In BB King’s bus after a show we did together near
Seattle At The Chateau St. Michelle Winery.
With my son Jesse after the show we did at The Lake Theatre
in Lake Oswego OR to promote ‘Break The Chain’.
With Bobby Rush and Barry G at The Doheny Blues Festival. Bobby and I were going over the notes for the DVD of my stories when Barry dropped by.
Getting to meet and spend some time with one of my main ‘right hand’ influences Spider John Koerner at Palmers Bar in Minneapolis on a Sunday morning at 10 AM.
On Beale Street with one of the all time greats and nicest guys you’ll ever want to meet - Bob Stroger.
Spending a little time with Keb Mo and The 2015 Blues Music Awards
Me and my lady Patti Joy with the 2016 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist Of The Year. With all the really talented acoustic artists in this category - it's a great honor.
With newly inducted Blues Hall of Fame member Elvin Bishop. We think it was Elvin's vote that put me over the top. :-)
Hanging out with two of the 'All Time Greats' at The Blues Hall of Fame.
Bobby Rush and Otis Clay.
With Chris Smither at The Fur Peace Ranch
With my manager Miki Mulvehill at The Lucerne Blues Festival
With Ian McWee of Diamond Bottlenecks
With Art Tipaldi of Blues Music Magazine
With Eva Cassidy’s Folks ( Barbara and Hugh ) at Archie’s Blues Heritage in D.C.
With Mitch Woods at The BMA’s 2016
The finale of The Acousitc Blues Summit Tour of Québec with André Lachance,
Guy Bélanger, Paul DesLauriers and André-Marc Drouin.
With Jarekus Singleton at The 2015 WC Handy Blues & BBQ Festival.
Here's a photo of Esther Crayton ( the widow of Pee Wee Crayton ) and my son Jesse (who's Godfather was Pee Wee ) at Esther's home in LA. She still looks great and she has never lost an ounce of that wonderful spirit of hers! We had a wonderful time together. She told us some history of the blues scene here in LA on Central Ave. And, a few hilarious Pee Wee stories that I can't repeat here!
With Elvin Bishop at The Blues Music Awards Hall Of Fame Dinner.
With Anson Funderburgh and my wife PJ. Y'know, Anson was a big reason why PJ and I got married. So this photo means quite a lot to the three of us!
Winner of the 2014 Blues Music Awards for Acoustic Artist Of The Year and
Acoustic Album Of The Year (There's A Time)... If you notice, it's kinda' cool cause some body ( Probably Patti my wife ) put a toothpick on one of the statues! :-)
With Terry Mullins accepting The 2013 Blues Blast Music Award For Male Artist Of The Year at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago.
A cool textured photo by Robert Hughes of me and 'Moon's performance
at The 2013 Blues Blast Music Awards in Chicago
With Tom Holland December 2013
With Jr. Watson, Jimmy Lee and Deacon Jones. Long Beach CA 2013
With Michael Leasure December 2013
Telling one of my 'Roscoe & Pervo' jokes to Jr. Watson with Trenda Fox
and Jimmy Lee looking on.
Here's a photo of the guitars I used for the recording session at Skywalker Studios in March of 2014. From the left the names are: Owl, Bullet, Moon, and 'Lil Bit.
With Jan McWorter of Hi-Hat Entertainment and my long time pal and great bass player Denny Croy after a great gig at Yolie's in Ventura CA. December-2013
Here's a full page/inside cover page ad National Reso-Phonic Guitars was running in issue 74 - January 2013 of ACOUSTIC The UK's only dedicated acoustic magazine. www.acousticmagazine.com
With Marquis Knox (also from St.Louis and one of the very best young Bluesmen out there) at The Blues Masters At The Crossroads Festival 2013. We are both big STL Cardinal fans and we just heard that our 'Redbirds' had beaten the Dodgers and were heading to the World Series.
"Sharing some laughs with The Biscuit Miller Band before the Simply Jazz
And Blues Festival in Beaver WV."
For you fans of George Harmonica Smith here's a shot of me and George's widow Christine (nicknamed 'Teen') at her 80th Birthday Party last Saturday afternoon. I said, You're eighty years old 'Tine'?" She said, " Yes I am Dubb.'' I replied, "It's not good for a church woman to lie!"
That's George 'Harmonica' Smith, myself, and Gilbert Hansen on bass. Got to be around 1978. Looks like George was saying something 'George' to me.
With my pal Zac Harmon at The Old Red Sings The Blues in Dallas TX. Fine musician and the leader of one of the best bands I've heard in a long long time.
With Raymond Levine and Tommy Castro-hanging out at The Wurlitzer Manor
in Gig Harbor WA.
Having a great visit with Phil Wiggins, Roy Bookbinder, and 'Blind Boy' Paxton at Merlefest. Great musicians and great guys to boot!
I've been in Linden TX doing the T-Bone Walker Festival and staying in a cabin. Great place on a lake. But I was so far in the country that yesterday arrived today! Here's a mural close to the town square in Linden- the birthplace of T-Bone Walker. I met T-Bone's daughter Bernita after my Friday night concert. We had a great visit. Loved her energy-maybe she got that from her Dad? I like to think so.
With Mary Flower along with Arthur Migliazza - Dusty Strings Seattle WA
Here's a shot of me and Lloyd Jones at Duff's Garage in Portland the night of the 'There's A Time' CD release party. Notice the license plate in the background?
Me and Coco Montoya playing the song we wrote "You'd Think I'd Know Better"
at The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival 2012.
Finally got to meet one of my favorite ladies last night at The Hall of Fame Dinner
at The BMA's in Memphis TN - Denise LaSalle. I sure played a lot of her music
when I was the 'jock' on KLON/KJZZ in Los Angeles.
Here's a mural on Camp Street in Crockett TX. Keeping a piece of the history of The Texas Blues alive. Pip Gillette told me an Eagle Scout did this as a contribution to his community. Pretty special, huh?
Here's a pretty good bunch of musicians for ya. Terry Hanck, Sugar Ray Norcia,
Charlie Musselwhite, and Dubb hanging out before the Hall of Fame
Dinner Memphis TN 2012.
At the end of the night I got to meet Bobby Blue Bland. Truly one of the best singers to walk the planet. And a very gracious man. Memphis TN 2012.
NAMM 2012 with Steve James, Hans Theessink, Bob Brozman, Haley Brozman,
and Milica Theessink at The National Guitar Booth.
With Joey Delgado and Coco Montoya outside the Maui Sugar Mill-Tarzana, CA
With former AudioQuest label mate Joe Beard at The Blues Masters
At The Crossroads in Salina KS (Oct / 2011).
Joking around outside the Blue Heaven Studios in Salina KS with Roy Head
of 'Treat Her Right' fame. (Oct / 2011).
With Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith and Michael Frank at The BMA's - Memphis TN 2011.
With the great harmonica player James Cotton after the Chenango Blues Festival.
Not at the festival - but at a Denny's the day after during breakfast!
With buddy John Hammond at the BMA's in Memphis. 5/2011
With my friend Arthur Adams at The BMA's 2011
Me and my Canadian Agent Mario Pronovost at The French Café on English Road. Iroquois, Ontario, Canada
Concert at le Chateau Frontenanc in Quebec city (Quebec) Canada
Me with Guy Bélanger and Bernard Legros at The Blues Bar Saint-Laurent
Repentigny (Québec) Canada.
With Kevin Selfe and my old buddy Guitar Shorty in Memphis for the BMA's. May 2011
Here's a shot of Blind Lemon's Headstone
I remember the first time I visited this site some 10 years ago with my wife Patti Joy. She said, "Why don't you leave a pick of yours?" I replied, "I don't use picks." She said, "Yes you do." So once again I left a 'pick' of mine. And did a little straightenin' up around the grave. Just like he asked.
With my friend Walter Trout.... in a suit no less! That's what we were laughing about. Slim Lively got the photo. BMA's Memphis 5/11
With Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith, a lovely lady who I didn't get her name and Pat Morgan. Downstairs at the BMA's. Memphis 5/11
Me and ‘Mule’ on the cover of Blues News in Finland
With ‘Little Bit' at The Sedona Jazz Festival 2001
With Little Milton and Brad Elligood in Long Beach CA circa 1999
With Robert Lockwood Jr and 'Sunshine' Sonny Payne Memphis TN circa 1998
Me and Taj Mahal working with this cool sounding National NRP at the NAMM Show. A little out of focus? Yep, I think the fella who took the shot for me was just a little nervous. But glad we got it! - Jan. 2011.
