Red Dog Run.
Neo-old-time band Red Dog Run had me at their first song: a pitch perfect cover of Dirk Powell’s heartfelt song “Waterbound.” Like Powell’s original, Red Dog Run have the chops in old-time Appalachian stringband music to pull off their vision of old-time music made new. Fiddler Rosie Newton is one of the best young fiddlers in the business, recently getting snapped up to join The Duhks and also touring with Kristin Andreassen and Jefferson Hamer. She’s a powerhouse of a fiddler and a beautiful singer too. I raved about her recent duo album with New England iconoclast Richie Stearns and it’s great to see the two of them forming the core of this new band. Stearns is famous for his work with The Horse Flies, Donna the Buffalo and Natalie Merchant, but he’s got a great ear to the roots of the music, whether as a lead singer or as a songwriter as well. Jim Miller’s a guy y’all should know too. He’s got ties to Donna the Buffalo and Preston Frank (he helped me set up the interview with Preston that appears in this issue) and was a long-time resident of the Pacific Northwest (he plays in Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer). Jim’s a great guy and a great roots vocalist in his own right as well. Bass player Jed Greenberg comes to the band from Donna the Buffalo as well… jeez, I’m sensing a pattern here! On their debut album, Red Dog Run cover traditional songs like “Little Girl and the Dreadful Snake,” or “Adieu False Heart” and “Hills of Mexico” as well as old-time tunes like “Jimmy Shank”, a killer song “No Lonesome Tune” from Townes Van Zandt, even a song from Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. It’s all done with obvious joy and great knowledge of the tradition. It’s a powerful opening statement from this band of old friends and music veterans.
by: Devon Leger