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Poi Dog Pondering


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Hawaii, United States (1985 – present)

Poi Dog Pondering is an American musical group, noted for its cross-pollination of diverse musical genres, including various forms of acoustic folk music, and electronic music. Founded in Hawaii in 1985 around the creative vision of lead singer-songwriter Frank Orrall, the band moved to Austin, Texas in 1987, where they recorded their first three albums. In 1992, the band (with ever-evolving membership) relocated once again, this time to Chicago, Illinois, and began to incorporate elements of house music into their style.

Orrall took the band’s pop folk direction into electronic & ambient house music in the later 1990’s ,but has since returned to explore the soft rock, folk, country & soul influences that gave the band it’s initial audience on the indie Texas Hotel imprint and eventual major label contract with Columbia/Sony in the late 1980’s.

Poi Dog Pondering “the little big band with the strong back and supple/stubborn heart” has been following its intuition for 20 years. From bohemian street buskers to impossible-to-market major label sacrificial lambs, PdP have ripened into staunchly independent musical voyagers. Every sound that has excited them flows through their music and floods it with ever changing colors - acoustic, folk, global music, big band disco, electronic textures, orchestral collaborations, ROCK and SOUL - threaded with lyrics that embrace both the beauty and pain that life can bring.


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