Since their earliest days in 1987, the Blue Dogs have been blending the genres they grew up with - bluegrass, country, rock and soul, “turning bluegrass on its ear by creating what’s now referred to as ‘Americana’ or ‘alternative country’ before those terms were commonplace” [Charlotte Observer, 2012]. More than thirty years later, The Blue Dogs continue to play 50-100 shows a year.
Fans that have joined them on their journey since the beginning stay close to the pack for the unpredictability of their live shows. Known for breaking the fourth wall and interacting with their audience, the Blue Dogs shine when the environment allows for spontaneity. This has become the catalyst for the success of their annual Homecoming shows at Charleston Music Hall, a reunion of famous musical friends filled with surprises to benefit the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. In the 6 years they’ve hosted the fundraiser, the Blue Dogs and guests like Darius Rucker, Hootie and the Blowfish, Edwin McCain, Radney Foster, Drivin’ N Cryin, Wyatt Durette and more have helped fetch over half a million dollars to fund pediatric cancer research at the hospital in Charleston, SC.
Nine albums, two DVDs, their success in songwriting for their own albums and for other artists, and over two decades of touring the country and sharing the stage with artists like Willie Nelson, Hootie and the Blowfish, Cracker, Bruce Hornsby, and Widespread Panic have recently earned the Blue Dogs an induction into the South Carolina Lowcountry Music Hall of Fame. Original founders Bobby Houck and Hank Futch, along with guitarist Dan Hood, drummer Parker Dewitt, pedal steel player Charlie Thompson make up the band and are often joined by James Bernabe on the mandolin, Jamie Harper on the fiddle, and Travis Allison on the keyboard. They continue to perform all along the East Coast on a regular basis. Currently, they’re looking forward to upcoming festivals and special events, continuing to write songs, and their annual homecoming show celebrating 31 years in December of 2019.
Peter Holsapple Combo
PETER HOLSAPPLE’s name is familiar to rock music fans, both as celebrated songwriter for The dB’s and Continental Drifters and as sideman to the stars (R.E.M., Hootie & the Blowfish). He released a solo album in 2018 called GAME DAY and started a new band which he immodestly calls the PETER HOLSAPPLE COMBO.
PETER and drummer WILL RIGBY have been close friends since they were kids, growing up playing together in The dB’s; this new opportunity to perform with each other displays their innate musical connection is still energetic and creatively powerful. Add bassist GLENN JONES who also contributes high harmonies, and you have a locked-in, tight trio that brings PETER’s songs from GAME DAY and beyond to life.
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