Finally – Carl Carlton & the Songdogs are back! Even better – the legendary group of exceptional musician is going back on tour with their original line-up 20 years after their founding!
Carl Carlton – lead vocals, guitars
Wyzard – bass, vov
Pascal Kravetz – keyboards, voc
Moses Mo – guitars, voc
Bertram Engel – drums, percussion
After the highly praised concert series “Woodstock & Wonderland” and “Tobacco Road To Graceland”, Carlton surprises again this year with a concert cracker:
Carl Carlton & The Songdogs are back – with the “Reunion on Revolution Avenue” tour 2019 / 2020 !!!
After four albums over the years, this supergroup have achieved legendary status and it was inevitable that fans would demand a reunion of the Songdogs.
Robert Palmer, Carl’s good friend and clever teacher, gave the impetus in 1999. “Why not have your own band?”, he confronted him in one of their many joint productions. “That’s long overdue, Carl …!” Robert Palmer , who achieved world fame with great albums like “Sneakin’s Sally Thru The Alley” and blockbuster hits such as “Simply Irresistable” and “Addicted To Love” and died much too early (2003), was right! Carl took Robert’s advice and founded the Songdogs, the ‘Supergroup’ of the nineties with a Champions League line-up, supporters of which besides the core group included: Robert Palmer, Levon Helm and Garth Hudson (both The Band), Bobby Keys, Sonny Landreth (the master of slide guitar), Ian “Mac” McLagan (Small Faces, Rolling Stones etc.), Ronnie Wood (yes, that one…), Jon Smith, Steve Howard, Eric Burdon, Xavier Naidoo, Klaus Voormann and many hand-picked colleagues more.
The core of the songdogs consisted of Moses Mo (guitars) and Wyzard (bass) from Funkrock pioneers Mother’s Finest from Atlanta, Pascal Kravetz on the keys (Lindenberg, Maffay, Robert Palmer and others) and »the one and only «Bertram Engel on drums. Wayne P. Sheehy (Ronnie Wood Band), Zachary Alford (David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen and others) and Dion Murdock (Mother’s Finest) later played on the drums (in chronological order) .The founding of the songdogs was a stroke of luck for all rock lovers and the always busy musician Carlton, who, as guitarist, songwriter and performer (Robert Palmer, Eric Burdon, Peter Maffay, Udo Lindenberg, Wolfgang Niedecken and many more), knows only one working mode: »Let’s get it on!«
With the songdogs, Carl, the tireless networker, created the perfect platform to implement his “no-bullshit” approach with all his top-class musician friends and to present his songs, which are deeply rooted in rock, blues and R’n’B. The brilliant debut album from 2001 with the title »Revolution Avenue«, recorded in the swamps of Louisiana, impressively reflects the musical soul of the Songdogs. In the following years, three more terrific Songdog long players / CDs were released: “Love & Respect” (2003), which was celebrated by critics and audiences alike – “even more international, even more colorful” – the live double CD ” CaHoots & Roots ”(2004) and“ Songs for the Lost and Brave ”(2008), for whose production Carl & Co. found themselves in Levon Helm’s famous studio ‘The Barn’ in Woodstock / NY. Unfortunately, as history has shown, super groups are just as fragile as they are sensitive, so it was not surprising that after almost ten successful, extremely creative years, the Songdogs broke up in friendship. 2019 – 20 years after the tones of the first song “God’s Gift To Man” echoed from the speakers at Dockside Studios in Maurice, Louisiana – there is a reunion at the insistence of many fans. The Songdogs are fully back, live and in their original line-up! Just in time for the tour, a limited vinyl box set consisting of the first three studio albums, an »Outtakes and Specials« album plus a ›Best Of CD‹ will be released. (7 vinyls including download code and booklet).
Save the date and, freely according to Carl’s motto, “Keep Swinging!”