You may know seasoned veterinarian Dr. Dan Meakin of All Creatures Animal Hospital because he did surgery on your dog or treated your sick bearded dragon. Or, maybe you have seen him on stage at a local festival or winery over the last 8 years with or without his band “The Stray Dogs”. But lately he has been doing some late-night recording and producing on his original recording project, “Pass it on”. Dr. Dan has wanted to record some of his original music for years, so he began production on ‘Pass It On’ this fall, and he is now excited to promote the new album with an open release party, February 2nd - 9pm at the Southgate House Revival in Newport, KY.
For guitar enthusiasts, ‘Pass It On’ has the added appeal that Stray Dog’s lead guitarist happens to be renowned music man, Scotty Anderson. Scotty has made a name for himself in his own modest way. The Kentucky-grown guitarist is recognized internationally as one of the ‘Greatest Players of All Time’ by Guitar player magazine, and he is listed as one of the ‘greatest guitarists that you have never heard of’. That is not true if you’re a local music lover or musician, as Scotty is well known for his virtuosity. Scotty is a ‘musician’s musician’ and often appears on the works of more sophisticated players, but he’s been the lead guitarist for the Stray Dogs for 7 years now. Dan says of Anderson, “I feel totally privileged to share the stage with Scotty over the last few years. Scotty has been a great role model for my guitar playing; he is truly the best of the best.”
‘Pass It On’ is a fun, musical look at life from a veterinarian’s perspective, and the songs are truly written with animal lovers in mind. “Learning From My Hound” and “My Dog Loves Me”, are upbeat songs about man’s best friend which remind us that dogs often seem to have insight that we sometimes overlook as mere humans. Meakin’s version of John Shipe’s “Pit Bull Blues” gives the breed a chance to tell their story and defend their reputation. This great tune makes light that Pit Bulls have the blues because they are misunderstood and judged, when in reality the breed longs to be a people-pleasing, loving pet. There are also a few more serious songs on the album, most notably ‘Johnny C.’ and ‘Planter of the Seeds’. These 2 songs are dedications to friends and mentors of Dan’s – some of the very people who taught him to ‘pass it on’ in his own life.
The best thing about ‘Pass It On’ is all that all profits from the album will go to help animals. Friends of Noah (FON) non-profit animal shelter was founded 12 years ago by Dr.s Dan and his wife Dr. Linda Meakin. The Meakins provide the building facilities in Amelia, which offers medical care and housing for around 20 dogs and 25-30 cats. “They are always full, and we are hoping that CD sales and more gigs for the band will trigger more donations or recognition for the FON shelter. We’re just strumming for strays!” laughs Meakin.