The Best "So-So" Band in the Hudson Valley!
They bill themselves as the "Best So-So Band in the Hudson
Valley." What exactly does that mean? Good question. It
seems to have something to do with the fact that all the
band members are ordinary guys, working stiffs, if you will.
And they have no illusions about big record deals and life
on the road. No big egos about how much better they are
than all the other bands hereabouts. No one in Lost Dog
Woody appears to be counting the days until they can quit
their day job and live off the fame and fortune that comes
from being a rock star.
So, put six ordinary working stiffs (with families)
together, and what do you have? You have a band that
struggles to get in one good practice every week, and plays
out far less often than the average Hudson Valley working
band. Given that quasi-avocational approach to music, how
good can they possibly be? Well, there's the funny
thing. What they lack in "star quality," they more than
make up for by being real. These guys might not have their
sights set on playing the stadium tour circuit, but that
doesn't mean they don't love performing.
And neither does it mean that they don't put their
collective heart and soul into each and every gig. They
give it up, every time, precisely because it's
not work. It's fun. Lost Dog Woody isn't
doing it for the money. . . not even for the "someday,"
pie-in-the-sky money. They're out there playing music
because it's a lot of fun for them. And, know what?
Audiences pick up on that right off.
A legendary rock star came to play in the area a while back
and performed his play list via tele-prompter. His
bodyguards ushered him in and out, he refused to sign
autographs, and he barely even acknowledged the
audience's existence. Lost Dog Woody is the
quintessential "party band." They spend most of their time
between songs engaging in good natured banter with the
crowd. And folks in the audience at a Lost Dog Woody gig
don't need to be urged to get up and dance... they
just do. In layperson's language, it's called
"having a good time;" and let's face it, any band that
consistently makes people laugh and dance just
can't be all that "So-So."
There's another thing that sets Lost Dog Woody apart
from the rest of the working bands in the area. . . their
play list. It's just not what you'd expect from
a "cover band." But, in a strange and wonderful way, it
works out really well. Actually, it's quite
refreshing. Have you ever bought a CD for the cut
that's getting all the radio air play, only to
discover that there's one, or more, cuts on the album
that you like better? That's what the Lost Dog
Woody play list is all about. It's the "other" good,
maybe even better songs that have been recorded by
your favorite artists. The ones you'd probably pick
if some record company executive hadn't paid all the
radio stations to play the "hit" 50 times a day. Lost Dog
Woody's playlist is a Who's Who of big names like
Eric Clapton, The Band, Blues Traveler, Ben Folds Five,
Chris Isaak, Elvin Bishop, Taj Mahol, and Dave Matthews, but
the cuts they choose often make you pause, and then say:
"Oh yeah! I liked that one!"
So that's it. Or at least that's it in a nutshell. If you
want to party, if you just want to go out and have a good
time listening to good guys playing good music, well, check
out the "Best So-So Band in the Hudson Valley." And be sure
to wear your dancin' shoes.....
No Bull Productions