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Dogtooth Violet collection

Identifier: MS 0907
Finding aid note: Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Content Description

This collection contains Dogtooth Violet-related posters, documents, and audio.


  • Creation: 1975 - 2019
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1974 - 1975

Conditions Governing Access

This materials is open for research.

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be obtained from Dogtooth Violet, as well as any other content copyright holders.

Biographical / Historical

In 1973, Pam Grimes was playing at Sand Mountain Coffee House. Bob Oldreive approached her about joining a nascent band with his friend Bill Bertinot. Soon after the band became larger adding Joe Lindley, Richard "RJ" Jacob, and Marty Smith. The band christened themselves Dogtooth Violet and made a name for themselves playing a version of "country-rock" that was popular in the mid-1970s.

The band's lineup played a variety of instruments: Joe Lindley - fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, vocals; Bob Oldreive - vocals, rhythm guitar; Bill Bertinot - lead guitar, steel guitar, dobro; Pam Grimes - vocals, washboard, guitar; Richard "RJ" Jacob - drums, vocals; Marty Smith - bass. Bob Oldreive, Pam Grimes, and Bill Bertinot wrote original music.

The band went their separate ways in 1976 with three of the members creating the band Paradise.

Since the 1980s, Dogtooth Violet has reunited to play shows in Houston at venues like Rockefeller's, Fitzgerald's, Anderson Fair Retail Restaurant, and most recently Warehouse Live. Marty Smith joined the band for most of the reunions, but passed in 2003.


2 Linear Feet (1 oversize box and 1 LP box)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of documents, posters and audio documenting the band Dogtooth Violet.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Bob Oldrieve and Pam Grimes in 2016 and 2019.

Related Materials

Please see Dogtooth Violet images in the Houston Folk Music collection, MS 649. See also the online exhibit:

Guide to the Dogtooth Violet collection, 1974-2019
Norie Guthrie
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA