The Party Is Underway…

We bring back Great American Music!

Madison, WI’s newest “old school” band is ready to rock. And roll, swing, jump and jive! All the elements of the Great American Music we grew up with.

The Dawg Bones is a trio of veteran area musicians and entertainers. We are devoted to keeping classic popular music alive and kicking.

So many bands in the area are doing their own “thing,” whether it’s original music, narrowly focused niche formats, or straight rigid devotion to a single style. The three of us got an itch to start cranking out a smorgasbord of classic material we call, “Great American Music,” which is explained in greater detail below.

Here now with the extensive library in guitarist Steve Oasen’s head, the rock steady back beat of drummer Todd “Farmboy” Thompson, and the audacity of Carl Gitchel’s rockabilly bass, The Dawg Bones present a refreshing new look at the ol’ classics you know and love!

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We put this project together in the late summer of 2017 and we’re constantly adding to our performance schedule. Hopefully we’ll be coming to a bar, brewery or house of ill repute near you very soon!

In the meantime feel free to check out our Facebook page and see some of the videos we’ve put up on YouTube. As we get all the links and tags and other website-y chores finished we’ll let you know so you can come back and see what we’ve done.

If you’d rather see and hear us—as opposed to just reading about it here—we have several dates already lined up for 2020!

If you have a party coming up, or a bar, winery, brewery or other fun place looking for even more fun, contact us today— before our dance card fills up!

We look forward to entertaining you!

Upcoming Shows:


Saturday, June 20—Fisher King Winery, Verona, 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Wednesday, June 24—East Side Club, Madison, 5:30 to 8:30 PM

Sunday, June 28—Attica Bar, Attica, 3:00 to 6:00 PM

***Tuesday, June 30—All Stop Car Cruise, Lodi, 6:00 to 8:00 PM*** Moved to Aug. 18!

Saturday, July 4—Bailey’s Run Vineyard, New Glarus, 3:00 to 6:00 PM

Sunday, July 5—The Hop Garden, Paoli, 1:00 to 4:00 PM

Friday, July 17—The Thirsty Beaver, Beaver Dam, 7:00 to 11:00 PM (Outside!)

Saturday, July 18—The Ott Haus, New Glarus, 8:00 to 11:00 PM

Saturday, August 1—The Hop Haus, Verona, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Sunday, August 23—The Hop Garden, Paoli, 1:00 to 4:00 PM

Tuesday, August 18—All Stop Car Cruise, Lodi, 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Friday, August 28—The Thirsty Beaver, Beaver Dam, 7:00 to 11:00 PM (Outside!)

October 4—The Hop Garden, Paoli, 1:00 to 4:00 PM


What Do You Mean By “Great American Music”?


Certain styles of music are uniquely American. Among these are rockabilly, country, early rock-‘n-roll, western swing and blues. This is the gritty, down to earth, bare-bones type of music this band chooses to perform. Guitar, bass, and drums. That’s all you really need.

For over fifteen years we three have been jamming with The Red Hot Horn Dawgs—Madison’s Party Band! Although there are some crossover tunes in The Dawg Bones’ book, most of what you’ll hear will be a different style of musical fun. We bring Johnny Cash, The Stray Cats, Chuck Berry, Buck Owens, Elvis, John Fogerty, Fats Domino and more to the party!

We’re a little different from other bands who cover these artists. Sure, we play the standard tunes you’d expect. But we toss in numbers you may not have heard in a long time. When was the last time you heard a band play Johnny Cash’s 25 Minutes To Go? Or Buddy Holly’s Rave On?  Does anyone else besides us and The Horn Dawgs attempt John Fogerty’s Centerfield?

We have received a lot of positive feedback from audiences for the music we pull from “modern” regional bands. Hillbilly Casino and BR5-49 are a couple of groups making great music we think you’d love to hear.

Meet The Guys:

Carl Gitchel—Upright Bass

Carl’s been a bass player all of his life, but until the summer of 2017 all of that was done on a tuba. It’s hard to play a tuba and sing at the same time so he picked up an upright bass and took rockabilly slap lessons from one of Brian Setzer’s bass players. The result is a style of play not common in the Madison area. Between that and Carl’s years of experience fronting The Horn Dawgs everybody’ll have a great time!


Steve Oasen—Guitar

For forty-plus years Steve has been serenading Madison with the kind of music The Dawg Bones specialize in playing. In addition to his time with The Horn Dawgs he led Swing Shift around the Madison bar circuit for a couple of decades. He’s thrilled the other two guys wanted to re-introduce this kind of music to the area. Nobody around here has more experience playing this style than Steve.

Todd Thompson—Drums

As a charter member of The Horn Dawgs Todd has played about every style of percussion playing known to man. Unlike many other drummers—who tend to specialize—Todd plays everything from rock to swing, to theatrical. His passion is the intensely challenging progressive rock style. He sees The Dawg Bones as a unique opportunity—playing a complimentary back beat for the other two players with a minimal bare “Bones” drumming setup.

How We Got Here

For almost fifteen years Carl has been making frequent visits to the honky tonks of Lower Broadway in Nashville, TN.

Although steeped in the tradition of country music there is a wide variety of music to sample on the dozens of stages between 3rd and 5th Avenues. And it’s all being played by professional musicians who earn their money passing a tip jar during their performances! Staying in tune with what the people want is key to their success—and livelihood!

After watching these groups for years and bringing back (all right, outright stealing) ideas for the benefit of the Horn Dawgs, Carl wanted to present a show closer to what you might actually find if you took a trip to Music City yourself: a small band which can fit inside the space of your spare bedroom, fun music you can dance to, clap your hands, and sing along with, and exhibit personality that makes the show a fun time for everybody!

We also look forward to playing places a larger band can’t fit, such as smaller bars and other places in the area where live music is played.

Feel free to contact us (info is below,) to see if we’re a fit for your venue or event!


Phone: 608-620-4084