Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Cravin' Dogs (rhymes with craven dogs)

Recommended if you like: Wilco, Parson Red Heads, Spoon, Dawes

Story behind your band/artist name: Simply from one of the original band member's desire to be a dog owner

Band Members: Caldwell Gray (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards), John Penovich (backing vocals, electric guitar, lap steel), Todd Baker (electric violin, backing vocals), Barry Warsaw (bass, backing vocals), Tom Helf (drums)

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : We began in 1986 as part of the local folk scene revolving around Mary Chapin Carpenter's open mic nights at Gallagher's in Cleveland Park. We rehearse in Vienna and Silver Spring.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: 1. We were featured in a television commercial as part of the Washington Post's 1991 "If You Don't Get It, You Don't Get It" ad campaign. (YouTube link:
2. Lead vocalist Caldwell Gray is the head sound engineer at Strathmore Performing Arts Center.
3. Our song "Hoyt Wilhelm" was recently played on Tony Kornheiser's baseball opening day podcast.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: We've been together since 1986, and are celebrating the release of a new CD (our 10th) entitled "Bone,". CMJ describes our music as "sweet ol' roots rock with a healthy amount of restless big city experimentalism." We rock twice as hard as bands half our age.

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Main Genre: Indie

Other Genres: roots rock, alt-pop