With John 'Juke' Logan in Sherman Oaks CA circa 1999
With Joe Louis Walker at WC Handy Blues and BBQ Festival
With ‘Buckwheat’ in Romania 2010
Doug with ‘Buckwheat’ imitating George ‘Harmonica’ Smith talking to his 94 year old neighbour Miss Jackson from his porch.
Me and ‘Little Bit' at The Pearl in Dallas TX
Me and ‘Spook’ in Tunica MS at The BMA’s
In Memphis TN with the Legendary Bass Player Bob Stroger 2009
Doug and ‘Little Bit' in Des Moines
Doug and ‘Little Bit' in Des Moines
‘Spook’ just a sittin’ and waitin’ Photo by Pertti Nurmii
With my band in Utrecht Holland 1988. Clockwise from me: Lee Spath (drums), Eric, Ajaye (Bass), and Ed, Czach (Keyboard).
If you've been a fan of acoustic blues for a while - I know you've heard of Koerner,
Ray, and Glover. Three guys who set the folk world upside down with their blues
in the '60's. They hailed from Minneapolis MN. This is a shot of the Viking Bar
where they played.
With my buddy and 1st Harmonica player Beau Johnson in VA Beach near
The Upstairs Coffeehouse 1967.
Where Mr. Banks Played - This a shot of where the old blues singer I learned from
in Toano VA used to play. This was taken in 2006 and of course I was with
him 39 years before.
With Beau Johnson at The Folk Ghetto circa 1967.
Hangin' with James Armstrong-Bryan Lee and Bill Wax after
Alonzo's Memorial Picnic.
Jammin' with James Armstrong-Bryan Lee at Alonzo's Memorial Picnic in Rosedale MD-just outside of Baltimore.
With Leon Blue, who like me, hails from St. Louis
With Son Seals some time in the early ’90’s.
Me with Pinetop Perkins at the Sugar Hill Recording Studio
in Houston TX. Feb. 2009
At the 2010 NAMM Show in Anaheim CA. Jamming and having fun with Bob Brozman on lap National, yours truly, Mike Tempo on percussion, and Denny Croy on the National Style N Bass.
Two fellas who can tell a mess of stories. Me and Roy Bookbinder at The MerieFest 2009.
Visiting with my buddy Sam Avila (the great Hammond B-3 player with the Walter Trout Band) at The NAMM Show / Jan. 2011
With Dave Kida at the Cafe Boogaloo in Hermosa Beach, CA 2006
Doug back stage at the Folk Ghetto in Norfolk Virginia in 1966
Doug - Steve Mugalian - Denny Croy at the Cafe Boogaloo,
Hermosa Beach CA Sept. 2005.
Me and 'Little Bit' at The Blue Cafe New Years Eve.
Doug ‘story tellin’ at McCabes in Santa Monica CA.
Backstage at the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach CA with Bobby Williams and Albert King about 1979.
Backstage in Pasadena with Albert Collins and the Band who included Coco Montoya, me, Dino Spells, Eddie Ahearn, Dennis Walker, and Albert Collins.
Me and my (old style ) National M-1 I call 'Mule' somewhere in Belgium 2009
Man, when you talk about blues radio or any radio for that matter you got to mention this man. This is Sunshine Sonny Payne of King Biscuit Time fame. It had been a long time since we've seen each other and we spent a lot of time catching up. One of the true gentlemen of this world. Ask me to tell you the 'Robert Jr. Lockwood' story if you see me on the road.
Here's me with one of my favorite singers on the planet - Curtis Salgado. Kinda looks like he might have been up to something nefarious before I 'collared' him for this photo- don't ya think?2
Dunvegan Castle on The Isle of Skye. Where my Scottish ancestors hail from.
