George Pendergast is the original drummer for long running rock band Dishwalla. In 1996, the band earned a Billboard Award for Best Rock Song, as well as two ASCAP awards for Rock Track Of The Year in both 1996 and 1997 for their song “Counting Blue Cars,” which drove their debut album, Pet Your Friends, to sell more than one million copies. And in March of this year, that timeless song received gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America for digital sales and streams of over 500,000 units.
Dishwalla released a new 3-song EP called Alive on May 13th via Pavement Entertainment.
George sits with Dr. Music to discuss that EP, his time away from the band, his Rock Shop Academy, writing songs for films, and being in a “band without a face.”
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Hello everyone! My name is Scott Itter, but some know me as Dr. Music. I am a music journalist and photographer out of the Chicagoland area, and I have been in practice for over 20 years. I grew up in the 70’s with two big brothers that showed me all kinds of rock and roll. As I grew older I ventured out into different genres like jazz, funk, folk, and whatever else I could wrap my ears around. As I read every liner note and every Circus and Hit Parader like they were the Old and New Testament, I came to realize that I just love sound and appreciate all the people that create it.
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