Chickasaw Mudd Puppies

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The Chickasaw Mudd Puppies are an American rock band, formed by Brant Slay (vocalist, washboard, harmonica) and Ben Reynolds (vocalist, percussion, electric guitar). The band was a major part of the music of Athens, Georgia, and were protégés of Michael Stipe, member of R.E.M.. The Chickasaw Mudd Puppies recorded two albums, White Dirt (1990) and 8 Track Stomp (1991), working with producers Stipe, Willie Dixon and John Keane. The band broke up soon after. Reynolds has since played guitar and sang with the band Workhorses of the Entertainment/Recreational Industry[1] and taught photography[2] at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia.

Despite their famous producers, who also backed up the duo in the studio, Chickasaw Mudd Puppies received little popular attention outside of Athens. Their use of traditional and "invented" percussion instruments, including the stomp board (invented), washboard, cowbells, and even cans, combined with the occasional dobro and lap steel guitars, gave their music an Americana sound.

Their reunion after a 20-year hiatus was sparked by recent interests in their music including songs in the films, The Mechanic and Tracing Cowboys. Alan Cowart, drummer of the Jacksonville band, The Beggar Weeds (also Stipe-produced), joined the band in early 2011. The three musicians appeared together at the 2011 SXSW Music Festival in Austin Texas.



Year Name Format Label Catalog Number Producer
1990 White Dirt LP/CD/Cassette Wing/Texas Hotel 843 217-1/2/4 John Keane and Michael Stipe
1991 8 Track Stomp LP/CD/Cassette Wing/Mercury 843 935-1/2/4 Willie Dixon and Michael Stipe

Promotional singles[edit]

Year Tracks Format Label Catalog Number
1990 "McIntosh"/"Lookout" CD Wing/Texas Hotel CDP 233
1991 "Words and Knives"/"Cold Blue"/"Lodi" (live)/"Nothin' " (live) CD Wing/Mercury CDP 433
1991 "Do You Remember"/interview b/w "Do You Remember"/interview 12" Wing/Mercury PRO 912-1


  1. ^ "Band Page". Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  2. ^ Reynolds, Ben. "faculty page". University of Georgia. Archived from the original on 4 April 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2013.

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