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Mud Dog
"River Of My Soul"

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Every now and then the essence of what really makes a good Blues Album rises to the top of the heap. Such is the case with Mud Dog's new release "River of My Soul". Based out of Vancouver, Canada, the four piece band that forms Mud Dog once again proves that this great country of ours truly has it's share of great musicians, especially when it comes to the Blues. With it's amazing vocals, harmony, and a more then generous helping of harmonica, "River of My Soul", takes you on a gentler journey of the Blues, one which will leave you with a genuine feeling that you are listening to something refreshing and new. From the title track "River of My Soul" to it's fitting finale "The Edge", this CD is guaranteed to make you a fan of Mud Dog if you have not previously been, and more of a fan if you have. 

"River of My Soul" is a must have CD for any fan of the Blues.

John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network) 

About Mud Dog

Steve "Mud Dog" Sainas has been a guitarist/singer/songwriter in Vancouver's cabarets and pubs for the past twenty years. During this time, he has developed a powerful blues guitar and singing style that is instantly recognized by his steadily growing audience. In 1997, Steve began to lay the ground-work for forming his powerful blues band Mud Dog. His vision was to pay tribute to blues masters such as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and John Lee Hooker with a fiery contemporary blues sound. The highlight of each concert, however, is when Steve testifies his own life experiences through his original songs, inspired by the sounds of the Mississippi Delta. Mud Dog released its debut CD "Devil's Ride" on March 7th, 2003 at the Terry Fox Theatre to a house full of excited fans. "Devil's Ride" features eleven originals songs written & produced by Sainas and two traditional arrangements. The CD has been featured on both Storman Norman's Sunday Blues on Rock 101 and CBC Radio and is receiving regular airplay coast to coast. In March 2008, Mud Dog released their second CD, “River of my Soul,” that features eleven new original acoustic songs written and produced by Sainas.  These songs deeply reflect on finding the light in a world consumed by darkness.

During the day, Steve is busy teaching Rock School and Recording Arts at Terry Fox Secondary School in Port Coquitlam, BC.  He established these programs in 2000/2001 and has developed them into one of the most successful  music programs in public education.

Mud Dog features an amazing line up of musicians. Christopher Allen is an award winning harmonica/vocal virtuoso who has performed and recorded all over the continent with a host of musical greats including Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, Esther Phillips, Ronnie Hawkins, Tina Turner, Jeff Healey, Bob Rock, and David Foster. Each night Christopher stuns the audience with his soaring melodies and amazing harmonica acrobatics. The combination of harmony vocals, harmonica and steel dobro brings out the very essence of the original blues sounds of the 30's, 40's & 50's.

The veteran rhythm section of Randy Adams (drums/vocals) and Rodney Koke (bass/vocals) provide the pounding heartbeat of Mud Dog. Both players have toured extensively throughout North America and together create a dynamic foundation for the band. Most notably, Rodney had the prestigious experience of opening for Stevie Ray Vaughan & ZZ Top throughout a Southern States tour in the early 80's.
Collectively, this four-piece blues machine fills the room with huge vocal harmonies and powerful rhythms that draw people into a dancing frenzy.

In more intimate venues, Steve And Christopher dig deep into roots blues as an acoustic duo reminiscent of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. Their passion for this genre permeates every corner of the room and will fill your souls with musical purity.

Mud Dog can be seen performing regularly throughout BC at festivals and blues venues.

Instrumentation
Steve "Mud Dog" Sainas:  Vocals, Guitar & Dobro
Christopher "Reed Killer" Allen: Harmonica & Harmony Vocals
Rodney Koke:  Bass & Harmony Vocals
Randy Adams: Drums

Tracks

1.  RIVER OF MY SOUL
2.  THESE BONES ARE BARE  
3.  CAN'T FIGURE YOU OUT
4.  STOP THE SHOW  
5.  MISSISSIPPI  
6.  STEP INTO THE LIGHT  
7.  MY BABY  
8.  LIVE FOR TODAY  
9.  DRIVIN ME CRAZY  
10. I'M LEAVIN'  
11. THE EDGE

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