After their highly acclaimed Reunion Tour 2019, by both critics and audiences, Carl Carlton & The Songdogs are motivated and excited to continue touring in autumn of 2021. The tour motto “HIGH IN A SWEET RELEASE” signals this newfound enthusiasm of five exceptional musicians. With their four albums reaching legendary status over the years, it was not surprising that fans and audiences alike wanted the Songdogs back on stage.
THE BEGINNING: Good advice is not always costly. Robert Palmer, Carl’s best friend and musical mentor, gave the impetus in 1999. Impressed by Carl’s songwriting output and overall artistic charisma, he confronted him during one of their many joint productions: “Why not have your very own band? This seems to be long overdue, Carl …!” …and yes, Robert Palmer (†2003), who achieved world fame with albums such as “Sneakin’ Sally Thru The Alley” and blockbuster hits such as “Simply Irresistible” and “Addicted To Love” was absolutely right!
Carl took Robert’s advice and founded the Songdogs with what you could call a “Champions League line-up” comprising numerous temporary muso friends in addition to the core troop. Robert Palmer, Levon Helm and Garth Hudson (both The Band), Bobby Keys, Sonny Landreth (master of the slide guitar), Ian “Mac” McLagan (Small Faces, Rolling Stones etc.), Ronnie Wood (The Rolling Stones), Jon Smith, Steve Howard (White Trash Horns), Eric Burdon, Klaus Voormann and many more handpicked colleagues and friends all took part in the band’s productions. During their active years, the core of the Songdogs consisted of Moses Mo (guitars) and Wyzard (bass) founding members of the funk-rock pioneers Mother’s Finest from Atlanta, Pascal Kravetz on keyboards (Lindenberg, Maffay, Robert Palmer and others) and the one and only Bertram Engel on drums. Later (in chronological order) Wayne P. Sheehy (Ronnie Wood Band), Zachary Alford (David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen and others) and Dion Murdock (Mother’s Finest) shared the Songdog’s drum stool when Engel wasn’t available due to various commitments.
The founding of the Songdogs was a blessing for all rock ‘n’ roll lovers. The busy, always working at the limit artist Carlton, who as a guitarist, songwriter, producer and performer (Robert Palmer, Eric Burdon, Peter Maffay, Udo Lindenberg, Wolfgang Niedecken and many others ) would only follow one work mode: “Let’s get it on!”
With the Songdogs, Carl created the perfect platform for himself to implement his “No-Bullshit, – Keep On Swinging” approach together with all his musician friends, to present his songs, deeply rooted in Rock and Blues. The brilliant debut album from 2001 entitled »Revolution Avenue«, recorded at Dockside Studios, deep in the swamps of Louisiana, impressively reflects the Songdogs’ musical soul. In the following years, three further great Songdogs long players were released: “Love & Respect” (2003) – celebrated by critics and audiences alike, the live double CD “Cahoots & Roots” “(2004) and “Songs for the Lost and Brave”(2008), recorded at Levon Helm’s barn in Woodstock NY. Two years later, after almost ten successful, very creative years, the Songdogs called for a break and parted in friendship until further notice, able to devote themselves to individual musical paths.
Now, 21 years after the first song “God’s Gift To Man” blasted from the speakers at Dockside Studios in Maurice, Louisiana, Carl Carlton & The Songdogs are back in top form! After their inspiring “Reunion Tour” with the original line-up last year, they will hit the road in autumn this year, true to Carl’s motto: “Keep Swinging!”
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