About WATERDOG MUSIC
was co-founded in 1991 by Ralph Covert, lead man for the
Bad Examples, and Jay Whitehouse, a musician,
music fan and indie music insider for 11 years. Whitehouse Records,
a "sister" label to Waterdog, started in 1994. In a seven-year
period, the two labels released or reissued over 30 CDs by a wide range
of musical talent. A restructuring in 1999 saw the creation of a new entity:
Waterdog Music. The combined labels released the early efforts of such now-rising
stars as Kat Parsons and Carey Ott of
Torben Floor. At present Waterdog Music
is solely concentrating on the career of Ralph Covert and his Bad Examples
and Ralph's World musical efforts.
Absolute Records was formed in 1986 by Styx's hard rockin' guitarist James "JY" Young to launch his solo career with "City Slicker," and 1993's "Out On A Day Pass." JY released a group effort with The James Young Group, with one full album (and a lot of great live gigs) completed. In 1995, JY teamed up with Whitehouse Records to co-release the JY Group's "Raised By Wolves" as well as re-releasing his first two efforts. Styx bandmate Tommy Shaw's CD's ("Girls With Guns," and "What If") were remixed, remastered, and re-released through Absolute as well but are now out-of-print. JY and Tommy are always on tour with Styx.