Who's Doug?

Doug grew up in the Davis Mountains of west Texas. In 1992, he set out to play music. He traveled and lived all over Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Tennessee, and honed his entertainment skills on fiddle and guitar and as a songwriter; first comedic, but quickly moved into Western Swing dancehall style! During the early years, he worked side jobs framing houses, and wrangling on a dude ranch. There he acquired a new best friend and sidekick: a smart McNab/Border Collie dog he named Holly-peño. She performed in his music shows and appeared with him on national television a number of times! She sang and played the fiddle, and seemed to understand anything he asked her to do! He also picked up chainsaw carving (in 1998) for an additional source of income and another expression of his artistic talent. In 2002 he built a workshop, storefront, and home base near his aging grandparents, and setup as a small-town community icon just outside the Austin city limits. In addition to touring and carving, Doug hosted there at his shop a weekly songwriter gathering, and recorded a weekly radio show with live musical guests. He produced an annual music event there he named “Calfry” and boasted a tasteful lineup of his favorite bands, along with carving demonstrations and a calf fry cookoff. He also renovated a few vehicles there: a couple Cadillacs (one painted like a Texas flag with giant cattle horns on the hood!), a Jeep, a school bus, and a few lawn mowers and scooters! He even swapped a Cummins diesel engine into his Ford diesel band van, and another one into his 4×4 ambulance camper van. His wife Suzy helped him build his workshop and showroom for his art out of reclaimed materials, as well as a little bunkhouse they lived in with an outdoor kitchen and shower. With natural and holistic living in mind, they also built another tiny house with a sleeping loft, an infrared sauna and soaking tub for detoxing, and an attached greenhouse. They kept a beautiful no-till garden for a few years and built a whimsical, mobile chicken wagon for a small flock. In 2009, Doug attracted a wood-worker by the name of R.L. Blair to join in the exploits. Known far and wide for his 40-year expertise in the chainsaw carving business (and contract work done for world-wide Disney© theme parks), R.L. brought a dynamic that enhanced Doug’s ideas and raised Doug’s skill levels immensely! R.L. contributed (and sometimes ramrodded) many of Doug’s aforementioned projects. In 2017, Doug started to disassemble everything he had built and renovated a school bus for his wife and 2 children to travel in full-time. They spent 2 summers exploring Colorado and Washington where Doug competed in chainsaw carving contests. They returned to Texas for Doug to continue his carving and musical performances with his band, now in full-time mobile capacity.

Musical Merit

Doug has received a Will Rogers Cowboy Award for Western Music Male Performer of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists. He also received an Entertainer of the Year award from the Texas Music Awards.

Noteworthy Appearances

Doug’s tour has extended from the state of Texas, western across the country and even to Europe. The band has performed with well-established acts such as Willie NelsonAsleep At The WheelRobert Earl Keen, Canadian Country Music star Corb Lund, and folk-rocker Ryan Bingham.

Doug appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2003 with his former companion Holly-peño (a black/white McNab dog). They appeared together on Animal Planet's Pet Star, as well as Ripley's Believe It Or Not!  Doug has also made guest appearances in a handful of films, most notably the 2012 Richard Linklater film Bernie along with Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine.