The story starts in the early 80’s at Hedgen’s, a “country club for the spiritually impoverished and emotionally destitute” as chief songwriter Dan Baird would later identify it. Bassist Keith Christopher, drummer Mauro Magellan and guitarists Dan Baird and Rick Richards were all playing on the Atlanta circuit in various bar bands such as The Hellhounds, The Brains and The Woodpeckers. These bands would gradually morph into the original Georgia Satellites, who signed to same the same management company as country-rock pioneers, Jason & The Scorchers, more of whom later.
#1 fan and road manager Kevin Jennings, sold an EP of early Satellites records to an independent UK record label, Making Waves, who released them as the Keep The Faith ep. The ep provoked an extraordinary response from the UK music press, which, in turn, woke up the previously indifferent US music industry. Elektra records quickly signed them and their first single, Keep Your Hands To Yourself, became a runaway hit. It reached #2 on the singles chart and their eponymous debut album reached the same position on the album charts. Both album and single only being kept off their respective #1 slots by Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet and Livin’ On A Prayer. A second hit single, Battleship Chains consolidated their success.
Where the Satellites really earned their reputation though, was with their live shows. All those years of three sets a night, paid dividends laid waste to audiences across the States and particular, Europe, which took the band to it’s collective heart, a love affair that continues to this day.
Two more Elekra LP’s, Open All Night and the remarkable In The Land Of Salvation And Sin, plus a cover of The Singing Blue Jeans, Hippy Hippy Shake, on the Tom Cruise movie soundtrack, Cocktail followed, but by the early 90’s, all those years of incessant touring had taken their toll and the band split. Dan Baird went on to a successful solo career with Rick Rubin’s Def American, scoring major hits with the album Love Songs From The Hearing Impaired and the single I Love You Period. A second LP, the critically acclaimed Buffalo Nickel followed and Dan also developed as a career as a highly sought after producer.
The rhythm section on both solo albums were Keith Christopher (bass) and former Georgia Satellites drummer Mauro Magellan, the duo responsible for a large part of Dan’s trademark sound.
Jump to 2007 and the band was completed by Jason And The Scorchers founder member and guitarist extraordinaire, Warner E. Hodges. The quartet released their debut album in 2008, championed by Alan Jones (Uncut), Scott Rowley (Classic Rock) and Bob Harris.
The band appeared at the Sweden Rock festival in 2009 and Hard Rock Hell in 2011 and 2012. In 2012 they headlined the prestigious Kilkenny Festival in Ireland. They have established an annual series of concerts in London that attract fans from all around the world.
In 2013, Circus Life, the long awaited follow up to the debut album, was released and attracted great reviews across Europe. The album was also their first CD to get a full USA release and their first album to album to appear as a vinyl release.
2014 saw long term bassist Keith Christopher replaced by ex Bonafide man Micke Nilsson as their touring schedule stepped up, seeing shows in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland, UK and USA. The last night of the 2014 tour will see the band play their first ever acoustic show before a sold out London audience.
Kevin “Snit” Fitzpatrick: the former founding member of the Hollisters, Kevin “Snit” Fitzpatrick steps up front from the drums to become this bands lead singer and rhythm guitarist. Always a big fan of Chuck Berry “Snit” brings his life of the party persona to the stage when Snit’s Dog and Pony Show performs. Although this group has been a part time project for several years beginning in Atlanta in the late 80’s, Snit’s Dog and Pony show did not become a full time act until March 2001. “This is right where I want to be”, Snit says. “It might be about self indulgence but it feels good being a band leader and entertaining the folks” “I’ve got the line up set and we are ready to rock” says Snit. In his spare time Snit can be found watching his beloved Atlanta Braves and enjoying a German Pilsener Bier!
J.D. DiTullio: J.D.’s first “informal” introduction to drumming would have to be as a baby beating on pots and pans on the kitchen floor while his mother was cooking. J.D.’s first “formal” drum instruction started in Atlanta, GA in the sixth grade as a percussionist in a symphonic band and would continue for the next seven years with traveling, performing, competitions, marching bands and the drum corp. J.D.’s mom bought him his first drum set for $150.00 while he was in the eighth grade. He taught himself to play by listening to his favorite records. While every drum part taught in school had to be played right handed, J.D. was truly left handed. When at home , he would set up and play the drums left handed not realizing at the time the value of this added dexterity.
For the next 15 years J.D. played, toured and recorded with countless bands ranging from metal, Rock, top 40, oldies, soul, country and Blues. Most notably with “Reddog”. It was during this time that he met Snit (around 1988). J.D. played for a while with Snit and the Kickers. J.D. moved to Houston in 1995 and started playing, recording and touring with Bert Wills. He moved to Austin in ‘ 97 for one year then back to Houston. J.D. has toured and performed with numerous other bands. Presently he is enjoying his home in the “Dog and Pony Show” band.