Four Men & A Dog: Long Roads
No, there is not a canine accompanying the group, but veteran Irish Folk
artists Four Men & A Dog are renown as one of the most kinetic live acts
out of the Emerald Isle, even without the dog. The band's style of music
has evolved with strong folk and rock elements and a penchant for sage
song writing that is emphatic, vivid, and eclectic as the music itself.
Gaining their name from the original quintet featuring former member
Mick "Black Dog" Daly, Four Men & A Dog have been earning their
international reputation since their initial embarkment into music back in
1990. Long Roads represents their fourth release, recorded in Woodstock,
NY at Levon Helm's studio and engineered by the Band's producer Aaron
Hurwitz. Their music ranges wide, from southern rock, country and
bluegrass styles to blues, salsa... even polka, without ever losing
coherence or congruity.
Four Men & A Dog were one of Ireland's best kept secrets: the band
recently performed for a BBC telecast as well as shared stage with
President Clinton and Van Morrison for the Belfast Peace Christmas tree
lighting in front of a global audience of millions. Long Roads has all the
earmarks of a "must have" among music enthusiasts of all factions and
Long Roads was released during FMA&D's short UK/ Ireland tour supporting The Band (who they appeared with for the encore "Willie & The Hand Jive"). "Joefy Spokes" is maybe the best track, with strong Danko vocal support (but has more than a passing resemblance in places to Dylan's Golden Loom). Levon Helm is listed among 'thanks' but doesn't play. Band members Garth Hudson, Randy Ciarlante, Richard Bell and Danko appear.
Sidemen(only members of the Band listed)
Four Men & A Dog - Long Roads - 1996 - Transatlantic T-2009