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Diggin' it! Phil Dirt and the Dozers dust off decades' musical treasures

December 13th, 2011 4:05 am by Staff Report

Diggin' it! Phil Dirt and the Dozers dust off decades' musical treasures

Phil Dirt and the Dozers will perform a holiday version of their rock 'n' roll musical revue Saturday at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville. Show time is 7:30 p.m.


   Folks tend to get a little nostalgic around the holidays, and Phil Dirt and the Dozers are happy to take them on a musical journey back in time.

   The Dozers’ vintage rock ‘n’ roll revue covers some of the most recognizable songs from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s — from The Four Seasons’ “Sherry” (with the original falsetto vocals intact) to the Righteous Brothers’ hauntingly beautiful “Unchained Melody” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” to Roy Orbison’s iconic “Pretty Woman.”

   Audiences can boogie on the beach with The Beach Boys and Jan and Dean or kick back and listen to the Platters’ soul-stirring “Only You,” performed with all the scratches and skips found on a well-worn 33 1/3 record. The Phil Dirt time machine also stops in the ’70s, revisiting some of that decade’s greatest hits from names like the Doobie Brothers, Grand Funk Railroad, The Eagles and the O’Jays.

   Phil Dirt and the Dozers will perform a special Christmas version of their rock ‘n’ roll revue Saturday at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville. Curtains up is 7:30 p.m.

   The guys will treat listeners to some of their favorite holiday tunes, including “White Christmas,” “Christmas Song,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” just to name a few.

   Phil Dirt and the Dozers features Steve Cabot, Mark Frye, Tony Alfano, Craig Goodwin, Hadden Sayers and Tony Mc-Clung.

   A founding member of the group, Cabot plays guitar, percussion, keyboards, sax and drums. He can emulate the vocal styles of such beloved musical artists as Roy Orbison, Mike Love of the Beach Boys, Frankie Valli and Elvis.

   Frye has the most formal musical education of all the group’s members. The Dozers’ primary keyboardist, he also plays saxophone, flute and bass guitar, and sings. Frye works in other facets of the music business as well, including arranging, engineering, production and composing.

   A native of New York, Alfano has sung and played guitar for a number of groups, including the U.S. Army Band. An avid Beach Boys fan as well as a lover of oldies and classic rock, Alfano has performed on stage with such groups as The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, the Temptations and more.

   Goodwin has been a professional musician for more than 30 years. He is the Dozers’ bass player but also lends his talents on guitar, piano and vocals. He brings such artists as Buddy Holly, John Fogerty, Ricky Nelson and The Beatles to life on stage.

   Born and raised in Nacogdoches , Texas, Sayers began playing the guitar as a teen and was immersed in live music as he earned his journalism degree at Texas A&M University. Sayers moved to Austin, Texas, and played the blues with the legendary B.B. King and his rhythm section, Silent Partners before beginning his own band in 1993. After five CDs and touring the U.S. and several foreign countries, he settled in Columbus, Ohio, in 2005.

   McClung grew up near Flatwoods, W.Va., listening to country and bluegrass music, but would sneak out whenever the chance arose to listen to the Beach Boys and the other rock ‘n’ roll bands his parents didn’t like. McClung has performed on many TV and radio commercials for companies such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Goodyear, Cooper Tires, Tide and others.

   Tickets to Saturday’s show are $30 for adults and $10 for students. The Pick 4 or More series and group rate is $25.50.

   For tickets or more information, call the NPAC box office at (423) 638-1679 or visit w w w. g r e e n e v i l l e n p a c . c o m .
Courtesy of Phil Dirt and the Dozers

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