The Story

Where we’re from.  Where we’re going.  Why we do anything at all.

Sound Dog Music Company exists to create music that demands to be intentionally listened to.

Sound Dog Music Company was created by me, Steve Gansen.  Here’s a picture.

Good Guitar Pic

Sound Dog was born out of a unique set of experiences and a strong sense of passion.  Long before realizing music could be played, much less monetized, I was a dedicated music LISTENER.  Some of my earliest memories and most watched childhood videos consist of a toddler version of myself belting out country songs.  My passion for great music eventually turned into a passion for playing music…so I got a guitar and moved to Nashville.

My time in Nashville was primarily spent behind a guitar.  With that guitar I played on national tours and in local bars.  As a producer I recorded in commercial studios and bedroom studios.  I saw and heard every aspect of the music industry and one thing couldn’t have become more clear: music is nothing without its listeners.

A successful music community is a delicate balance between the artist and the listener.  The artist has a RESPONSIBILITY to create to the best of his or her ability.  He or she must stay true to what they believe is their best self expression.  Even more important is the listener.  The listener must INTENTIONALLY listen to, appreciate, and support the art of musicThis is the only way great music can survive.

Sound Dog Music Co. exists to create responsibly and listen intentionally.

I sincerely hope we can work together to create great music and foster a community of intentional listeners.