Featured Band Flea Bitten Dawgs
A Short Flea Bitten Dawgs Biography.
The Flea Bitten Dawgs came together as a group after a recording that was a video promotion for a benefit for KDHX 88.1 Community Radio in St. Louis, MO in February 2010. The rendition we performed of Irving Berlin’s Russian Lullaby was done with a couple of day’s rehearsal and David playing a ukulele he borrowed from Thom as he didn’t own or play one at that time! The video has had over 10,000 hits on Youtube! Since the band came together, we have played in 9 states, have radio airplay on 7 stations including one on the big island in Hawaii, released three CD’s and have had over 40,000 views on videos we have on youtube as well as fan’s video’s. There was a mini-documentary filmed by a PBS station on Thom’s involvement with the ukulele in St. Louis, plus being featured in the documentary “UWC V: A Field Guide” about the Ukulele World Congress. We have shared the stage with Gerald Ross, Victoria Vox, Brook Adams, Cali Rose, Donna Frost, Peter Moss, Stuart Fuch. We have played together with Gerald Ross, Brook Adams, and David Gans from The Grateful Dead Hour. When opening for Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia band Thom was asked to play with them for part of their set. Thom is also the founder and music director for the Whole Earth Nuclear Ukulele Orchestra which is playing our 6th yearly benefit show in 2015.
David Henry Spangler “Daviddawg” (St. Louis, MO) – Vocal/ Ukulele. David has played instruments since 1961. He plays many string instruments such as Ukulele, guitar, Bass, and Mandolin. His rich vocal style can croon a tune out of the 30’s or bring in a little reedy sound to a tune reminiscent of Willie Nelson. David’s ukulele playing is strong in swinging the rhythm with well thought out chords. It is hard to believe the color from just four strings!
Thom Pallozola “Thomdawg” (St. Louis, MO) – Ukulele/ Vocals. Thom started playing guitar in 1962 and started on the ukulele in 1964 on an old 1920 banjo ukulele. He also plays many string instruments including Ukulele, Guitar, Bass, Banjo, dulcimer, Mouthbow, and Autoharp. Thom plays lead in the group. He plays a simple line, hoping the melodic ideas capture people more than a gazillion notes would.
Lee Kram “Mountaindawg” (Waynesville, NC) – Percussion. Lee has played percussion since his youth. Early on with his playing he assembled a percussion set designed for acoustic shows and has been in demand ever since. Lee has a feel for the music which transcends “keeping the beat” and tends to work his playing by adding color and subtle shadings to the music. He is truly part of the ideas coming from the stage. Lee and Thom have played in various groups for over 30 years.
Contact Thom Pallozola at: firstname.lastname@example.org