Put on the dog with Blue Dogs

Pop Music

Critic's Choice

July 07, 2002|By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Since the mid-'80s, Blue Dogs has slowly made its name with the catchy, foot-tapping, head-bopping and highly hum-worthy tunes it has played for intimate crowds in its native South Carolina and beyond.

The result has been a low-key career that's produced seven albums, including the bluegrassy Blue Dogs and Friends: Live at the Florence Little Theater released in February.

Not bad for a group that was long labeled a "bar band" and when two boys became friends at Cub Scouts in Florence, S.C.

Former Scouts Bobby Houck and Hank Futch and bandmates David Stewart and Greg Walker finally quit their day jobs in 1996 to begin touring. This Saturday, they come to Washington for a gig at the Metro Cafe at 1522 14th St., N.W.

Their music is a folksy, country rock that's sometimes honky tonk, sometimes bluesy and mostly fun, with touches of groups like Hootie and the Blowfish, the Eagles and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Sure, they may not have moved beyond the small-venue circuit yet, but if their three live CDs are any indication, the show will be well worth seeing.

Tickets are $10 for the 10 p.m. show Saturday at the Metro Cafe. For tickets or more information, call 202-588-9118 or visit www.metrocafe.net.

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