Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Houndog in Limbo

It's not easy to make new music sound old, but Houndog knows the trick. If you like Lowell Fulson's "Tramp" or "Pass the Hatchet" by Roger & the Gypsies, you will probably enjoy Houndog's song, "Cruisin', Pt. 1". This song was part of a Yep Roc sampler included with an issue of Harp magazine last year. The song grabbed me, and I started looking at the Yep Roc site periodically to see if the record was coming out soon. But Houndog isn't even listed on their roster of artists. With a little more searching, I learned that Houndog was the project of David Hidalgo (from Los Lobos) and Mike Halby (from Canned Heat). They made a self titled record in 1999. I missed that one, although I did hear Hidalgo's other side project, the Latin Playboys.

There are several bands called Houndog (including one here in Atlanta), but since AllMusic describes the 1999 Houndog album as "murk blues" and Halby's voice as "sounding like a 45 playing on 33," I feel safe in assuming that this song is the Houndog of Messrs. Halby and Hidalgo. Since "Cruisin" wasn't on their 1999 album, the remaining question is whether Yep Roc or any other label will be releasing a new Houndog record.

Houndog: Cruisin', Pt. 1


At 4/01/2006 7:49 PM , Blogger Koen said...

Thanks for this unusual track & yes, it does sound like Houndog. Unfortunately I don't have that album either...

At 4/04/2006 12:38 PM , Blogger jon manyjars said...

Thanks for the comment. I'm still looking for the Houndog album. I know where I can order it, but as Lemmy once said, the chase is better than the catch.

At 4/14/2006 11:42 PM , Blogger Jamie said...

The same song was on a Yep Roc sampler from 2004 (titled Demolition Derby). According to the liner notes of the sampler the song is from an upcoming album to be released in Fall 2004...guess that didn't happen :-(

At 4/18/2006 6:16 PM , Blogger jon manyjars said...

The mystery deepens... Thanks, Jamie!

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