The Red Dawg Band consists of some of the most talented musicians Texas has to offer. All are full time touring professional musicians, songwriters, and producers.

Instrumentation is dependent on the type of show required. The Band performs as a duo, trio, 4, 5 or 6 piece band. Instrumentation is: Guitars (Acoustic and Electric), Bass Guitar (Acoustic or Electric), Drums, Fiddle, Keyboards, and horns.

Styles: Country, Rock, Blues, Folk, Americana, Swing

The Band is made up of several great players. The content of the band varies depending on the show.  In addition to Danny Britt, Marvin  Dykhuis and Chip Dolan,  here are some of the key players in The Red Dawg Band:

Danny Britt

Singer Songwriter, Musician


Danny grew up in South Central Kentucky playing everything from Bluegrass to Country to Classical to Rock and Roll.  After playing in assorted bands in Kentucky, Danny made his way to Texas in 1980.  Danny did a couple years touring with Jerry Jeff Walker as his road manager in the mid 1980’s.  He began writing and playing his own music as a part of the Austin music scene and by the early 1990s was performing his music on a regular basis. 

Danny has performed around the country on shows with Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, John McCutcheon, Chris Smither, Bruce Robison, Nina Gerber, Kelly Willis, Chris Wall, Greg Trooper, The Dixie Chicks, and many others.


Danny’s 1st original work was released in April 2001 titled: Danny Britt and Red Dawg - Texas Stuff.  Long time touring musician and producer Marvin Dykhuis produced this recording. 

Red Dawg Music released Danny’s second original work in Feb. 2003.  This CD is titled Danny Britt - The Other Side.  It is co-produced by long time touring musician Chip Dolan and Danny.  Several great Austin Based Artists join Danny & Chip on this recording.  Some of them include Kelly Willis, Bruce Robison, Christine Albert, Chris Gage, Marvin Dykhuis, and more. This work received rave reviews as well. 

Red Dawg Music released Danny Britt - Walk This Road, produced by Marvin Dykhuis & Danny, in 2007. 2012 brought another release from Red Dawg Music – Two Guys Two Guitars, an acoustic duo recording by Danny Britt & Marvin Dykhuis.


Danny’s works have been noted in Performing Songwriter Magazine and reviewed in Sing Out Magazine, Roots Town Magazine and others in the USA and around the world.

On November 29, 2001 the Austin City Council and Austin Mayor Gus Garcia proclaimed that day Danny Britt Day for his continued efforts to maintain Austin, Texas as the Live Music Capital of the World.



Singer Songwriter, Musician, Producer

Marvin Dykhuis is originally from Racine Wisconsin. There he started his musical career playing clubs and colleges throughout the midwest with blues bands. Marvin and The Dogs “Live At Georges” and Folk groups Paffrath and Dykhuis (Everybody Knows, Listen).


In 1986 he relocated to Austin, Texas and soon became a part of the rich music scene. In 1988 he began working with Singer/Songwriter Tish Hinojosa and has been her right hand man, playing on all of her recordings as well as producing and writing with her.


Marvin spent 8 years playing Wednesday night’s "Sitting and Singing for Supper" with the Threadgill Troubadours (Co-fronting the band) along side the late Champ Hood. He has been around the Globe with Ms. Hinojosa and other Texas based groups playing guitars, mandolins, banjos, etc.

Marvin has produced and played and sang on many records for Texas Singer/songwriters and groups offering a unique sound to their music. His chomeleanesque aproach is always welcome in the studio doing movie soundtracks or performing live. From Blues to Bluegrass He’s there with an interesting twist. 

Chip Dolan

Singer Songwriter, Musician

I grew up in Northern New Jersey, playing keyboards for the "Blue Emerald Band" until I hitchhiked to Austin, TX in September of 1982, joining a southern rock band "Crystal Image" and "Hotcakes", a party-dance band.  By 1991, I had sold my soul to the piano bar Gods, then in 1994 I joined Tish Hinojosa for her Destiny's Gate tour where I met Marvin Dykhuis and immediately began stealing his licks... a habit I continue to this day.

Over the next 20 years I"ve been a sideman with Austin based songwriters.. including but not limited to: Bruce and Charlie Robison, Kelly Willis, Radney Foster, Jimmy Lafave, Shelley King, Slaid Cleaves, Sara get the gist.

A brief stint with Raul Malo and the Mavericks got me started on the path to Grouchy Like Riley with Marvin and Danny Britt. In 2006 I put out "Right Now" my solo recording. 

I'm currently touring with Sam Baker, Ronny Cox, and Geg Trooper and always with The Grouchy Guys...working on my attitude.

Rich White

Great Percussionist / Drummer, Singer, Songwriter.  Rich's music can be heard at He has a great new CD released in 2010 called "Loves the only Way".  

