Union Dogs is the hottest new act in the NY- NJ Metro area.
Specializing in the stylings of Southern Rock, Blues and Country
Lead vocals, rhythm and lead guitar, Neil Scott Johnson , Before joining Union Dogs, Neil was touring and recording with his all original band, The Neil Scott Johnson Band, which has a well-earned reputation as one of the hottest high energy country music acts in the Northeast. Originating out of New York City, they were named “Band Of The Year” six years in a row by the New York Metropolitan Country Music Association. Neil was also honored as New Jersey Country Music Association's ™
"Singer Songwriter Of The Year". He has opened shows for many major artists, including Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Brooks & Dunn. His band has released 2 independent CDs. Neil is endorsed by DR strings and Takemine guitars, and he is signed as a songwriter to American Originals Publishing.
Lead Guitarist Bob Dee has recorded and performed on TV, radio, and the club circuit with such luminaries as Ronald Shannon Jackson, Dave Douglas, Charlie Thomas (The Drifters), Gunter Hampel, legendary improvisation group A Thousand Tiny Fingers, and Law and Order SVU star and comedian Richard Belzer, to name a few. As a composer and guitarist, he has produced and released two critically acclaimed CDs, Double Talk (1997), and From Head To Soul (2001), and has toured Europe, Asia and the U.S. performing in major festivals such as Moers Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Knitting Factory Jazz Festival. Bob has also performed on countless radio and television commercials as a session guitarist, and composed for television shows such as Martha Stewart Living. Since 1998, Bob has been a Member of the Music Ministry at the Baptist House of Prayer playing gospel music with the Anointed Combined Choir. Bob currently teaches at the Harlem School of the Arts and Greenwich House Music School and has been a private instructor of music theory, ear training and guitar for 30 years. Bob completed his music studies at Berklee College of Music in 1983 and studied privately with jazz greats Pat Martino, Mike Stern and Ralph Bowen.
Percusion and drums, Raul Montes de Oca has been playing drums for over 38 years. As a teenager he played with various local rock bands. When he reached his twenties he played with Harborside touring the Tri State area and opening for many top names such as the Drifters, Vito and The Salutations, The Dubbs and many other famous oldies bands. Raul has also been showcased on The Don K Reed show on CBS FM Radio. Raul, has recorded 2 Albums which received airplay in the 1990's in both New York City and across the country. Raul is multi-talented playing guitar, bass and his forte is percussion. Raul is also a longtime Paramedic and RN.
Rhythm Guitar and Vocals is Jeff Austin, known as a person with many different hats. An accomplished 12 string guitarist, Jersey born and bred, he started his music career in the 70’s playing his 12 string guitar and singing all over the country. He decided to come back to Jersey and start something new. Jeff became an EMT and continued to becoming a Paramedic. He missed being involved with music so he started EMS DJ’s. Working as a mobile jock led him to meeting the crew from 103.5 in NY and thanks to the morning show, he entered a career of broadcasting. Jeff has worked for WERA in Plainfield NJ, WHCY Hot Country 106.3 in North Jersey, K98.5 Real Jersey Country at the Jersey Shore. He is most recognized as the Host of Boot Scootin Saturday Night on WCTO, Cat Country in Allentown, PA. Jeff is also a Flight Paramedic and when asked about his two careers he will always respond “Music and medicine are the same, just different forms of healing”.
Bass Guitarist, the"Big DOG" Gerry LaMonaca. Quiet and shy but has a huge history playing bass for many different bands along a highway of success. Gerry prefers not to post all his accolades. Seeing is believing. Give him a tune and a key and he will rock the song. there isn't anything he can't play.
Together Union Dogs blends multi talented professional musicians into a unique, understated sound that will entertain crowds of all ages!
Preferring to entertain in an upbeat but understated style, UNION DOGS have a sound that is never intrusive. They are always a welcome addition to any special occasion, with songs that are appreciated and enjoyed by audiences of all ages. Reliable, experienced, true professionals who will work with you to make your event truly special. Timeless songs performed by world-class professional musicians and singers...the perfect fit for your entertainment needs.