Sleepin' Dogz is comprised of singer-songwriter / acoustic rhythm guitarist Jeannie Blatus and lead guitarist Leo Burke. Their sound blends a blues injected rock groove with pop flavored jazz. Jeannie's songs are intimate and sometimes uncomfortably honest. Her voice and performance echoes the passion of Beth Hart combined with the soulful blues stylings of Bonnie Raitt. Very diverse, one moment she conjures up the vein-popping, sweaty, powerful rocker within, and then it's a healthy dose of sweet, smooth, and sultry. Hook laden and catchy, her songs are the kind you find yourself singing all day
Leo Burke's guitar work adds an edgy excitement to the music. His poignant, melodic playing tastefully weaves throughout the songs like a second harmonizing voice. Influenced by rock fusion guitarist such as Steve Morse and Jeff Beck, Leo's close relationship with his instrument (guitar that is) gives him the ability to rip out a face melting lead or gently seduce with a beautiful melody.
Their mutual love of music grew into a love for each other that is undeniably evident on stage. Together they put on a passionate performance. They initially built a strong, creative bond while performing previously in Vero Beach, Florida based Rock band, 4 Steps Closer. Sleepin' Dogz released their self-titled CD in 2005 with rave reviews. The project was a compilation of songs recorded with members of 4SC, Sheldon Shrum (bass & backup vocals), John Aughinbaugh (drums) and guest percussionist Kevin Lureau combined with a number of all acoustic tracks. They are currently in the studio recording and self-producing their second LP with the projected release being late Spring of 2008. Nationally touring for over 5 years, they have developed a loyal and ever-growing fan base.
Tre Amici Songwriter's Series 2008
"A Sleepin' Dogz show is a musical meal that is equal parts sweet, spicy and satisfying. With two people as obviously in tune with each other as Leo and Jeannie are, you know you're watching something special."