Top Dog

Top Dog

 San Diego, California, USA
BandRockBlues

San Diego Radio and TV Broadcasting Emmy Award winners Top Dog is an aggressive heavy blues southern rock trio. Members have toured the U.S., Japan, Hawaii, and Alaska and have opened up for Def Leppard, Blue Oyster Cult, Robin Trower, Gary Hoey, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Biography

SUMMARY:
San Diego Radio and TV Broadcasting Emmy Award winners Top Dog is an aggressive heavy blues southern rock trio. Members have toured the U.S., Japan, Hawaii, and Alaska. Members have opened up for DEF LEPPARD, BLUE OYSTER CULT, ROBIN TROWER, GARY HOEY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, LYNYRD SKYNYRD and other national acts. Playing original rock compositions, written by Brian Lee, Joey Moore, and John Klemmer. TOP DOG is primarily a concert band having performed tunes from their CDs at San Diego’s House of Blues, 4TH & B, and the Belly-Up. Outside of recording sessions band practice is conducted at Club Rileys in San Diego. Club Riley is the exclusive Media Partner for the band. TOP DOG is listed as one of the best unsigned acts in the U.S.

DETAIL:
Formed in 2000, band members include:

'Smokin' Brian Lee - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Lead Guitarist for several bands on the East and West Coast since the 80's - never forgetting his roots as a blues rocker - his influences include Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Muddy Waters.

BACKGROUND: Brian Lee started playing guitar at the early age of 11 in Japan as a military brat in 1967 listening to the sounds of Jimi Hendrix…it wasn’t long until he did his first gig at a boy scout jamboree for an audience of 1300. Later on his influences included doing covers of Hendrix and Cream songs in several bands in the Annapolis Md. area. Throughout the early seventies, Brian now in Jacksonville Beach Florida, played in CALIBER, a southern rock band warming up for MOLLY HATCHET and 38 SPECIAL. Brian took over on guitar for a few weekends with MOLLY HATCHET when one of them got sick playing venues up and down the Fl. Coast from Daytona to Ft. Lauderdale enhancing his southern rock roots. After a tour in the U.S. Navy, Brian took off to visit Kauai, Hawaii and lived and surfed with brother Earl for awhile and realized the island is way too small for a career in rock and roll-so he set his sights on San Diego to be close to the L.A. music scene. Around 1980 Brian took on the cover scene and made great money throughout the 80’s playing current hits in bands such as ROX, BANDIT, and ACE DAGGER. It wasn’t until 1985 that Brian helped form the band FRANCE that toured Japan, Alaska, and the entire southwest U.S. including Las Vegas, Phoenix, Yuma, L.A. and concerts with great bands like DEF LEPPARD, QUIET RIOT, JOAN JETT and many others exceeding crowds of 13,000. FRANCE recorded and sold out all their copies of their first LP “Cool Moves”. They stayed together as a top cover/circuit/ concert act for 12 years and recorded several albums, being offered 3 record deals. Continuing into the 90’s and outlasting many of the clubs they played in, FRANCE had a change of pace and hired on a new frontman still in jail on a work furlough, got him out to do shows! He had to call the band SCOUNDREL because of this…the band now went on to record several heavy/southern rock songs and toured the far east- this time playing for 5000 in Kinser, Okinawa and all over Japan, Alaska doing concerts along the way. Now Brian is exclusively playing original southern style rock in a lil’ ol’ band from San Diego called TOP DOG, he has completely returned to his southern roots performing concerts at larger venues in the southwest. TOP DOG is currently in the studio recording their second CD after releasing their first CD “Unleashed”, they are listed as one of the best unsigned acts in the U.S.

'Jammin' Joey Moore - Lead Vocals, Bass Guitar
With that raspy voice of experience, Joey is a true bluesman. His influences include Elvis, Cream, John Mayall and Eric Clapton.

BACKGROUND: Joey was born in Portsmith, Virginia. He was the fourth of six kids, or as his mother liked to say "the baby of the first litter". His father was an officer in the Navy so the family moved around a lot, finally settling in San Diego, CA when Joey was seven years old. He saw the Beatles performing on the Ed Sullivan show when he was nine and he asked his father if they got paid for doing that. When his father said, "Yes they do", Joey's fate was sealed. At age eleven, he wrote the lyrics to, "Hungry Lil' Boy". When he was thirteen, he joined his first band, TEEN SYMPATHY. The band had a keyboard and guitar with Joey singing lead vocals. They would perform at Masonic Temple dances, school functions and family parties singing originals, Doors and Santana. A few years later the other band members wanted to add a bass player but he disagreed and left the band. Joey then went out, bought a bass guitar and learned how to play it on his own. He was then able to put his own music to his song "Hungry Lil' Boy". Joey went on to help create a band called BIG MOUTH, The drummer was ex-Navy. One guitar player was an ex-Army sergeant, the other guitar player was an ex-Marine sergeant, the lead singer was an ex-sergeant from the Natn'l Guard, and 17 year old Joey played bass and shared vocals. For three years they toured all over

