BIO

What started as a mountain retreat by two brothers (Rich and Rob Kwait), two dogs and a book of old murder ballads, would turn into a decade plus musical odyssey.  

CABIN DOGS—a six piece live band—blend original American country roots with a subtle 70's groove, creating a sound best compared to The Band, Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan with shades of Gillian Welch and Wilco. Inventive, rollicking, timeless and magical have described the band's four releases (two as Cabin Dogs and two as Kwait Brothers Band).

 

Playing stages that have included Newport Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival and Appel Farm Festival, the live sound of the CABIN DOGS compels melodious moon howling and strange dance moves not thought physically possible.

Band Members: Rob Kwait, Rich Kwait, Ira Race, Stephan DiVincenzo, Jeanine Reed, Jeff Levinsohn, Lee Schusterman


REVIEWS

Live Review:  Bryn Mawr Twilight Concerts  

The fullest sound I've ever put on stage in almost 30 years.  The band played for almost 2 hours straight, and........if you came here from Mars and had never heard of The Grateful Dead or Robbie Robertson and the Band and didn't know their tunes, and you listened to the Cabin Dogs cover their songs, and then listened to the Cabin Dogs' original tunes, you'd never know which songs were million sellers.  Their songs and singing are THAT GOOD!  David Broida, Director Bryn Mawr Twilight Concerts

 

Reviews for Midnight Trail

This is the benchmark that emerging and established artists should be aiming to achieve.... MAVERICK, 2011

Boogie rock and Balearic grooves seep from the gaps between the boards of a rickety farm in upstate New York. ‘Midnight Trail’ is a highly entertaining musical joyride. TUNERAKER, 2011

 ... with Midnight Trail, they've laid some serious groundwork for a long career.  BLURT, 2011

 .... You’ll be a better person for listening to this. The Big Takeover #69, 2011

 

Reviews for Electric Cabin

"Cabin Dogs succeed in crafting time-honored Americana tracks along the lines of The Band, Blue Rodeo and Wilco ... an interesting and consistently good release"  allmusic.com, 2007

"a gem of a recording....for those who revel in the laid-back ease of Rick Danko's material and San Francisco's early 70's heyday of Workingman's Dead ... Full of calibrated musical magic, Cabin Dogs look inward to find sturdy, shimmering compositional gold on Electric Cabin." Honest Tune, 2007

"The Cabin Dogs' newest release, Electric Cabin, is a pure joy to experience: at times sounding like classic groups Poco or The Band and at other times jam bands like Phish or Assembly of Dust. Their music is feel-good contagious and is sure to put a smile on your face and get your feet tapping...."  Brother Al, WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill Maine, 2007

Be prepared for a rollicking good time as the Kwait brothers and band takes you down the dusty country road where heartfelt tunes are backed by a wild beat that makes for a rustic rhythm bonanza!” Power of Pop [blog], 2007

".... Brothers Rich and Rob Kwait lead the band through music that is nostalgic for the Band, recalling Van Morrison, the Dead, and Neil Young, but music that also settles into today’s Jam Band groove and Country-influenced Rock swagger..... Close harmonies, horse gait rhythm, Western skylines, and dreamy friendship moments makes it “feel real good to be back together again."  Music Spectrum[blog], 2007

"[Cabin Dogs] play the kind of cool music that warms a room in a country setting....  Fangsum Hiss [blog], 2006

 Sharp, open-hearted songwriting  Popculturepress.com, 2006

“…experimental 70’s revival rock, like the Allman Brothers or Steely Dan. ... fresh and extremely well done...... Fun Time OK Blog, 2006

"Think of a contemporary look at groups like The Band and you get the idea as to what Cabin Dogs are all about..... “Cheyenne” has a great mountain or Appalachian music hue to it in the vein of Gillian Welch…." Pop Matters, 2006

"Shooter Jennings meets the Allman Brothers at a showing of The Last Waltz. I’ve always loved the looseness of The Band. It’s what I like to refer to as controlled chaos. The Stones have it as well and so do the Cabin Dogs…." Ear Candy Mag, 2006

"Cosmic fueled psychedelic jam rock ‘n’ roll in the vein of the Band and the Grateful Dead, “Electric Cabin” by Philadelphia’s Cabin Dogs is a mountain retreat of that past classic rock era.... extremely catchy tunes." Smother Magazine, 2006

"…an instantly loveable, near-perfect sound ... This one's going to make you want to drive down a country road to a lost swimming hole and enjoy summer to its fullest. For fans of The Band this is highly, highly recommended." Left Hip Magazine, 2006

"…it is musical quality that is the real story behind this CD.... Lyricism and musical quality are undeniably strong on Electric Cabin." Music-Critic.ca, 2006