The Sonoran Dogs are (from left) Tyler James (banjo), Peter McLaughlin (guitar), Mark Miracle (mandolin), Brian Davies (bass).
The Sonoran Dogs are (from left) Tyler James (banjo), Peter McLaughlin (guitar), Mark Miracle (mandolin), Brian Davies (bass).

Bluegrass music is on tap when The Sonoran Dogs take the Arizona Senior Academy stage on Tuesday (Feb. 9) at 11:30 a.m.

Formed in 2011, The Sonoran Dogs are veteran musicians who play traditional bluegrass standards, new-grass, Americana, folk, Celtic, and original compositions. They have won over audiences at bluegrass festivals across California, Nevada, Colorado and Arizona.

Peter McLaughlin (guitar/vocals) is a National Flatpicking Champion who has toured nationally and internationally with the Laurie Lewis Band. In 2013, Peter was inducted into the Tucson Musicians’ Museum in the Bluegrass/Americana category.

Mark Miracle (mandolin/vocals) has won numerous mandolin competitions and has performed with a variety of bands. His band, Sawmill Road, has toured throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Tyler James (banjo/vocals) immersed himself in bluegrass music after receiving a banjo for his fifteenth birthday. Over the years he has won a number of banjo competitions including the Rockygrass Banjo Championship, Arizona Banjo Championship, and Huck Finn Banjo Championship.

Brian Davies (upright bass/vocals) honed his skills in the L.A. rock scene and has performed with rock, bluegrass and zydeco bands. He is a regular KXCI 91.3 FM community radio underwriter through his dental practice.

The ASA performance will feature an expanded lineup for The Sonoran Dogs, including Peter’s brother David McLaughlin (mandolin) and Hot Club of Tucson’s Nick Coventry (fiddle), as part of a tour with guest artist Dede Wyland (guitar/vocals), who has been called “the female voice of bluegrass.”

Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer

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The Sonoran Dogs Bring Bluegrass to the ASA: February 2016
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