Formed in 2011, The Sonoran Dogs have exploded
upon the bluegrass scene!
They have performed and headlined many festivals and
concert venues in the southwestern US, touring as far
as Australia...from Melbourne to Brisbane and beyond
The Dogs are made up of seasoned veterans who have come together to enjoy bluegrass music and friendship, often times adding one or more "strays" on fiddle, dobro and even
With every show, The Sonoran Dogs play with expertise,often improvising and showcasing original songs, traditional and contemporary music as well as an eclectic mix of Bluegrass,
Folk, Americana, Celtic and Newgrass
When they start pickin’, the Sonoran Dogs bluegrass band absolutely sizzle, and they are going to turn up the heat just for us on the New Zealand leg of their Wander Down Under tour.
Order a delicious antipasto Platter
A selection of shaved meats, sun dried tomato, olives, artichoke, feta, house made pesto & accompaniments. Served with cheese twists & croutes for two or four persons
Peter started playing the guitar at the age of eight and was very soon jamming at early bluegrass festivals and fiddler's contests. Several years later, he started entering guitar contests, and he eventually went on to take top honors at the National Flatpicking Championship in Winfield, Kansas in 1988. Peter has also played music with banjo player Ross Nickerson in various bands, including the Titan Valley warheads. In 1991 Peter again met up with Tom Rozum and joined Laurie Lewis, touring nationally and internationally for six years as guitarist and harmony vocalist with her band. In 1992 Chris Brashear moved to Tucson. He and Peter struck up an immediate and lasting friendship with a strong musical bond. In 1995, Peter released his first solo album, a CD entitled “Cliffs of Vermilion", produced by Laurie. She, along with Tom, Chris, Peter's brother David, and father Bill and others appear on Peter‘s stellar CD. Peter is a 2013 inductee to the Tucson Musician’s Museum in the Bluegrass/Americana category.
Mark has been playing music all his life in the southwest US region. Mark has won numerous mandolin contests, and his band, Shady Creek, won the SW Regional Division of the PIZZA HUT Showdown (now lBMA) Battle of the Bands in the late ‘90’s. Mark is also the founding member of CLEAR , which won the Telluride Band Contest in 2000. They were invited to open the festival in 2001. He also spent 5 years in Ohio, playing in 3 bands and extensively touring the area. His return to AZ brought him to becoming a founding member of Sawmill Road, touring throughout the US, Canada, and Europe and producing 2 stellar recorded projects. "Sawmill Road 1" and “Sawmill Road - Fire On The Kettle".
TYLER JAMES (Walls)-banjo, vocals
Tyler who comes from a musical family, started playing music at a young age. After experimenting with several different instruments, he received a banjo on his fifteenth birthday and immersed himself in bluegrass music. In 2008, he "came up for air", competing in and winning--the Rockygrass Banjo Championship in Lyons, Colorado. He went on to take 1st place in the Arizona Banjo Championship that same year. Tyler did it again, winning the 2010 Huck Finn Festival banjo championship and attaining top 5 finalist status at the Winfield National Banjo Championship.
BRIAN DAVIES-upright bass/vocals
Brian is a founding member of the TAMMIE award winning Crystal Ridge Bluegrass Band. Brian honed his skills in the LA. rock scene, and has done session work for A & M records, toured as an opening act for Peter Frampton, Missing Persons, and most recently opened concerts for Ralph Stanley, Sam Bush, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, with his various rock, bluegrass and zydeco bands. Brian has produced and engineered several CD projects for Arizona artists, and in 2008, co-produced and co-engineered a project with special guests Sam Bush, John Cowan, Roland White, Brad Davis, and Peter Mclaughlin. Brian has also engineered soundtracks for the local Tucson television programs "The Desert Speaks" and "Man Alive." First runner up in the “Bass” category for the Tucson TAMMIE Awards in 2004, Brian is a regular KXCI 91.3 FM community radio underwriter through his dental practice.