Lost Dog Street Band

Lost Dog Street Band formed in the winter of 2010 after husband-and-wife duo Benjamin Tod (guitarist/vocalist) and Ashley Mae (fiddle player) parted ways with former musical project Barefoot Surrender. Originally conceived as a duet, Benjamin and Ashley quickly dedicated themselves to carrying the tradition of the American troubadour - hopping trains and hitchhiking across country while delivering their unique brand of original songwriting and tragic storytelling.

In the summer of 2011, while performing on the streets of Nashville, Tennessee, Benjamin and Ashley met Nicholas and Shannon Ridout, two skilled musicians traveling from the Pacific Northwest. Immediately inspired by each other’s music, the two groups began writing collaboratively and soon formed the band Spit Shine. The four musicians quickly built a friendship stronger than family, and together poured their blood and sweat into the music of Spit Shine. For the next two years Lost Dog Street Band took a hiatus, until Nicholas’s tragic death in the spring of 2013.

Pushing through the sorrow at the loss of their best friend, Lost Dog Street Band was resurrected with a fervency. Now doing very little street performing, Lost Dog Street Band tours the country each year, delivering their story through song in venues nationwide. In 2017 Lost Dog completed a national tour supporting The Devil Makes Three playing some of the oldest and largest theatres in America. Most recently, the group tours regularly appearing coast to coast in venues nationwide. Along the way they keep Nicholas’s work alive by sharing his music at the end of every show they play.

Drawing from years of lonely tramping, and more than one tragic loss, Lost Dog Street Band has crafted a distinct sound that is best described as ‘dark country’ that never wavers from its roots and honors the traditions of its forbearers. In the same vein as country-legend Guy Clark, Benjamin Tod weaves his melodies and lyrics together to offer listeners an unapologetically raw and authentic account of the human experience.

Lost Dog Street Band has since relocated from home base in Tennessee to Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. They are currently homesteading eleven acres of raw land.

Arlo McKinley has been busy building a name for himself as an honest singer songwriter that deserves to be heard ever since his self titled release in 2014 with his backing band "The Lonesome Sound".

Crossing genres of folk/rock/indie and soul music, the mission of writing truthful and honest songs always remains the same. Being Billed alongside musicians such as John Moreland, Jason Isbell, Tyler Childers, Justin Townes Earl and many others have helped Arlo McKinley get his name outside of the local Cincinnati scene and have gained him fans across the states and across the pond.

Arlo McKinley and The Lonesome Sound will release their sophomore album "Die Midwestern Vol 1" in the summer of 2018 in hopes to grow their following and to become a house hold name in the "Americana" scene.

Matt Heckler

Having played guitar since age eleven, I began writing my own songs for the first time in freshman year of high school, and playing open mics. I played on and off with various punk bands through high school, but those bands came and went. Now performing solo, as well as playing guitar in indie rock band Dangerpaw. I have been writing for as long as I can remember, and have been doing it professionally since the middle of 2012, having covered topics as wide ranging as baseball, sci-fi, teen culture, and literature.

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