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Are 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 a Mutt

      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."

Hoffman Performs at 35th Harvard Reunion with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

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.

Kofi Annan was there--almost


August 2004


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