Cabin Dogs Inhabit Their Characters For ‘On The Creek’

Singer-songwriters and twin brothers, Rich and Rob Kwait, have performed as Cabin Dogs since the early 2000s and will release their latest LP, On The Creek, on May 12th, 2023. The thirteen song album is the duo’s sixth full length release and was recorded in a cabin between Lake Cayuga and Lake Seneca in upstate New York. 

Based in the Greater Philadelphia area, the brothers have escaped to the same house in this secluded location every six months or so over a three-year period (including the pandemic) to work on the music that became On The Creek

Rob Kwait shares:

The songs on this record have a bittersweet quality. There’s darkness, but never a loss of hope. There’s also a theme of keeping it simple… that life might be tough, but you just gotta get home for supper time.

Usually, we need to get away to create as we find that it not only helps us focus, and hash things out in our own way, but it also solidifies the batch of songs. We feel invested in the songs, as they embody the experience of leaving our day to day lives. There’s a mind-trick at play. For the time we are away, we can think of ourselves as different people or different  versions of ourselves. It helps us create and inhabit the characters of the songs.

On The Creek was produced by the Kwait Brothers and features performances from drummer Ron DiSilvestro, pedal and lap steel player Isaac Stanford, mandolin player Adam Monaco, pianist David Streim, keyboardist John Hildenbrand and vocalist Christina Kubiak. Rich Kwait was responsible for most of the lead vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion, piano and organ, while Rob handled vocals, bass, banjo and percussion.

The album was recorded at the Bee House on Taughannock Creek (Trumansburg, NY) and at The Cabin (Merion Station, PA) with mixing by Ron DiSilvestro of RDS Music, and mastering by Phil Nicolo of Studio 4.

Upcoming Shows:

May 21     The Music Salon Presented by Andrea Clearfield     Philadelphia, PA
June 3       Bryn Mawr Concert Series at the Gazebo                Bryn Mawr, PA*
June 24     Battleship NJ Craft Brewers Festival                        Camden, NJ
August 1    White’s Road Park Concert Series                           Lansdale, PA
*supporting Lucy Kaplansky

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