Hair of the Dog
Location: Rochester, MN
Hair of the Dog consists of Tracy Sonnier (acoustic guitar/vocals), Jeremy Jewell (electric guitar/vocals), Mike Nesbit (bass), Erik Henriksson (drums/electric guitar/vocals), Kirstin Kooda (accordian) and Whitney Gunhus (drums/vocals). The musicians are long-time fixtures on the local scene both as solo performers and with other bands, but found themselves band-less and looking for new people to play with in late 2014. They discovered through playing together that the blend of their individual styles made for a very interesting and eclectic sound which was unveiled to the public at their first public appearance together on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2014. A local music reviewer described the band as “vintage rock.” The show went over so well that they quickly were offered other gigs around town and have played just about every venue available since, including Kathy’s Pub, North Star Bar, The Half Barrel, The Tap House, The Doggery, Forager Brewery and many others, as well as local music festivals and block parties such as Eco Fest and Social Ice. Currently, Hair of the Dog is the house band at the Half Barrel, playing two standing gigs a month, along with most special occasions and holidays.
Each band member brings their own distinct musical taste and background to the picture which results in a very organic, rootsy style that is hard to pinpoint by using any specific genre name. During any given performance, the audience can expect to hear a wide variety of covers and original music, ranging anywhere from rock’n’roll such as The Beatles, Neil Young, Buddy Holly and The White Stripes, to funky dance numbers from Prince and Bill Withers, folk and old country songs from Johnny Cash and John Prine as well as blues, bluegrass and many other styles.
Hair of the Dog has two main songwriters, Tracy and Jeremy, who bring ideas to the band which has resulted in a hefty portion of original songs being played at most gigs, which has so far seen very warm receptions from their audience.