"On desperate ground, fight." - The Art of War
A 6 piece modern rock jam band, with blue influences, comprised of sailors, artists, chefs, a mountain man, and general students of life. Every song tells a story about the larger world with observances to light, darkness, and personal responsibility. Tsun Dog is a band of storytellers and adventurers.
The story of Tsun Dog began in a pretty unlikely place, in a military hospital in San Diego. John Hughes was diagnosed with syringomyelia in 2010, and would soon after be medically retired from the U.S. Navy after 10 years of war. Determined to write and record an album; John returned back to his pre-war home in Boise Idaho to recruit a team of musicians to achieve this goal, and hopefully bring a little light to a world filled with darkness.
After a few years of searching, and a bitter battle with his degenerative illness, John recruited local singer/songwriters Kevin McDonald (lead vocal) and Michael (SheepDog) Sheehan (bass) to create the vision: A relaxed band that could bring original stories and help folks along the way. The band formed in December 2015 as a project of passion and peace. Then in 2016, Chris Johnson (drums) joined Tsun Dog. In 2015 John Hughes asked Jessica Rhodes to work behind the scenes to manage the band and run sound. In 2017, the band recruited her as the secondary vocalist.
The band borrows a bit of philosophy from Sun Tsu's The Art of War -"to make the best of both strong and weak and to make both serviceable", as well as the spirit of several world religions, and personal philosophies; help those you can, but don't let others tear you down. The first year was spent working on material in various studio rooms at the Boise Hive, as well as recording at Osmosis Recording in Meridian Idaho. Their first live performance was in the fall of 2016. With the closing of Osmosis Recording, Tsun Dog recorded their first full length album at Audio Lab Recording Studios. Since its founding, Tsun Dog has raised money for a couple of local charities; the Vietnam Veterans of America, and Quest for Freedom, a charity assisting victims of domestic violence. Their first music video, “The Call”, was released in early 2018, delivering a strong message in an attempt to combat suicide and bring awareness to a growing epidemic.
Their first EP titled "Shadow Dog" was released in 2016, followed by their EP "Battle for the Sun" in 2017, and then their EP "Age of the Dog" in 2018. Finally in 2019, they released their first full-length album, Plague of Happiness.