Those who were worried that they’d heard the last from the Lost Dog Street Band and/or their frontman Benjamin Tod, you’ll be happy to learn they’re not done yet. On the contrary, they have just announced a new tour, and also say that a new album will not be far behind.
Instead of disbanding, the Lost Dog Street Band has in fact expanded its lineup for the upcoming tour. Along with Benjamin Tod, wife Ashley Mae on fiddle, and Jeff Loops on upright bass, they will also be bringing along Ben Duvall on drums and Tebbs Karney on pedal steel guitar.
“I am excited to share our new full band on the road. Adding Ben on drums and Tebbs on pedal steel opens me up so much for expression,” says Tod. “I’ve had to hold back so much the last few years in hindsight. Being able to really pull back on my guitar playing allows me to focus in on my vocals. It helps when I’m on stage now that I can actually feel the music and get into the music being played.”
Last year ahead of Benjamin Tod releasing his solo album Songs I Swore I’d Never Sing, he signaled that he’d be taking a step away from music and the Lost Dog Street Band specifically, wanting instead to focus more on family and community.
“The older I get the more I care about my community and my family and the less I care about performing and interacting with the larger world. There are a lot of reasons for this change in my priorities,” Tod said at the time. “After 2022 I will be taking a step away from touring and being a public figure in the capacity I have been. I will continue to write, make music videos and give my 2 cents from time to time, but I have to take a step back and decide what the next step is for me…”
But the songs Tod still had in his arsenal just didn’t feel like solo material, or something to leave on the sidelines. “After recording my solo album, I looked over all the songs that I had ready for a new record. These were songs for my band. I had to admit to myself that I wasn’t done with Lost Dog.”
Tod also realized that he could use music to serve his goals in helping his community as well. They recently auctioned off numerous items to benefit the Muhlenberg Music Mission, a non-profit organization that provides instruments and lessons to children in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.
Raised in Cottonwood, Tennessee, Benjamin Tod met Ashley Mae in Muhlenberg County when they were both still teenagers, playing music in a band called Barefoot Surrender, and eventually forming the Lost Dog Street Band in 2010, coined after the couple’s beloved labrador Daisy. This decidedly underground band eventually grew to national and international prestige in part by Benjamin Tod’s appearances on GemsOn VHS, with his song “Using Again” now receiving over 13 million views.
Tickets for the new tour are on sale now, and stay tuned for info on upcoming music.
April 18 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
April 19 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
April 20 – Pittsburgh, PA – Thunderbird Cafe and Music Hall
April 21 – Columbus, OH – The Bluestone
April 23 – Morgantown, WV – Metropolitan Theatre
April 24 – Rochester, NY – The Essex
April 26 – Portland, ME – State Theatre
April 27 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Ballroom
April 29 – Boston, MA – Royale
May 1 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 3 – Philadelphia, PA – Brooklyn Bowl – Philadelphia
May 4 – Washington, DC – The Howard
May 5 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
May 8 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm
May 10 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
May 11 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
May 12 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse