Meet the Band


Gigs & Venues


Music & Words


On Our Minds


Connections

Robin Rourke
Robin

• Guitars (lots of'em)
• Vocals
• Songwriter
• aka Robdog

Meet Robin
Kevon Cottrell
• Guitar
• Vocals
• Song Writer
• aka Kevmutt

Kevon

Meet Kevon
Tom Knowlton
Leo

• Drums
• aka Boatdog
Meet Tom
Phil Missimore
• Bass
• Electric Guitar
• Vocals
• Songwriter
• aka Phillydog
Phil

Meet Phil


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Robin West Rourke (12-string, six-string, classical/flamenco, steel and Dobro guitars, vocals, songwriter)
Robin

Robin has been playing guitar since 1958. He started out in a bluegrass band in high school, and got into a folk/jug band whilst attending college in the Midwest, but typical for folkies, Robin was heavily influenced by the British Invasion of the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. He also became an early admirer of the Doors and Cream. When Bob Dylan made his "electric" breakthrough, the idea of a folk singer that had a band behind him really got Robin’s creative juices flowing. From his surfing days in Southern California, he says surf guitar was also an influence “in the way they used sparse melodies rather than the ton-of-notes on the guitar of other styles of music.” Throughout all the groups he has played with he has always felt that his role was “to embellish the music that was going on-to fill the holes.” After settling in Half Moon Bay in the 70s, he hooked up for several years with Kevon as a back-up guitarist for Free & Easy. After a stint as a steel and guitar player for a country copy band, Robin joined forces with Kevon again a few years ago to focus on their own acoustic-based music. Soon after Phil joined the group, adding his own music, they all realized that Free & Easy had evolved into something new: Blame it on the Dog. "Music has come full circle from rockabilly, to the Beatles, to acid rock and disco, from punk to grunge, all the way around to acoustic music again. If you hang in there, believe in what you’re doing, chances are that music will come back around to you again."













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Kevon Cottrell (Guitar, vocals, songwriter)
Kevon

NOTE: Kevon has learned a lot from the band. Playing music since the 60's (and remembering it) Kevon has seen the music scene go from the acoustic-based folk groups of the early 60s, to the electric folk-rock groups of the late 60s and early 70s. He then watched the dark ages of disco spread over live music like a pall, only to see the forces of good bring the universe back into harmony with a resurgence of acoustic based folk/rock in the 90s. What a long strange trip it's been. In founding the predecessor to BIOTD (called Free & Easy) in 1973, he started a 35+ year relationship with Robin Rourke that sometimes “feels like a family feud.” Music styles came and went but the music went on. Kevon calls his songwriting style "melodic with a dance beat,” though he is first to admit to being "musically schizophrenic"; "I listen for, and try to write, good songs-not a particular musical genre." This could also explain his diverse influences-from John Stewart (of the Kingston Trio), Country Joe McDonald, The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, and Jimmy Buffet to Carlos Jobim, Boz Scaggs, John Hiatt and Van Morrison. After a 40+ year career playing guitar and singing at “assorted bars, concerts and parties,” Kevon feels that the lineup in the current Blame it on the Dog brings together "the right ingredients for a musical feast." We each add a part that when stirred together, makes a tasty dish." Kevon looks forward to many more years on "life support" with the band. Kevon also finds writing in the second person harder than tying a shoelace yet easier than changing the generator on a '63 VW beetle.














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Tom Knowlton (Drums)
Leo

Tom is a man of few words. And we won't put any here until he is ready.













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Phil Missimore (Bass, electric guitar, vocals, songwriter)
Phil

The newbie of BIOTD, Phil joined the band a little over 10 years ago, after moving up to the Bay area from Los Angeles. He has balanced his work in high-technology journalism and communications with stints in LA-based bands that played everything from originals to disco covers--"and I survived." He also admits to surviving childhood accordion lessons, and his musical interests were re-kindled by the Beatles and the British Invasion of the 1960s. Paul McCartney was the first bass player to really inspire Phil--"even on crummy little stereos you could hear how McCartney moved every song along". From there, rock bassists such as Jack Bruce of Cream and Chris Squire of Yes, and jazz bassists such as Jaco Pastorious and Ron Carter expanded his vision for what a bassist could add to a group's sound. He also plays electric guitar on some songs, "and it adds to my sense of melody and harmonic spacing on the bass. Different instruments, different roles, but it broadens my thinking on both." He adds that joining BIOTD was "totally serendipitous. I was ready to just explore the local singer-songwriter scene on the Coast when I got a chance to play with Robin and Kevon. And there I was carrying a bass again. It's fun to face the challenge of developing the right bass grooves in the context of great songs with strong vocals."