Prominent Musicians Going to the Dogs?
Three outstanding musicians have lent their considerable
talents to Jonathan Hoffman's forthcoming CD project, "For
Dog Lovers Only." The CD, due to be released later this
year, consists of 14 songs about the world as perceived through
the eyes (and noses) of dogs.
Shelterdog Music's crack reporters can now reveal
the identities of these heavyweight musicians. Doug
Smith, one of America's finest fingerstyle guitarists, has been
recording fine acoustic guitar music and instructional guitar videos
for 20 years. He will be featured on two of Hoffman's songs, K-9 Christmas (the world's first, and hopefully last, Canine
Christmas carol), and the heartbreaking, My Puppyhood.
Fabulous blues guitarist
Terry Robb produced and performed on some of legendary guitarist
John Fahey's finest albums, including the 1993 hit, Let's Go,
which Rolling Stone proclaimed one of the "Top 3 releases of the
year." His collaboration on Hit It And Quit It, with Curtis
Salgado, received high accolades and launched a successful national
tour with rock legend Steve Miller, culminating with an appearance
on The Conan O'Brien Show. Other ventures include a song on the
soundtrack to the film, The Horse Whisperer." Robb will
be featured on the CD's bluesy tunes, Veterinary Rhythm & Blues, Blue Yellow Lab, Political Animal, Feel the Love, and
that edgy blues about dog romance, Big Smelly Woman.
Fritz Weber is
an outstanding Portland piano/keyboardist. Known for his rock,
rhythm & blues and zydeco styles, drawing on influences from
New Orleans and the Caribbean, Weber has played throughout the Pacific
Northwest with his swingin' group, Luminos. He returned
from the lake with his own three German Shepherds just so he could
be featured on Hoffman's songs, Going to the Lake and I'm
Shelterdog e-News was less successful trying to find out WHY these
three renowned musicians had all chosen to become involved in such
a dubious dog of a project. None of the musicians was willing
to comment for the record. Hoffman denied that
his dogs, Watson and Cricket, had threatened any of the musicians'
cats. "They're really very nice dogs," he explained.
"Usually, they would never do such a thing."
Performs at 35th Harvard Reunion with UN Secretary-General Kofi
Jonathan Hoffman performed at the Cabaret held as part of the reunion
of the Harvard Class of 1969 in Cambridge, Mass., on June 12. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was also there, albeit at a different
event at a different location, and on a different day.
Annan was there--almost