Me and ‘Scrapper’ in the UK 2008
With my son’s godfather Pee Wee Crayton at Ruebens in Redondo Beach CA. Sometime around 1985. With Eric Ajaye on Bass and Marshall Crayton on sax
Getting to meet one of my all time favorite song writers Willie Dixon
Me playing harp at the Battle of the Blues Harps 2007 with Juke Logan and James Harman
England is a land of signs. Signs upon signs upon signs. Here's a sign that was in the bathroom of a hotel I stayed in. Old style English country hotel-great room-great bed-great breakfast. Ah, but the shower. . . Very 'tempremental' indeed.
Walter Trout and I in Burnley UK.
At the KKJZ studio in Long Beach CA with legendary Jazz DJ Chuck Niles
Laughing with John Cephas after we did a song together at the NAMM
A shot of me and Eric Sardinas backstage at the Sighisoara Blues Festival in Romania with some buddies. Eric and I used to play the Thursday night slot years ago at the old Blue Cafe in Long Beach CA. It was the first time we shared the same stage since that time!
Here's me with The Homemadejamz Band at the jam session after the festival in Sighisoara Romania. The fella to Perry's left is Vali. He was one of the promoters and a fine Resonator guitar player. We all had a great time playing together. Perry the Dad calls me 'Shoe Polish'. Wanna know what that means? Well, right now, I'm not telling!
Backstage with John Lee Hooker and Finis Tasby
Johny Rawls and me in Oregon at The Bronze Blues and Brews Festival
With Lloyd Glenn Stockholm Sweden circa 1982
Meeting Lowell Fulson for the first time 1979
With George Harmonica Smith somewhere in Northern California.
At the New York State Blues Festival with ‘Skillet’
In Romania 2010 with my new National NRP I call 'Buckwheat'
Backstage in San Francisco CA with Honeyboy Edwards, Lester Davenport and Michael James in the back.
With Bernard Allison in Finland 2007
This sign means "Have a good trip" along the German Autobahns. Now in 'American' it can mean something entirely else. Plus, the sign was hanging in the restaurant. No foolin' - it was!
Me and Boo Boo Davis in St.Louis, MO 2009
With Charlie Musselwhite on the QE3
Backstage with Robert Lockwood Jr.
With Eddie Ahearn George Harmonica Smith at Hollahans on The Redondo Beach Pier 1978.
Me with my Gibson I call ‘Little Bit’ in The UK
With ‘Mule’ in Denmark 2006
With George Harmonica Smith at The Studiion Stockholm Sweden 1981
With Hans Theesink in Han’s garden in Vienna having some great food.
With James Harman, Gary Chiachi, Little Milton, and Dave Alvin outside the Blue Cafe in Long Beach CA.
With David Honeyboy Edwards and Michael Frank at my home for my ‘Dubb’s Chicken Etouffee’ - Dubb’s Dirty Rice - Dubb’s ‘healthy but don’t taste like it ‘Greens and Dubb’s Lemon Chess Pie. That’s my dog Rufus ‘gettin' to know Honeyboy.
With Mick Gray (tenor sax) and Steve Waldman (guitar) two old band mates of mine (when I was playing bass) in St. Louis at BB’s Jazz Blues and Soups.
Shakey Jake Harris and Johnny Dyer at PJ's and my first apartment in Redondo Beach CA 1977.
With Luther Allison and Sidney Wingfield backstage at The Chicago Fest 1977.
With my Taylor 712 I call 'Biscuit' in Holland
Doug's first band, the Fliptones in Port Washington NY. Marvin Lubinsky, Peter Bailey, Doug, Bruce Leslie and Jim Ryan.
‘Mule’ and me in Belgium
Me and ‘Scrapper’ in the UK
With ‘Spook’ at The Avignon Blues Festival in France
‘Mule’ and me in Chico CA at The Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.
With my National ‘Dubb’ Style 1.5.
The Headstock of the ‘Dubb’ National Style 1.5.
Me and Bob Brozman at The NAMM Show 2008.
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All kinds of stuff here. I invite you take your time because on this part of the site you'll see some of my friends and greatest influences along with some history too. Enjoy 'em! - Doug
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Winner of the 2017 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist of the Year, multiple Blues Music Awards, including the 2016 Acoustic Artist Of The Year, the 2013 Blues Blast Music Award for Male Artist Of The Year.