Laney Lou & the Bird Dogs
October 1, 2021
241 South 500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Upcoming events at The Urban Lounge
The Bird Dogs have been taking their infectious sound on the road since 2013, supporting acts such as The Travelin' McCourys, The Steeldrivers, The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Jeff Austin Band, Amy Helm, Leftover Salmon, Town Mountain, and many more.
The most recent album from Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs, Through the Smoke, was recorded in February of 2021 at The Panoramic House in Stinson Beach, CA. This album is one of personal transformation. The concept of letting things go, processing past and current situations, and moving forward has been ever present in 2020-2021, as the world went through trials beyond words. Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs found a way to represent their journey through hardship, while also celebrating the silver linings and breakthrough moments in their lives. Through the Smoke brings energy to the darkness, and proves that resilience can get us through the hardest of times.
The Bird Dogs released a live self-titled studio album in 2016, recorded at Basecamp Studio in Bozeman. Their follow-up album, titled The Vigilante Session, was recorded live at a forest service cabin in the Ruby mountains. In 2019 Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs recorded their first full-length studio album, Sweet Little Lies, at Prairie Sun Records in Cotati CA. Their live album, Live at the Filling Station, was recorded in 2019 at the Filling Station in Bozeman MT and released in 2020.
Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs consists of Lena (Laney) Schiffer on vocals/guitar/percussion, Matt Demarais on vocals/banjo, Ethan Demarais on bass, Brian Kassay on fiddle/mandolin/harmonica, and Josh Moore on vocals/guitar.
"Their raw energy and authentic feel comes from the marvelous singing of vocalist Schiffer and lots of old-timey instrumental breaks infused with blues, country, and folk nuances."
-Mariss McTucker, Montana State of the Arts and Lively Times
"Their music is the pure, rollicking, breakneck type that conjures visions of packed barrooms, plenty of whiskey, uninhibited dancing, and lots of sweat."
-Melissa Mylchreest, Missoula Independent
"Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs seek musical evolution true to party-grass roots."
-Rachel Hergett, Bozeman Chronicle
"Kassay's sawing fiddle soars over Matt Demarais's banjo and vocals and Ethan Demarais's driving bass. Singer/guitarist Lena Schiffer's voice is both refined and sharp as a knife, and gives the band a sound of rustic mastery."
-Keegan Grady, MSU Exponent
"People don't go see Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs just to listen to their music. They go to watch them play because it's so much fun...you could mute them and still have a good time watching. But the music is great too. There are a lot of dynamics coming into play."
-Alex Koukov, Bozone Magazine