"Robert J. is a songwriter's songwriter.
A man that can turn a phrase into a lyrical opus. He is
Southern Wisconsin's songwriting poet laureate."
Andy Ziehli - Americana Gazette
"The Revenge of the Rowdy Prairie Dogs" Leans heavily on Robert J's voice which sounds as if finely marinated in whiskey and smoke, the band has released a killer cd full of great music with all the flavors of Americana on its ingredient list."
Don Zelazny - Americana Roots
Our debut CD, The Revenge of the Rowdy Prairie Dogs has been named a finalist in the 8th annual Independent Music Awards for best Alt.Country Album.
The Rowdy Prairie Dogs play Americana Music. Bluesy, Country-Rocking, Storytelling, Swampy, Southern-style Americana music. But these are northern boys with a southern heart. Their music takes you on a journey down the Dixie Highway from one end of the Mississippi River to the other.
In the last year, Robert J. and The Rowdy Prairie have had quite a ride.
- Releasing 2 CDs on the same day in April.
-Winning 6 MAMA Awards including.. Best Country CD, Best Rock CD and Vocalist of the Year in May.
-"The Revenge of the Rowdy Prairie Dogs" CD is released to radio where it climbed to #19 on the Americana chart in Europe and to #14 on the Roots Rock Chart!
They've played shows with...
- The Carolina Chocolate Drops
- John Eddie
- John Michael Montgomery
- The BoDeans
- Curly Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
- The New Riders of the Purple Sage
- Steelbridge Song Festival
- Riverfront Rendezvous
The Rowdy Prairie Dogs are from Madison, Wisconsin and play original Americana songs written by award winning songwriter, Robert J. Over the years Robert has experienced several lifetimes worth of stories and tall tales which he conveys to the listener and is best summarized by reviewer Don Zelazny from Americana Roots Magazine "Robert J's voice sounds as if finely marinated in whiskey and smoke, the band has released a killer cd full of great music with all the flavors of Americana on its ingredient list."
Presently, The RPDs are working on their second record to be released in the late fall 2010. The title, "Hanging Out In Barland".
Stay tuned for more adventures of the Rowdy Prairie Dogs! Coming Soon!
The Rowdy Prairie Dogs are......
Robert J. - Singer/songwriter/guitar/harmonica
Tom Dehlinger - Pedal Steel, Lap steel, Dobro, Mando, guitar
Ron Granberg - Drums
Joe McCloskey - Bass, vocals
Michael Tully - Guitars, vocals