Contact CAU AD_ServicesDog Records:

Michael Teach: A&R

Chicago, IL USA.

CAUDog Services Include: Full Album Engineering, Tracking and Production, Local and Regional Booking, Print and Online Publicity Campaigns; Duplication: CD, digital dropcard and vinyl, Merchandise Development, Art Design, Artist Development, Logistics and Lodging, Event Promotion, Artist Promotion, Video, Event Support and Sponsorships & Partnerships. CAU is dedicated to original artists. Find out how we can help make your music magnificent.



Professional production for singer-songwriters is the goal of CAUDog Records. Creative chops coupled with ears with years of industry experience create fresh tracks ranging in styles from pop, folk, rock, country, americana and more. To date, CAU has produced albums for singer-songwriters ranging from Chicago favorites to international artists.

“We start with the core of a fantastic singer-songwriter we believe in, then build from there,” says Executive Producer Michael Teach.

On CAUDog Records, you’ll hear not only amazing singer-songwriters, but dynamite arrangements that push the envelope on creativity and truly magic results. Session musicians include Earl Talbot (Poi Dog Pondering), Brad Elvis (The Romantics, The Handcuffs), Mars Williams (Chicago sax legend) and more.

This is thanks in no small part to CAUDog Records’ secret weapon: omnimusician, multi-instrumental wonder, enigmatic ears behind the board, and concept master for arrangements, Producer/Engineer Ellis Clark.

Clark has been a longtime fixture of the Chicago music community working as a performing musician, singer-songwriter, recording artist and record producer. He was the founding member and front man for the band Epicycle and later Social act which in combination have released numerous albums of original material.

Clark’s many producer/engineering credits include records by Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), The Chamber Strings, Kevin Tihista & Red Terror, Nikki Sudden (with Jeff Tweedy) and more recently Brian Walker’s “Into The Light” featuring guest vocal performances by American Idol star Crystal Bowersox.

Recognized for his astute songwriting skils, Clark was signed to Paramount Picture’s music publishing division Famous Music and is proud to be part of Chicago Acoustic Underground, with a shared dedication to the development of new artists. He founded Cirkle Records & Idiot Savant Records and is currently Producer for all albums released on the CAUDog Records label.

In addition to making solo performances with his band, Ellis is the lead guitarist for The Handcuffs who have enjoyed national success with their music placed on the hit TV shows Gossip Girl, The Hills and Jersey Shore. As a mutli-instrumentalist he makes occasional live guest appearances with some of the acts he has produced including Goodbye Home, Jane Thatcher and Phil Angotti. In his career, he has shared the bill with Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins, UB40, The Neville Brothers, Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze) and Dave Davies (The Kinks) to name a few.


CAU welcomes and presents top talent brought in locally, regionally and nationally. CAU welcomes bands and artists in all genres- not just “acoustic” music. This includes full bands with thunderous, energetic amps churning out rock and roll as well as classic and cutting-edge folk/roots acts.

Using select venues, CAU Booking makes a home for stripped-down acoustic acts as well as full electric bands. CAU is proud to create shows fans rely on. CAU is a trusted talent scout and always brings concert-goers something special. Come to the next show and find out why!

CAU Showcase Booking Contact: Hannah Frank


CAUDog Records creates merchandise opportunities for artists and fans. Quality products range from vinyl, CDs, DVDs, T-shirts, dropcards, and more. Show your support and buy a track, album or merchandise from our upcoming store (stay tuned!).

We offer CDs with album artwork and layout by local artists including Chicago’s Kevin Lahvic. Along with traditional media like CDs, we offer convenient dropcards. Dropcards (a plastic card similar to a credit card) allow fans to download tracks online with a code, making a “green” and easy way to deliver music to fans digitally.

Through merchandise and marketing, CAU supports artists and their mission to make revenue from their art as well as give fans something to show off proudly and enjoy. CAU partners with MileLong Records and other fine providers for CD duplication.

