band. And that's what he did.
With Two4blues on hold due to partner Frank Buark's heavy work load and quickly gaining the reputation as a party band from their fans, LG& the Road Dogs went on to play numerous spots throughout the Main Line suburbs including The Paddock in Devon, the Mixx in Villanova, Baxter's in the corporate center and the Columbia Hotel in Phoenixville. “A lot of our followers are our friends in disguise” says Smith.
The band has become quit popular as a “Private party band”. They also performed at more than three charity functions last fall. They even played a benefit for the Veterans at American legion Post 668.
Right now the band is planning their summer gig tour with a spot light on outdoor festivals. “We all cut our teeth in smokey bars till 2:AM in the morning, but “outside is nice” says Rick Tomassone, new drummer for the band. Rick and Dave Bennett are the two newest members rounding off the rhythm section of drums and bass respectively.
UPDATE! After a year and a half, the songwriting team of Lou Brody, Larry Graves and Rib Klein, have released the album "Roaddog Bad" and changed their name to "Kitasia"