Howlin' Houndog

Howlin' Houndog draws material for his shtick from blues, country and honky-tonk music. He will present a solo, acoustic show at 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Alex's Plaza Restaurant and Bar, 35 N. Main St., Ashland.

Houndog calls his touring act the Infamous Loosers because he travels solo and hires local musicians to back him at each stop. His newest CD, "The Adventures of Howlin' Houndog," on the artist's independent label, Vagrant Records of Seattle, showcases a full band, replete with horn section, guitars and drums.

Houndog slips acoustic shows in between his performances with the Infamous Loosers. Stylistically, he prefers the music of John Lee Hooker, Lightning Hopkins, Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell, Stick McGhee and Tiny Grimes, but he also is influenced by Captain Beefheart, Sam the Sham, Mojo Nixon and Tom Waits.

There is no cover for the show at Alex's. Call 541-482-8818.

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