Event Promotion

With CAU, you can harness the power needed to connect with fans and the media. CAU promotes and publicizes local and touring artists which contribute to the growing original music scene in Chicago. This includes CAU Showcases, CAUDog Records artists event. We also support a variety of fundraisers and festivals. This ranges from a local independent artists’ CD Release show, to alerting fans to national talent or special events by touring artists or local organizations.

CAU develops and delivers press releases to major print media, web publications, blogs and college media. We create large full-color posters and postcards. Online, we get a buzz going on Facebook, Twitter and through Chicago-centric associates like Chicago Music Guide and OnAxis Musc. Performing acts often appear on CAU podcasts to create buzz before shows. CAU can create cutting-edge video ads for online marketing. Utilizing our video and promotional skills, we reach out to fans in numerous, creative ways.

To work together with CAU in promoting your event or festival, please reach us today. Networking with top bands and organizations to turn people on to great music is our favorite thing!

Event Promotions Contact: Hannah Frank,

Artist Promotion

From EPKs to websites, we fully support CAUDog Artists as they develop their standing in the music community with top-notch marketing tools. Our promotional goal is to introduce products from fantastic CAUDog artists to fans worldwide, and keep fans up-to-date with latest releases and actions of CAUDog artists.

CAUDog keeps tabs on artists with press releases, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Posterous, as well as adding to their arsenal with bios and full-length articles. We work with artists, photographers and designers to create stunning images for album artwork. Online, CAUDog provides website design and development, partnering with Web Quest Development.

CAU champions live event HD video and photography, as seen at CAU Vimeo and CAU Flikr. CAU was one of the first to place EPKs on portable Flash Drives, making a music calling card that keeps up with technology. CAU uses its vast pool of resources and technology to help promote all artists in new and exciting ways.

CAU partners with OnAxis Music for album reviews, album artwork and articles on up-and-coming artists.  To  learn how CAU can help promote your act or CD, contact us today. We offer music career consulting to independent artists to define and meet goals. The entire crew of CAU offers years of industry experience at your disposal. Just ask!

Artist Promotions Contact: Michael Teach,


Professional HD video is now a key element in launching music careers. CAUDog is there each step of the way. The goal of CAUDog Video is to promote artists in tune with online trends.

With CAU, video is accessible. We give artists direct connection to this powerful visual medium and let their creativity soar. CAU Video Services will professionally capture live events, interview, video advertisement and complete music videos from start to finish.

CAUDog video is affordable to independent musicians, with the quality you need and expect for your success. Partnering with Jet Dragon Productions, our extensive experience includes live events and capturing the magic of every artist. For information on how CAU can help create great video for you, contact us today.

Video Services Contact: Michael Narvaez,

Event Support

CAUDog and CAU supports local artists and touring acts. We proudly assist with artist needs: identifying and booking venues, lodging, as well as high-quality gear and backline rental. We offer complete live show support with professional video and photography, as well as pro audio equipment and PA rental.

CAUDog provides sound reinforcement with equipment by PreSonus and top brands, as well as engineers and techs with years of industry experience to make your event a success. We offer consulting for your event to make sure it goes off without a hitch. Let us help you with our local resources and worldly experience.

Live Sound Reinforcement Contact: Michael Narvaez,

Sponsorships and Partnerships

Community is what makes music scenes and musicians grow. No one knows this better than CAU. Whether you are a small, independent music organization or a corporate industry leader, we can work together to touch the lives of musicians and fans.

We have stitched partnerships and generous sponsorships into the fabric of CAU. Some of our associations for live events include Audiotree. CAU has sponsored events supporting Rolfe Pancreatic Research Foundation, The Chroideremia Research Foundation and Connections for Abused Women and Their Children. CAU has worked with Stonebridge Guitars and has been a proud sponsor of Chicago’s Guitarfest. Supporting independent and creative media outlets, CAU makes contributions to WDCB and Vocalo.

The goal of CAU Sponsorships and Partnerships is to create opportunities and networks for businesses, organizations, artists and music fans.

Sponsorship and Partnership Contact: Michael Teach,

If you require any services not listed, or have any questions, just ask! We’re happy to help.

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