“THIS IS THE BENCHMARK THAT EMERGING AND ESTABLISHED ARTISTS SHOULD BE AIMING TO ACHIEVE...” (MAVERICK)
Twin brothers, Rich and Rob Kwait, keep their bond through music writing, recording, and playing. Through the twists and turns of daily life outside of Philadelphia, PA, these two brothers keep coming back to their roots—a cabin, their dogs and some time together to produce Mountain Sun (Crippled Hound)—another solid country-roots-groove record set for release in April 2018.
"It probably started back around 1982," explains Rich. "Playing wiffle ball and listening to Pink Floyd from a boom box, making tape after tape of song snippets, debating the good parts, the hook, the bridge, crossing genres—country, singer-songwriter, psychedelic stuff—driving our friends crazy."
Fast forward to 1998, the brothers bought a six-track recorder and headed up to Au Sable Forks NY to put some ideas down. They came away with enough material to fill two original records under the name Kwait Brothers Band (2000's Hillside and 2002’s Outland Disco). "We still play a ton of those songs live today. Those first two records are how we recruited the band. They were fans."
In 2005, the brothers headed up to Woodstock, NY to write a new batch of songs and record it with Professor Louie (The Band, Rick Danko). The album, Electric Cabin, under the new name CABIN DOGS, garnered praise in Americana circles, and the brothers were compared to a Robertson-Danko team / sound.
After that, the brothers, built their home studio and produced Midnight Trail (2011) bringing it all back home. And with their newest release, Mountain Sun (recorded at home and in make-shift cabin studios in rural New York) they are finally starting to get the attention they deserve. Cabin Dogs' music explores the space between regret and hope and the search for beauty in unlikely places. Mountain Sun is probably the closest the brothers have come to capturing this on record.
The first single from the album, ‘On the Road’, is being compared to prime Neil Young and fans of the band are pleased. They've just come off a record pre-launch show with Larry Campbell and Theresa Williams with a full schedule lined up for the spring and summer.