PERFORMS WITH: Andy Griggs
About the ArtistHailing from Detroit, Michigan, Doug was raised in a family of working musicians. Being much younger than his talented brothers, Doug's interest in music began at a very early age and by the age of five was performing at educational seminars for the regional "Anderson Music" chain. A highly versatile player, Doug's formative years were heavily influenced by old R&B (Otis Redding, James Brown & Al Green) and Funk (Earth, Wind & Fire). Moving to LA, Doug spent four years performing and recording with the power pop band Eden's Journal. "A great experience, with great friends" he says. With the wonderful advice of friend, Ron Gannaway (drummer for Steve Wariner, Gretchen Wilson) Doug moved to Nashville and within two weeks was touring with Trisha Yearwood. He has since toured with several artist including Kimber Cleveland, Mike Robinson, Ray Scott, and is currently doing dates as MD for Kelly Sweet and also working with Jason Meadows. Focusing lately on a "sometimes elusive" balance of session work and travel dates, Nashville will definitely be home for a long time to come...
Doug has been influenced by artist such as Steve Gadd, Jeff Porcaro, Vinnie Colaiuta, Eddie Bayer, Dave Weckl and Steve Smith. He chose Gretsch drums because they sound great and feel like home to him. He claims that Gretsch drums have character and a throat tone that he just loves. Doug's advice for aspiring musicians is to be confident and easygoing. He says when touring he says he plays and hour and the other 23 hours are all about the vibe.
At the movies: Doug is Gwyneth Paltrow's drummer in the upcoming movie release "Country Strong" and also co-wrote, produced and played on the song "Strong For you" featured in the documentary film "Beyond the Myth". Check them out!