Lyrics

Whiskey Mama

Written By: Brian Lee and Joey Moore

Well, she’s a whiskey whiskey mama drinkin the shots down slow
Oh when you’re messin with the whiskey you’re gonna pay the price I know

Oh well I got me a woman drives me out of my mind get’s drunk nearly all the time.
Oh, when you’re messin with the whiskey you’re gonna pay the price I know

Well she drank me under the table under the table I fell
When I woke up feeling bad I was wondering what the worlds that smell

Well, she’s a whiskey whiskey mama drinkin the shots down slow
Oh when you’re messin with the whiskey you’re gonna pay the price I know

Oh when she gets into the car and her mind is blown
Way too many sheets to the wind
Better look out she thinks she own’s the road
I took her keys cause I’m a friend

She’s a whiskey whiskey mama gentleman Jack going down so slow
Oh when you’re messin with the whiskey you’re gonna pay the price I know

Well there’s a wet t-shirt contest five bucks to get in
She was dancing on the table and everybody yelling skin to win

She’s a whiskey whiskey mama gentleman Jack going down so slow
Oh when you’re messin with the whiskey you’re gonna pay the price I know

She’s a whiskey mama, a whiskey mama, when you’re messin with the whiskey you’re gonna pay the price I know

Midnight Sun

Written By: Brian Lee

Heading down the open road got nothing on my mind
Guitar strapped across my back ain't worried about the time
Don’t want to wear no business suit no more city life
Getting tired of the local scene gonna head for the northern lights the northern lights

In the land of the midnight sun I’m not worried about the thing that I done wo oh yeah

Once my life was moving fast I worried about the time
Now I’m free of city life no more killing no more crime
Hope I find what I’m looking for no turning back for me no turning back

In the land of the midnight sun I’m not worried about the thing that I done
Well I’m tired of the city and the way that the things are run

In the land of the midnight sun, In the land of the midnight sun, In the land of the midnight sun

Once my life was moving fast I worried about the time
Now I’m free of city life no more killing no more crime
hope I find what I’m looking for no turning back for me no turning back

In the land of the midnight sun I’m not worried about the thing that I done
Well I’m tired of the city and the way that the things are run

In the land of the midnight sun in the land of the midnight sun

Still Got The Blues

Written By: Joey Moore

Well, I wake up in the morning and I still got the blues
I wake up in the morning and I still got the blues
I guess there’s just no getting over you

Well, I bought myself a new car and I still got the blues still got the the blues
I bought myself a new car and I still got the blues still got the blues still got the blues
I guess there’s just no getting over you

Ever since I met you I’ve had nothin but the blues still got em’ still got em’
Ever since I met you I’ve had nothin but the blues still got em’ still got em’
I guess there’s just no getting over you

So now don’t let the door hit you in the ass when you walk through
Don’t let the door hit you in the ass when you walk through
Don’t let the door hit you in the ass when you walk through

Hungry Lil' Boy

Written By: Joey Moore

Well I’m a hungry lil’ boy got the good things on my mind
Well I’m a hungry lil’ boy got the good things on my mind
Well I’m tired being here just a wasting all my precious time

Ah when I’m out on the road lookin for somebody to do
Out on the road lookin for somebody to do
Well then look out mama cause tonight you know it might be you

Well he’s a hungry lil’ boy with the good things on his mind
Well he’s a hungry lil’ boy with the good things on his mind
Well there’s trouble ahead and nothing but trouble behind

Baby you know I need you b.b.b.b babe need you all night long
Baby you know I need you b.b.b.b babe I need you all night long
Well you’re the only one in the world that knows the words to my song.

Well he’s a hungry lil’ boy with the good things on his mind
Well he’s a hungry lil’ boy with the good things on his mind
Well there’s trouble ahead and nothing but trouble behind

And I’m a lonely lil’ boy but I’m a doin the best I can
And I’m a lonely lil’ boy a doin the best I can
I sing rhythm and blues oh in a rock n roll band

And I’m a hungry little guy I’m a lonely little boy I;m a hungry little boy
I’m a lonely little boy singin rhythm and blues oh in a rock n roll band

Smith and Wesson Blues

Written By: Joey Moore

Well my baby she done left me lord now I don’t know what I’m gonna do
Well my baby she done left me yeah lord now I don’t know what I’m gonna do
Well I guess I gotta go out and find myself another girl she looks a lot like you.

Do you know I heard it through the grapevine lord she done took off with my best friend
Well I heard it through the grapevine lord she done took off with my best friend
Well me and Smith and Wesson gonna make sure that boy don’t do that again do that again

Well now I’m standing here on the corner with a bottle of whiskey in my hand
Well I’m standing here on the corner a bottle of Jack Daniels in my hand
Well there comma a time in every man’s life you gotta put your foot down make your final stand

Well now my baby she done left me yeah yeah ah lord now I don’t know what I’m gonna do
Well my baby she done left me yeah ah lord now I don’t know what a I’m gonna do
Well I guess I’ll have go out and find myself lord I’m gonna have to find myself
I said lord I’m gonna have to find myself another girl she looks a lot like you

Be Your Man

Written By: Joey Moore

Hey baby

I wanna be your man baby you made me flip my lid
I wanna be your man baby you made me flip my lid
Let be your man baby you’ll be oh so glad you did

I wanna follow you home I like the way that you smell
I wanna follow you home baby I like the way that you smell
Let me be your man baby cause you’ve got me under your spell

Wanna be your dog baby I like the wag of your tail
I wanna be your dog baby I like the wag of your tail
Well you can not ignore me and I know that you are not for sale

Gonna be your slave baby be your slave in every way
Won’t you let me be your slave baby be your slave in every way
Let me be your slave baby and I’ll do anything that you say

Let me be your dog baby and I’ll be your dog in every way
Let me be your man baby don’t now whata you say

Play This Fool

Written By: Joey Moore

Well I cried like a baby when you left me last Friday night
Said I cried like a baby when you left me last Friday night
But now I’ve made me some connection and everything’s gonna be alright

Oh some day I’ll come a nockin nockin at your door
Maybe sooner or later maybe after before
Oh babe I gotta see you I can’t take this any more
Finally found my courage to even up the score

Don’t wanna play this fool ain’t gonna play this fool
Don’t wanna play this fool no more

Oh some day I’ll come a nockin nockin at your door
Maybe sooner or later maybe after or before
Oh babe I gotta see you I can’t take this any more
Finally found my courage to even up the score

Don’t wanna play this fool ain’t gonna play this fool
Don’t wanna play this ain’t gonna play this
I ain’t gonna play this fool no more

Gypsy Woman

Written By: Joey Moore

Found a gypsy woman told my future I could see
I just had to know what’s in store for me
So many questions but no answers can I find
Gypsy woman made me really ease my mind

Tell me gypsy woman what’s it say in my cards
Did I conquer my fears did I break any hearts
Did I find love or live my life alone
Did I leave my mark or leave this world an unknown

I should have tried to begin to realize
The gypsy woman will tell me tell me tell me
The gypsy woman tells me tell me tell me tell me tell me

I gazed so amazed into your magic crystal ball
Gypsy woman tell me did I jump or did I fall
I realized the future’s not for my eyes
I realized the future’s not for my eyes

Gypsy woman tell me tell me tell me
Gypsy woman tell me tell me tell me
The gypsy woman tell me tell me tell me
The gypsy woman tell me tell me tell me

Oh gypsy woman

Shot Down In Cold Blood

Written By: Brian Lee, Joey Moore, John Klemmer

I tried to tell you not to worry sayin that we could be just friends
You pushed too fast too hard too early and that was all that I could stand
Shot down in cold blood when I heard it from friends
Shot down in cold blood baby here we go again

What does it take to make you see I finally figured out your game
When you were making love to me calling out another man’s name
Shot down in cold blood when I heard it from friends
Shot down in cold blood baby here we go again

All my friends would tell me about your lyin ways
I was takin in girl by all the games you played
Simple minded fool would do anything for love
Shot down in cold blood

There’s only one thing left to tell you there’s only one thing left to say
I got one bullet left in my gun this just must be your lucky day
Yeah shot down in cold blood when I heard it from my friends
Shot down in cold blood yeah babe here we go again

Shot down cold blood shot down cold blood shot down in cold blood
Shot down shot down in cold blood

Exactly What To Say

Written By: Joey Moore

You make a rich man happy you give a plain man style
A poor man .all your money you make the weepin man smile

Oh baby you’re so fine so fine so fine so fine in every single way
If I could read your mind your mind your mind
I’d know exactly what to say to make you mine to make you mine

You make a sinful man sorry sorry for all his sins
Commin to you for absolution and you keep letting him in

Oh baby you’re so fine so fine so fine so fine in every single way
And if I could read your mind your mind your mind
I’d know exactly what to say to make you mine oh baby to make you mine

Oh baby you’re so fine so fine so fine so fine in every single way
And if I could read your mind your mind your mind
I’d know exactly what I’d know exactly what I’d know exactly what to say to make you mine

Oh baby to make you mine exactly what to say to make you mine exactly what to say
Oh baby to make you mine exactly what to say to make you mine exactly what to say
Baby if I could read your mind

She's Gone Away

Written By: Brian Lee

She’s as cold as the winter like you and me she’s a sinner
Oh why oh way did she hurt me I must have been blind to see it was easy
She’s gone away she’s gone away runnin away runnin away

Eyes of fire melting slowly burning desire she’s unholy
She always gets what she wants so young and so pure she’s so innocent
She’s gone away she’s gone away runnin away runnin away

She’s gone away she’s gone away runnin away runnin away
She’s gone away she’s gone away runnin away so far away

Watch Out

Written By: Brian Lee

Now the deed it has been done you have lost and I have won
Against you I took a stand and found for me the perfect plan
Nothing you do can change my mind to this love you must be blind
Someday you’ll accept the choice I made until it cuts you like a blade.

Watch out here I come back out and my chance is gone
Watch out here I come still lookn for a little bit of reaction

No body can stop me now I’ve already made a vow
Take my life for what it is too much of yours you will miss
To the rules you must abide keepin all your opinions deep inside

Cherish all of your glamour things expensive cars and diamond rings
Though they seemed to take the place of me I know you will get no sympathy

Watch out oh because your time has come
Watch out oh cause here I come

Watch out here I come back out and my chance is gone
Watch out here I come watch out baby here I come

Watch out here I come back out and my chance is gone
Watch out here I come still lookn for a little bit of reaction

Watch out oh because your time has come
Watch out oh baby cause here I come

Oh you better watch out

Angel

Written By: Joey Moore

I’ve been waiting for so long waiting and waiting for oh so very long
I can feel it deep down inside our love is real we can make it fly

When you’re near right by my side there’s no fear reason to hide
Cause you’re my angel from above you’re my angel angel of love

Well there’s no one in the world that I can turn to
Baby you know I’d do anything in the world for you

When you’re near right by my side there’s no fear reason to hide
Cause you’re my angel from above you’re my angel angel of love

You’re my… you’re my…. angel angel angel

Bad Dog

Written By: Joey Moore, John Klemmer

When I was born I was number one of five
My mama said I was the badest dog alive
Then I grew up and here it is today
And I believe that you should always do what mama say

Oh I’m a bad bad dog bad bad dog all the way
Well I’m a bad bad dog gettin badder dog in every day

I got me a job I work hard every day
I get no money got no pockets anyway
Anything I want with a wag of my tail
I love chasin the paper boy and the guy who brings the mail

Oh I’m a bad bad dog bad bad dog don’t know the way
Well I’m a bad bad dog gettin badder dog in every day

I’m the top dog I’m lightning on my feet
I know every trash can on every city street
I’m on guard morning noon and night
If you come in my yard well I’m gonna take a bite

Cause I’m a bad bad dog bad bad dog all the way
Yeah I’m a bad bad dog gettin badder dog in every day
Well I’m a bad bad dog I’m a bad bad dog
Every bad dog knows you should always do what your mama say
I’ve been a bad bad dog

Discography

2008-2009 "Midnight Sun"
Single release from Top Dog's new album.
CD release date scheduled for June 2009. Pre-release streaming and radio airplay occuring across the USA on 400+ internet radio stations via iheartmusic.com. Ongoing promotional efforts occuring on lastfm.com, soundloud.com, mp3.com, myspace.com, and the band's website.

2001 - "Unleashed" CD - Blue Dot Records
Track 01: Whiskey Mama
Track 02: Be Your Man
Track 03: Shot Down In Cold Blood
Track 04: She's Gone Away
Track 05: Exactly What To Say
Track 06: Smith And Wesson Blues
Track 07: Angel
Track 08: Play This Fool
Track 09: Hungry Lil' Boy
Track 10: Gypsy Woman
Track 11: Still Got The Blues
Track 12: Bad Dog
Track 13: Watch Out

Set List

TYPICAL SET LIST:
Our set list is normally 30 min. to an hour depending on the gig, but most sets are 45 min. If required we can play two 45 min. sets of our own music. We can also play an extended gig, but our best show is 45 min. Most often our set list is about ten songs.


CONCERTS and FESTIVALS :

Because Top Dog is primarily a concert band our set list will include original popular tunes from from our previous and current CD's
From our "Unleashed" CD"
Track 01: Whiskey Mama (3:13)
Track 02: Be Your Man (3:15)
Track 03: Shot Down In Cold Blood (5:00)
Track 04: She's Gone Away (4:13)
Track 05: Exactly What To Say (3:26)
Track 06: Smith And Wesson Blues (7:22)
Track 07: Angel (2:35)
Track 08: Play This Fool (3:44)
Track 09: Hungry Lil' Boy (4:36)
Track 10: Gypsy Woman (3:13)
Track 11: Still Got The Blues (2:45)
Track 12: Bad Dog (4:20)
Track 13: Watch Out (3:40)

From our new CD
Midnight Sun, Sin City, Enemy of Fun, Wild Women, You Ain't Done Yet, Love G