Rich White started playing drums at the age of 5 years. At the age of 10 he made his television debut when he appeared on the “Ethma Odum Show”, a local television program on KALB in Alexandria, Louisiana. Early on he played with “Forty Acres and a Mule” in Baton Rouge, LA. After graduating from Louisiana State University he moved to Los Angeles, CA where he first met Tara Novick and they formed the Voo Doo Boys. The Voo Doo Boys appeared on the “Mike and Maty Show” and the “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno in 1992 where he played with Hollywood actor/singer John Corbett (Sex and the City, My Greek Wedding, HBO’s United States of Tara). A highly sought out sideman, he has played with many recording artists that include: Tish Hinojosa, Jimmy LaFave, Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones), Charmagne Neville, Peter Keane, Cindy Cashdollar, Ted Roddy, Tracie Lynn, Charles Thibodeaux and critically acclaimed songwriter Sonny Throckmorton (The Cowboy Rides Away/George Strait). Rich has played on many artists’ albums. He has also performed at prestigious venues and festivals such as the Newport Folk Festival and Kerrville Folk Festival. His debut album: LOVE’S THE ONLY WAY showcases his soulful voice, and features his drumming and songwriting. LOVE’S THE ONLY WAY brought together a group of finely tuned, seasoned musicians: Marvin Dykhuis (Tish Hinojosa), Chip Dolan (Bruce Robison), John Doyle (Asleep at the Wheel), Peter Keane, Brad Houser (The New Bohemians), Charlie Richards (Brandon Rhyder), Luis Coutihno, and Charlie Larkey. Charlie Larkey, who played with Carol King on the iconic Tapestry album and was also a member of The Fugs, co-produced the record along with Rich White and Mac McNabb. Rich is especially proud of the 2009 Cajun French Music Association Award he received for playing as a “special guest” on Charles Thibodeaux’s HOMMAGE’A ANDREW CORMIER record. Rich presently resides in Austin, Texas.

Nigel Frye

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Nigel Frye - In tune. On time. Nigel has performed and worked with national and regional artists, reaching all well known genres for the past 15 years. He brings a trusted low end foundation and a distilled sense of professionalism to any event.

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David Carroll first learned about music through a piano in his home. Studying for 7 years he decided he wanted to be a horn player. Studying Tuba for 12 years the ground work for low end playing had been established. He now primarily plays up upright bass. David has played with hundreds of musicians and appeared on more than 70 recordings.

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Rick Richards

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Rick  is one of the most talented Drummers / Percussionist any where to be found.  His list of credits are too many to name, but some of note are: Joe Walsh, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Bill Kirchen and many more. Rick has toured the world and played on hundreds of Studio Sessions. 




Bradley Kopp - Bradley is a great Guitar player, Producer, Engineer, and anything else you might need. He has toured around the world and we're lucky to have him when he can be with us.

A well-respected guitarist since the mid-seventies in the Boulder, Colorado music scene, Bradley Kopp is a native Texan who grew up in a musical family in the Texas panhandle. 
In the early eighties, Bradley came to Austin, Texas. Since then, Bradley has worked with artists such as Lorrie Singer, Eliza Gilkyson, Iain Matthews, Bob Livingston, Robyn Ludwick, Will Sexton, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Alejandro Escovedo, Sara Hickman, Jimmy LaFave, Charlie Robison, Kris McKay, Freddie KRC and many others. Bradley has performed on Austin City Limits, The Texas Connection, TNN Onstage, Crook and Chase, and the Tonight Show. He has toured extensively in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan. 
These day Bradley juggles his playing career with his career a producer.

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Rich Bowden

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Richard Bowden - Great Fiddle player and entertainer. One of the best anywhere in the world.

He was the fiddler and mandolin player for more than ten years in Lubbock, TX for The Maines Brothers Band, featuring the incomparable Lloyd Maines on steel guitar. Richard lives in Austin now, where he retired as member of the always clever and sardonic "Austin Lounge Lizards." He still performs regularly with  artists Cary Swinney, Terry Allen, Bob Livingston, Barbara K, Will T. Massey, and more.

Robb Kidd

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Robb Kidd - One of our other great drummers / percussionist  based in Austin, TX.  Robb played all the drum parts on the new Grouchy Like Riley CD. He tours the world with several artists and we are always glad to have him when he is in Central Texas. 

Brad Houser

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Brad Houser  - One of the great Bass players and Saxophone players around.  Brad bases  both in Austin and Dallas, TX. He tours extensively as a founding member of The New Bohemians with Edie Brickell. Brad played the bass parts on the new Grouchy Like Riley CD. We're always happy to have him with us when he can.