...Off The Leash!

Hey Dawg Fans,

What a finish to a great year!  Last night's show at The Roadhouse was one for the record books.

We knew it was going to be a special evening...it was our annual Christmas show (which means 7 or 8 songs you don't get to hear the rest of the year and lights on all of the gear).  But is also marked (almost to the day) that The Rhythm Dawgs first appeared in a public show 20 years ago.  Let that sink in...20 years.

Some of you may not realize, but The Dawgs were originally a trio...Dana, Bill Asa (now in SUIT), and Frank Calcagni (ret.).  To start off the second set, the 3 original Dawgs reuited to play "Hootchie Cootchie Man".  Ken joined the band after that to play "Howlin' At The Wrong Moon" from the 1999 album ...Because We Can.  The real highlight came later in that set when Bill and Frank joined the current line up for the holiday classic "Mustang Santa" (which, we will admit, sounds a lot like "Mustang Sally").  That marked the first time ever that all 6 Dawgs, past and present, have appeared on stage together.

The band also got a surprise from 2 long time fans, Ken's mom (Miss Pat) and her trust sidekick Don Toohey!  They presented the band with congratulatory cards (and a little something to help pay the bar bill:)

We've gotta give a shout out to everyone that came out in spite of the lousy weather.  We had visitors all the way from Seattle, Copperas Cove, ...and Dan had a whole mess of his family drive in from Oklahoma to see the show.  That prompted us to play "Tulsa Time" and "Never Been To Spain" (which is the only other song we know that mentions Oklahoma). The club was also full of folks who have been with us for a long, long time.  In some cases, the entire 20 years.

Once again, thank you all for supporting us all of this time. We also need to give a shout out to Bill Fisher and his staff at The Roadhouse...we always get treated like rock stars there.  We'll be returning to The Roadhouse in March to celebrate another milestone.  As of right now, that appearance will be our 401st show!

And that's a wrap for 2018.  We've been going at it hot and heavy (for us, anyway) for the last couple of months, and now is the time we'll take a break.

Next year looks to be an exciting one.  We have a couple of new venues we will be playing for the first time, and one that's sort of a "return" in the spring.  Paul and Dan have expressed interest in singing more tunes, and that's a good thing.  It looks like we'll be adding artists as varied as Robin Trower to The Smithereens. 

Next up...our first show for 2019 happens on Friday, January 18th at Uncle Gary's Bar in Pflugerville.  We've had a lot of people asking "why haven't you played there?".  Well, there were a lot of negotiations that had to happen and logistics to work out, but we finally got them to agree to the "brown M&M's only in the dressing room" clause in the contract.  We'll be kicking off the as-yet-to-be-named 2019 tour there.

See our gigs page for more details.

So, we'll close out by wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas and peaceful New Year. 

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Dana Vandiver- Guitars, vocals, arrangements, set-lists, final QC.
Ken Carver- Guitars, vocals, production logistics, website, mad scientist.
Dan Simms - Drums, percussion, rhythmic analysis, thermal management
Paul Turney - Bass, vocals, creative facial hair

Last updated December 8th, 2018