Finally, Doug Seegers has a brand new album coming up. “Walking On the Edge of The World” was recorded in Nashville in January and will be released in Scandinavia late May. Check this web page for information on release dates outside Scandinavia.
Written by Paul Kerr for Blabber ‘n’ Smoke
Doug Seegers has a back story you couldn’t make up. A New Yorker who drifted to Nashville when hard times hit he was homeless for a while, recorded some songs one of which went viral in Sweden. This led to a recording contract and an opportunity to have Emmylou Harris appear on his debut album which has been universally praised. His appearance tonight was his UK debut and one that exploded any notions one might have had that he’d provide the soulful country groove that permeates the album, Going Down To The River. Tall, rangy, cowboy shirt and hat on, Seegers turned in a fierce honky tonk shock peppered with some Western swing backed by drummer Simon Wilhelmsson, bassist Scott Esbeck and flamboyant fiddler Barbara Lamb. Back in his homeless busking days Seegers was sometimes known as Duke the Drifter and tonight it wasn’t a huge leap to imagine him as a present day version of Luke The Drifter, a nom de plume of Hank Williams back in the days. Stretching it a bit perhaps but Seegers sang and rocked as if his life depended on it throwing in Luke like thanks to the Lord for his current good luck. He opened with Angie’s Song, the opening song from his album with its laid back seventies folk rock feel but pretty soon he was into the ball busting blues of Hard Working Man and a much tougher version of Going Down To The River than that on the album. There was gospel on Will You Ever Take The Hand Of Jesus, world weary loss on The Edge Of The World and some actual Hank on a cover of There’ll Be No Teardrops Tonight. There was humour and bathos on Pour Me which was preceded by a fine tale of a cheating wife while Precious Wedding Vow should become mandatory at each proposal. Barbara Lamb on fiddle was a joy to behold, carrying all solos with a zest she added spark to Seegers’ fire on what was, for Blabber’n’Smoke, the gig of the festival…. CONTINUE READING
Written by Jeff Nelson for People Magazine
Eighteen months ago, Doug Seegers was living under a bridge in Nashville. Recently laid off from a job, he found himself homeless once again, as he had been on and off throughout his life. A singer-songwriter who’d moved to the country capital to chase his music dreams, Seegers, 62, often spent his days playing his songs on the streets. In September 2013, shortly after he sobered up, he says, he got… CONTINUE READING
Written by Jim Ridley for the Nashville Scene
On one side of a high wooden fence on Lafayette Street sits the Nashville Rescue Mission, temporary shelter to hundreds of homeless men, women and children. On the other is City Winery Nashville, the sleek, expansive new wine-bar-cum-listening-room. It’s an upscale club where patrons enjoy top-dollar entertainment with drinks, dinner and niceties like valet parking. The distance between the mission and City Winery is perhaps 200 feet. It took Doug Seegers about 10 months to go from one to the other… CONTINUE READING