Sunday, December 7, 2008

"Let's Doghouse: A Tribute to Liam Rector" available for preorder

Bennington band produces tribute album
Profits to benefit Liam Rector Scholarship Fund

BENNINGTON, VT (Dec. 9, 2008) — A new CD, "Let's Doghouse: A Tribute to Liam Rector," will be released Jan. 10 at the winter residency of the Bennington Writing Seminars.

Featuring a writerly mix of country howlers, dog-biscuit blues and opry-style muzzle warmers from Bennington Writing Seminars faculty, staff, and alumni who operate as the Dog House Band, the album celebrates Rector, the late founding director of the writing seminars. It will also help bolster the coffers for the scholarship in his name.

"We wanted a way to share with the Bennington community the spirit of those late night music sessions that Liam so loved," said Sven Birkerts, director of the Bennington Writing Seminars and band member. "The profits from the CD sales will go toward a goal Liam always had for this program: to make more scholarships available to students."

Pre-orders are being accepted through Jan. 8, and the CD will be formally released during the winter residency Jan. 10. Members of the Dog House Band will play a concert at the student center, followed by an open mic. All are welcome to attend. Pre-ordered CDs will be mailed out that weekend, and the CD will be available for sale at the event and throughout the residency at the Bennington Bookstore.

"We have each benefited from Liam's vision in creating this MFA program," said Erica Plouffe Lazure, a June 08 alum and band member. "The Dog House Band CD project pays tribute to that vision and will hopefully, through the scholarship, make a Bennington education even more accessible for years to come."

In addition to Birkerts and Lazure, members of the band are: vocalist Rebecca Chace (June 08 alum); vocalist and guitarist David Gates (writing seminars faculty member); vocalist and guitarist Ben Hartlage (June 08 alum); and bassist Lee Clay Johnson (technician).

Donations for the CDs are $15 each, plus $1.99 shipping/handling (total: $16.99). Checks can be made out and mailed to:

Erica Plouffe Lazure or Rebecca Chace
c/o Bennington Writing Seminars
One College Drive
Bennington College
Bennington , VT 05201

Payments via Paypal or credit card are also available at the Doghouse web site, Look for PayPal's "Buy Now" button (in the left-hand column). Write to for more information.


CONTACT: The Dog House Band at

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