Did you miss the concert? Doug Seegers was interviewed, performed several songs, and took calls from listeners the day after our show on 10/13 during the second hour of On Point from WBUR, Boston. Emmylou Harris was on the line for several minutes talking about their duet on Doug's record. The full show is now available online here.
Saturday, Oct 11th, 8pm
From Nashville Street Singer to Global Phenomenon!
Doug Seegers debut solo album entitled "Going Down to the River", to be released on October 7, 2014, on Rounder Records, is raw, rootsy, and emotionally charged. A brilliant 62 year old singer who struggled with homelessness for years, Seegers found acclaim when Swedish country music star, Jill Johnson, discovered him at "The Little Pantry That Could", a charity serving the hungry of West Nashville, Tennessee. Jill Johnson was doing a documentary about down-and-out musicians. Each week the pantry has a singer-songwriter night, and it was there that Jill Johnson discovered Doug Seegers. Jill had Doug record his song "Going Down to the River". The song became an instant sensation when it was rolled out in Sweden, topping the iTunes chart. Seegers got a record deal in Sweden and embarked on a 60 gig tour in Sweden. Seegers has been #1 on the national album chart in Sweden.
"Going Down to the River" features collaborations with multi-Grammy winners Buddy Miller and Emmylou Harris, both of whom have championed the formerly down-and-out singer. Emmylou states: "When I first heard his voice, so full of soul and raw emotion, I was stunned. This man has lived these songs, not in his imagination but every long day over many hard years. He stands before you now-ready to testify. Listen and believe."
This personal introspective album includes 10 Seegers originals and two covers, including a duet with Emmylou Harris. The CD examines the full gamut of emotions from lonely despair to exalted salvation and melds such diverse moods as a Texas swing dance floor gem ("Hard Working Man") to woe-is-me lament ("Pour Me") to shuffling honky-tonk ("Baby Lost Her Way Home Again")