Lost Dog Found is an 8 piece mini-big band who have been on the forefront of the current neo-swing revival around Northern California since 2010, evolving the sound of jump blues into a contemporary, high energy mix of swing, New Orleans soul, and rockabilly that sounds anything but dated. They've appeared at countless festivals, clubs, and dance halls throughout California, and their lively and crowd interactive performances are always remembered as being raucous smile makers.
Some of their appearances include the Fillmore Jazz Festival, Sacramento Swing Time, the Midtown Stomp, the Petaluma Music Festival, the featured act at the DNA Lounge with the world famous Hubba Hubba Revue, Cafe Du Nord, the Uptown Club. They've also held the distinction of being the #1 indie blues band in the world from October 2011-February 2012 on Jango.com's indie band charts.
Lost Dog Found was really born in the spring of 1998... that's when Stevie Mac first heard Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's "You & Me & The Bottle Makes Three" not long after his band had, well, disbanded. The swing revival came, the swing revival died, and the music scene went back to whatever the radio stations were being force fed to play. He went on to start his music publishing company and focused on making a living writing and licensing music. Even though he did some work for Disney/IBM/O'Reilly Media, there was a fire smoldering inside his musical brain for songs that he wanted to hear that just were not getting made. So he began writing and arranging a handful of songs with the idea of updating the sound of swing into more of a rowdy jump blues, high energy sort of sound.
10 years later, Lost Dog Found saw it's first light of day when Stevie Mac, Kyle Pesonen, and original LDF bassist Jeff Moon met at a rehearsal studio in San Rafael, CA. After a few hours of throwing out musical ideas and one really bad rendition of "Rock This Town," they decided this might work, but would need a singer, cuz no one was going to pay any money to see either of them belt out a tune.
With that idea in place, the band somehow managed to work together for months without a singer, until Stevie and Chris Hudlow, old childhood friends, reconnected via Facebook. Chris was invited to try out as a tenor sax player, and Chris suggested himself as a the possible singer. It was clear from the first song that Chris was going to be the voice for Lost Dog Found, a blend of fiery blues with classic soul that fit Lost Dog Found's sound perfect. Not only that, he could also really wail on the tenor sax. Sometimes life is just serendipitous.
The rest of the horn section came next... very slowly. Over 30 different individual horn players auditioned or played with Lost Dog Found at one time or another, some stayed for awhile before the band decided it wasn't going to work, some spent an uncomfortable two hours auditioning before they realized this band wasn't going to be playing Glenn Miller tunes. Nick Miller was the first to stick, literally trying out for the alto sax position with the tape rolling on their first recording. He passed the test apparently, because he keeps showing up at the shows.
Adam Borden on trumpet was next, who got wind of a hot swing band who couldn't find the right trumpet player. He showed up to audition looking like he had just rolled out of bed, but after hearing him play and talking with him for five minutes, it was clear this kid was the real deal. He keeps showing up too, and still hasn't purchased a comb.
Ray G followed shortly after, and honestly, there is no interesting story with him on how he became our bari sax player... and for awhile we couldn't figure out why he kept showing up. He answered a phone call, auditioned and was amazing, and it's been an explosion of sound and shows since that point until now. Randy Johnson has recently been playing more and more shows with the band also, including playing all the baritone sax parts on "The Jump Start Scandal"