Dennis Feeney

Dennis Feeney

BandRock

If you're into cavetools -- guitar, bass and drums; the basic elements of rock, then you'll love Dennis Feeney and the Den Dogs

Biography

Dennis Feeney is a bassist, singer and songwriter who crafts rock, country and jazz. Dennis has performed with many great artists, including jazz guitarist Ron McClure, Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, Rod Garnett of Colcannon, Mark McKay, June Star, and various artists from the Rocky Mountain region, including luthier and guitarist Scott Platts. Dennis' most current effort is performing and collaborating with the Washington, DC based rock band, The Slow Burn.

Feeney recently completed his first album, “Boots Belts Irons,” produced by his mentor and friend, the legendary Roscoe Ambel (Steve Earle, the Yayhoos). Feeney’s family, friends and his strong faith are also given important production credits.

Composing all but one of the songs on the album, Feeney also arranged its financing; coordinated studio-time, travel and accommodations; supervised mastering; directed graphic design, photography, replication; and distribution. “I consider the early punk rock scene – unleashed in Laramie by Roscoe – a big influence on my music,” Feeney says, “but also on how I approach the business of being a musician. I love those driving sixteenth notes and the DIY work ethic.”

He cites jazz guitarist Ron McClure as another huge influence. Feeney recalls how McClure turned him onto the jazz cats, Neil Young and The Who during countless bass lessons.

Feeney has continued exploring the principles of composition and theory McClure taught him through classes at the University of Wyoming, Berklee College of Music (Boston) and Swallow Hill Music Association (Denver), and through collaborations with flutist Rod Garnett of the Denver-based Celtic band Colcannon.

In addition to writing and performing, Feeney enjoys studio session work and being a sideman. He also composes music for media applications. Dennis has performed live all over the Rocky Mountain region and the East Coast Corridor.

His gear consists of a Rickenbacker 4003 bass, purchased for him by his parents in the early ’80s, a custom Precision-style bass crafted by Scott Platts of Stonetree Custom Guitars (Saratoga, Wyo.), and a custom Carvin LB70, all magnified by Ampeg and Ashdown rigs.

Dennis is a member of the Songwriter's Association of Washington and the Washington Area Music Association.

Lyrics

No News

Written By: Dennis Feeney, BMI

No news about rock
No news about roll
No news about gangsters
Or their deadly toll

No news about models
No news about traits
No news about fashion
Or credit card rates

No news about diets
No news about pills
No news about desires
That gotta be filled

No news about stars
No news about fame
No news about guns
Or the NRA

Jesus just remind me
What it is I'm supposed to do
Jesus just remind me
What it is I'm supposed to do

No news about Christians
No news about Jews
No news about Arabs
Or light, sweet crude

No news about war
No news about hate
No news about fire
That the zealots create

Jesus just remind me
What it is I'm supposed to do
Jesus just remind me
What it is I'm supposed to do

'Cause it's late at night
And nothing's goin' right
We're all so all alone
Searchin' for direction home

Jesus just remind me
What it is I'm supposed to do
Jesus just remind me
What it is I was meant to do

Jesus just remind me
How it is that you love me true
Jesus just remind me
That no more news would be good news
No more news would be good news

When We Get Bored (We Get Dangerous)

Written By: Dennis Feeney, BMI

Houses lined up in neat little lines
With all the "Wards and Junes" just doin' time

Drivin' from the 'burbs to the cube and back again
Gotta get to the mall each and every weekend

They say, it's gonna change at 65
It's finally gonna be my party time

But when we get bored
We get dangerous
When we get bored
We get dangerous
When we get bored
We get dangerous

Too much time spent in your own head
Makes you think about the life you could've lead

You can't drink that away you can't keep it down
The harder you try the more it comes around

You say, it's gonna change at 65
It's finally gonna be my party time

But when we get bored
We get dangerous
When we get bored
We get dangerous
When we get bored
We get dangerous

This ain't us it's not the way things gotta be
We can live a life less ordinary

When things start to look like 50's TV
It's time to break out it's time to break free

'Cause life doesn't change at 65
We gotta start now to keep ourselves alive

And when we get bored
We get dangerous
When we get bored
We get dangerous
When we get bored
We get dangerous

Vertigo

Written By: Dennis Feeney, BMI

Randy met Judi in '95
It was true love he couldn't deny ... he couldn't deny
So one day they strolled outta town
He got on his knees and turned her world upside down ... upside down

Gil met Leena the year before
Couldn't leave his gig when she needed more ... when she needed more
So one night he ran away
Doesn't know it now, but he'll regret it one fine day ... one fine day

Hey, hey it's okay
Take my hand and we'll fly away
Hey, hey don't you know
We'll climb back up and let it go

Hey, hey don't be afraid
We'll hit the ground and we'll run away
Hey, hey don't you know
It all comes down through vertigo

Bonnie met Floyd at the burger stand
She said, if he can't do it for me no one can ... he was her man
It was the first time she'd been in love
It felt like God smilin' from above ... down from above

Discography

"Boots, Belts, Irons" - self release

Set List

My band performs our original material plus great rock songs by...

Elvis Costello
The Clash
Jayhawks
Steve Earle
Wilco
Son Volt
Ramones
Traveling Wilburys

...just to name a few