STEVE CABOT – Steve is a founding member of Phil Dirt & The Dozers. A captivating performer, Steve has a wonderful stage presence and a beautiful singing voice. He also has that uncanny ability to emulate the vocal styles of some of the most beloved musical artists, such as Roy Orbison, Mike Love of the Beach Boys, Frankie Vali . . . and yes, even Elvis! Musically versatile, Steve also plays guitar, percussion, keyboards, sax and drums.
MARK FRYE – Mark joined the Dozers in 1983. Extremely talented and musically multidimensional, Mark is not only the Dozers’ primary keyboardist, but also plays saxophone, flute and bass guitar . . . and makes a fine contribution with his strong vocals. Mark also has experience in many other facets of the music business including arranging, engineering, production, and composing. His work composing music soundtracks for TV documentaries has earned him two well-deserved Emmy awards. His solo CD entitled Jack Hanna’s World is available worldwide on VIRGIN Records.
TONY ALFANO – Tony joined the Dozer organization in 1993 as a veteran singer/guitar player for many great bands . . . including that of the U. S. Army Band. And, to put it mildly, he has been a whirlwind of enthusiasm ever since he arrived. An avid Beach Boys fan as well as a true lover of Oldies and Classic Rock, Tony has had the wonderful opportunity to perform on stage with such groups as The Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, The Temptations, JJ Jackson, plus many others. A born and raised New York native, Tony brings heart-felt emotion and superb presentation to each and every song he performs. He has reawakened the pure and heartfelt love for that special music that first inspired the Dozers to become full-time musicians!
CRAIG GOODWIN – Joining the Dozers in early 2001, Craig had been a good friend of the band for many years prior. In fact, Craig’s instrumental CD entitled Finger Tones was produced by Mark Frye in 1997 and recorded in the Dozer’s own Phil Harmonix Studio. Craig has been a professional musician for more than 30 years and has performed with such well-known acts as McGuffey Lane and the Byrd’s own Roger McGuinn. Craig’s range is quite extensive for not only is he the Dozer’s bass player . . . he also lends his accomplished skills on guitar, piano and vocals too. And his enthusiasm for “the Oldies” is quite obvious when he brings to life such artists as Buddy Holly, John Fogerty, Ricky Nelson and The Beatles.
HADDEN SAYERS – Hadden is the youngest member of The Dozers, joining in the spring of 2006. Born in Nacogdoches, Texas, and raised in Sugar Land, Texas, Hadden began playing the guitar as a teenager and was immersed in live music while earning a journalism degree at Texas A&M University. After all-night jam sessions and performances with blues and Texas music legends Gatemouth Brown, Joe Ely, Omar and the Howlers, Eric Johnson and other musicians of different genres, Hadden moved to Austin, Texas where he began his “blues internship” with legendary bluesman BB King and his rhythm section “Silent Partners.” Shortly thereafter he joined bluesman Lucky Peterson’s touring band and spent time learning the finer points of keeping a juke joint band on the road.
After his stint with Lucky Peterson, Hadden returned to Houston, Texas to concentrate on writing songs. It was there he began a three year association with regional sensation Miss Molly and the Whips, making his recording and songwriting debut on her first two releases: “Miss Molly” (EFM 1992) and “In the Garden” (EFM 1993).
Hadden began work on his own album in late 1993 and the Hadden Sayers Band was born. After releasing five CDs and touring the United States and all over the world including Canada, Spain, France, Denmark, Holland, and Russia, Hadden moved to Columbus, Ohio in 2005 with his wife, a genetic researcher and university professor. You can catch Hadden downhill skiing, riding his motorcycles, and enjoying classic cars and anything Tex Mex!
TONY MCCLUNG – Tony grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains near Flatwoods, West Virginia listening to the country and bluegrass music his family dearly loved. From an early age, Tony would sneak out and listen to his favorite band The Beach Boys as well as other rock and roll bands his parents despised. Early on in life, he knew he wanted to be a musician and learned to love all kinds of music. Tony honed his drumming skills early on with many different local and regional bands playing rock, jazz, R&B, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and country. Since 1994, he has gained fame as the drummer for Ohio’s acclaimed Hoodoo Soul Band. He is an in-demand studio musician and has played on many national TV & radio commercials including McDonalds, Wendys, Goodyear, Cooper Tires, Tide, Febreeze, and many others. Tony joined Phil Dirt & The Dozers in February 2007 soon after the untimely death of legendary Dozer drummer Rick Frye. As a friend and fan of Rick’s, Tony says he feels “honored to be sitting in the same drum chair of such a talented and great friend.”
PHIL DIRT – In 1981 on a cold, lonely night, in a dark and smoke-filled bar room… Phil Dirt was born. Those lucky enough to be present probably had no idea that this single event would have such a wonderful long-term impact on so many people. Who would have guessed that in just a few short years Phil Dirt and the Dozers would have traveled the continent performing to thousands of fans… have several albums to their credit… appear on local and national television including their own TV show… and be the focus of hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles! True, Phil Dirt is a figment of our imagination who exists only in our hearts but he HAS become an essential part of Americana: a nostalgic link to our past who continues to remind us of those great times we once shared. And like an old family friend, Phil will continue to live on in our hearts for many, many years to come.
In Memorial . . . RICK FRYE – Like younger brother Mark, Rick joined the band in 1983 and immediately made an important contribution to the Dozer sound. A seasoned professional, Rick’s extensive knowledge of 50’s and 60’s musical heritage was showcased in a way that fans came to know and love. A low key, mellow guy until he got on stage, his exuberance on the drums was controlled only by the fact that he had to sit to perform! Rick’s dry wit at the most unexpected moments during the show was loved and expected by everyone and became a favorite show stopper. Adding great vocals to Chuck Berry, John Lennon and Little Richard numbers, Rick was an extremely talented musician and drummer and was a tremendous asset for 24 years to Phil Dirt & The Dozers. Rick passed away unexpectedly on January 5, 2007 immediately following a performance in Williamsburg, Virginia. He will forever be remembered in our hearts and in our music.