Sleepin’ Dogz is comprised of singer-songwriter / acoustic rhythm guitarist Jeannie Blatus and lead guitarist Leo Burke. Their sound blends a blues injected rock groove with pop flavored jazz . Jeannie’s songs are intimate and sometimes uncomfortably honest. Her voice and performance echoes the passion of Beth Hart combined with the soulful blues stylings of Bonnie Raitt. Very diverse, one moment she conjures up the vein-popping, sweaty, powerful rock siren within, then it’s a healthy dose of sweet, smooth, and sultry. Hook laden and catchy, her songs are the kind you find yourself singing all day.
Leo Burke’s guitar work adds an edgy excitement to the music. His poignant playing tastefully weaves throughout the songs. His leads are melodic and suggest another vocalist harmonizing with Jeannie. Influenced by rock fusion guitarist such as Steve Morse and Jeff Beck, Leo’s close relationship with his instrument (guitar that is) gives him the ability to rip out a face melting lead or gently seduce with a beautiful melody.
Their mutual love of music grew into a love for each other that is undeniably evident on stage. Together they put on a passionate performance. They initially built a strong, creative bond while performing previously in Vero Beach, Florida based Rock band, 4 Steps Closer. Sleepin’ Dogz released their self-titled CD in 2005 with rave reviews. The project was a compliation of songs recorded with members of 4SC, Sheldon Shrum(bass & backup vocals), John Aughinbaugh(drums) and guest percussionist Kevin Lureau combined with a number of all acoustic tracks. They are currently in the studio recording and self producing their second LP with the projected release being early Spring of 2008. Nationally touring for over 5 years, they have developed a loyal and ever-growing fan base.
Festivals and Notable Clubs:
Mesa Park Amphitheater, FL
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, FL
Sandy Shoes Festival, FL
Indian River County Center for the Arts, FL
Indian River County Fair Grounds, FL
Downtown Clematis Street Festival, FL
Dodger Stadium, FL
Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival, FL
Budweiser True Music Concert Series
The Deland Original Music Festival, FL
The Famous Bluebird Café, Nashville, TN
The Bitter End, New York, NY
Opened for Major Label Artists:
The Romantics * Blue County * David Olney * Big 10-4 * Jake Owen
Performed with Nationally Touring Indie Artists:
Boxelder * Doorway 27 * SideCar/Dynaride * Amy Steinberg * Rudy * Justin Beckler * Milka * Lorna Bracewell
2002 Jeannie Blatus Finalist in Suwannee River Spring Fest Songwriter’s Competition
2004 Winners of the Budweiser True Music Battle of the Bands
2004 “Pick of the Week” 104.1 Real Radio FM
Three songs of their CD entitled “Soon…”, recorded with 4 Steps Closer, are featured in the independent film
2003 Brevard Live Magazine November
"contains the classic feel of Bonnie Raitt and Fleetwood Mac while maintaining a new millennium edge.”
2004 Brevard Live Magazine December
“has the freshness of early alternative.”
2004 Ft. Pierce Tribune
”Blatus is a powerfully, emotive vocalist.”
2006 The Local Buzz Magazine
"Leo Burke’s emotional playing makes itself evident throughout the songs."
"The vocals and musical arrangments are very listenable."
"an amazingly talented duo"
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phone: (772) 913-1177 email: email@example.com , website: www.sleepindogz.com