11th & Grant celebrates new year w/ new episode starring the Bird Dogs
Brand new this month on MontanaPBS, 11th & Grant with Eric Funk features Bozeman’s own Laney Lou & the Bird Dogs. Tune in at 7pm on Thursday, January 24th to experience this relentlessly energetic bluegrass-Americana band combining soaring four-part harmony and rock n’ roll drive. This group gets people dancing and singing along to original tunes and covers alike. With a combined 30 years of experience in blues, rock, country, metal, folk and indie bands, the members of Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs found their common ground in bluegrass and country music, bringing a truly unique sound to the folk scene.
This award-winning band has been taking their infectious sound on the road since 2013, sharing stages with the likes of Keb’ Mo’, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Jeff Austin Band, Amy Helm, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, Corb Lund, The Mavericks, Mark Chesnutt and many more. The Bird Dogs released a live self-titled studio album in 2016, recorded at Basecamp Studio in Bozeman. Their follow-up, titled The Vigilante Session, was recorded live at a forest service cabin in the Ruby mountains.
Laney Lou & the Bird Dogs features Lena Schiffer on vocals, guitar, and percussion; Matt Demarais on vocals, banjo and dobro; Ethan Demarais on bass; Brian Kassay on fiddle, mandolin and harmonica; and Josh Moore on vocals and guitar.
11th & Grant with Eric Funk is the premier outlet for music performance in Montana, seeking out the state’s most acclaimed, accomplished, and pioneering talent. The nine-time Emmy®-winning performance series also devotes significant time to each artist’s personal story, insights into their music and their approach to life, ultimately providing a deeper experience than a seat at a concert. Accomplished composer and musician Eric Funk serves as host and artistic director, hand selecting each performer from communities around the state to form a diverse series featuring genres from jazz to classical, country to zydeco, and rock to fusion.
Previous episodes of 11th & Grant are available to stream anytime at www.11thandgrant.com or on the 11th & Grant app. •