Bio/Press

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L-R: Brent LaBeau, Nick Devlin, Brad Williams, Bart Angel

The Salty Dogs are a four piece band that enjoys playing and recording original country music. The Little Rock based band has released 3 full-length studio albums including their current EP – Too old to fight. The band was formed in 2003 and was named the “Best Original Band in Arkansas” by the Arkansas Times. Since then, the band has played countless shows sharing the stage with such likes of Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Jr., Old Crow Medicine Show, Billy Joe Shaver, Robert Earl Keen, The Gourds, Pete Anderson, David Rawlings,  Kinky Friedman, Junior Brown, Kelly Willis and many more.

The band’s music has been featured on TLC‘s hit TV show, Trading Spaces, on the award winning Sundance Channel hit show, Rectify, and most recently the motion picture release, Valley Inn. 

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“The Salty Dogs are back with a great new EP!  If you like honky-tonk country with memorable hooks, superb picking, and soulful singing, you’ll love ‘Sometimes, sometimes.’  With new originals and even a cover of the ancient Merle Travis standard “Nine Pound Hammer,” the Salty Dogs make the Icons of Hillbilly Heaven proud.  You can almost picture Buck Owens tapping his toes listening to this record saying, “We gotta sign these guys, before somebody else gets ’em.”  Enjoy the new old country sounds of the Salty Dogs and dig ’em like I do!”  – Deke Dickerson

Still in Fighting Shape – Shea Stewart/SYNC

Country Standard Time – Too Old to Fight review by Jeff Remz

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“4 **** – Brand New Reason “…delicious authentic country (rock).” “…one of the most interesting country acts of the moment…” Grant Moff – ctrl. Alt. Country

“BRAND NEW REASON, a mixed bag of high-voltage, soulful twang.”-Betsy Shepherd – Oxford American Magazine

“An absolute delight from start to finish (Autoharpoon). Fans of Country Music from a bygone era will definitely love this CD, and want to learn more about this talented group!”-Chuck Dauphin – Music City News Nashville

“Autoharpoon is unpretentious, joyous, and as pure as mountain dew.” –Stewart Mason – All Music Guide

“Brand New Reason – “A”…Call them 21st Century Country Boys.” Philip Martin – Arkansas Democrate Gazette

“Brad Williams might have the most iconic voice in local music.” Lindsey Millar – Arkansas Times

“The Salty Dogs deliver a fine disc incorporating many roots styles.” Nelson Gullett – Country Standard Time

“Little Rock’s best honky tonk outfit”Shea Stewart – Sync Weekly

“I am quite impressed. It’s good hard core salt of the earth country, something very rare in these slick times. Y’all are doing great.” -Jason Ringenberg/Jason and the Scorchers

“…easy country-soul running through this…” Grant Alden/No Depression – Grant’s Rants

“Brad Williams might have the most iconic voice in local music. Rangy and rarely onstage without a cowboy hat, the Salty Dogs front man sings in the kind of easy twang that comes from growing up in Marked Tree, but he tempers it with a big helping of Southern soul (you could imagine Williams doing right by a Dan Penn song). Williams and the Dogs — Brent LaBeau (bass), Bart Angel (drums), Nick Devlin (guitar) — often get pegged as “new traditionalists” or “honky-tonk revivalists,” which to these ears is just another way of saying country music that lasts.  Lindsey Millar [Arkansas Times / January 2010]

The dozen songs (Autoharpoon) are well put together with enough diversity (reverb on “Step right up” and the acoustic based “Holding to my Lord”) to keep it real interesting. Nick Devlin provides sharp guitar licks throughout. Williams, who wrote most of the songs, is the guiding light with his vocals at the fore. –Jeffrey B. Remz/Country Standard Time

This, folks, is pure country, or pure vintage country, so much so that I can almost hear Dale Hawkins saying, “They just don’t make ’em like this anymore.” Here you have feel-good, down-to-earth (but not down-on-the-farm) stuff that’s sure to satisfy… Nicole Boddington/Arkansas Times

Whether playing country with a hip spin, a gospel spin, or a more psychedelic spin, this album is assuredly one you need to tune in to. A must (Autoharpoon) have for any country lovers music collection. -Quentin Foster/Roots Music Report