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Album Review

The Sundogs are far from a traditional Cajun band, and their Louisiana-influenced boogie isn't zydeco either. And yet, no review of Howlin' would be complete without examining the Louisiana influences prominent on this CD (which was recorded not in New Orleans or Baton Rouge, but in San Francisco). "Calypso Zydeco," "Fais Do Do" and "Fog On the Mountaintop" are best described as Southern-style roots-rock with Cajun overtones. Lead singer Tom Rigney's violin is prominent throughout the album, and he plays it in a very Cajun-like fashion. This earthy date is anything but slick — the Sundogs sound like a bar band, and that's a big part of their charm. This CD isn't fantastic, but it's fun, unpretentious and certainly honest.


Genre: Dance

Years Active: '80s, '90s

San Francisco-based swamp rockers the Sundogs were led by violinist Tom Rigney, an alumnus of Queen Ida's Bon Temps Zydeco Band and Back in the Saddle. After mounting a solo career with 1989's Rigo, he formed the Sundogs with singer/rubboardist Joe Paquin, guitarist T.J. Politzer, bassist John Aughney and drummer Jimmy Hobson; introducing their fusion of rock, zydeco and blues on 1992's Howlin', the group resurfaced two years later with To the Bone. 1997's Heavy Petting earned "Cajun Record of the...
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