T-Dawg Presents is a veteran and well-versed music production company that, over the past 18 years, has been presenting concerts and festivals on the local, regional, and national levels. Founder Thomas “T-Dawg” Helland is a fixture on the roots music scene and often sought after as a consultant to assist with promotion, production, and lineup suggestions. Throughout the journey, TDawg has maintained a vision that brings together some of the finest roots musicians from both the Southeast and nationwide in an environment that is always conducive to the experience of music, bonds and friendships that will last a lifetime.
Currently working as Director of Concerts & Community Outreach for The Frank Hamilton School, TDawg is excited about his new direction and applying his skills and experiences to the community.
The company known as TDawg Presents (formerly TDawg’s Productions) is the creator and ultimately co-producer of a nationally known 3-Day music and camping festival called Blue Ridge HarvestFest (BRHF) that had a life span of 8 years (1998-2005). During that time, BRHF took off from being a critically acclaimed regional roots music explosion to a national level of critical acclaim while maintaining the highest level of professionalism and intimacy simultaneously. When the festival ended its run in 2005, folks were traveling from all corners of the country for the experience provided by BRHF. In 2001, TDawg brought on High Sierra Music as partners, and HarvestFest had already attained a level of recognition such that it was named a Top Five Bluegrass Festival in the country in Fortune Magazine in their summer issue.
A list of musicians that TDawg has worked with over the years reads like a who’s who of American roots musicians covering bluegrass, country/ Americana, blues, funk, jamband, old-time, jazz, and everything in between. Peter Rowan, Leftover Salmon, Tony Rice, The Funky Meters, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Derek Trucks Band, Donna the Buffalo, the late Vassar Clements, John Prine, Wet Willie, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, David Bromberg, Keller Williams, the late John Hartford, The Waybacks, Railroad Earth, Steep Canyon Rangers, Nickel Creek’s Chris Thile & Sara Watkins, The Reeltime Travelers, The Radiators, Soulive, Medeski Martin & Wood, Yonder Mountain String Band, Jim Lauderdale, Sam Bush Band, moe., Blueground Undergrass, Larry Keel, The Duhks, JJ Grey & Mofro, John Butler Trio, Papa Mali, Psychograss, Darol Anger & Mike Marshall, Guy Clark & Verlon Thompson, Acoustic Syndicate, The Overtakers, Snake Oil Medicine Show, Col. Bruce Hampton & The Codetalkers, David Grisman Quintet, Joe Craven, Caroline Aiken, Ralph Roddenbery. This is just a very partial list of artists with whom TDawg has worked over the years.
Although BRHF has not been active since 2005, TDawg has continued to produce events primarily in Atlanta venues of all sizes, including a backyard or two and some livingrooms in the cold weather, as well as camping events – called TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny – at Cherokee Farms in LaFayette, GA, in the NW corner of the state. Over the years, these Hootenannies have drawn a strongly loyal audience from that region, Atlanta, and Alabama and Tennessee for a weekend of camping. The 19th and final Hoot occurred at the weekend of April 1-2, 2016.
TDawg has a long-standing relationship and friendship with the renowned Tree Sound Studios and Tree Leaf Music, a green recording studio and production company that encourages alternative energy use all the way down to CD production. We are extremely excited about what the future holds in store for us. TDawg has also co-produced several live efforts from Tree Sound Studios. Each event is powered by wind & solar power.