From the Fort Davis mountains in west Texas, Doug Moreland performs a fresh twist of Texas and Western swing music, with his original songwriting and his dandy band The Flying Armadillos.
Being the eldest son of a wainwright, blacksmith, and fiddle-playing ranch hand, Doug left Fort Davis TX at age 17 (1992) for a career in the music business. After a short stint in Ruidoso NM as a funny man in a dinner show, he then toured with various acts around the country as a fiddle sideman. During this time, he recognized his desire to front his own band and write his own songs, and also discovered the art of chainsaw carving, which all brought him from Nashville TN to Austin TX in late 1999. There he established a comedic, solo act with a singing dog as the finale, eventually progressing into a full dancehall band with his wit and charm playing right back into a familiar instrumentation of twin fiddles, upright bass fiddle, swing guitar, and minimal drums. Coming full circle, Doug now resides with his family in his hometown of Fort Davis TX and entertains the western portion of the state with his Barn Dance Band!
Doug proudly recorded his 10th album Ranch Truck in 2022 (coming soon) as his fourth "live" project inside his (former) woodwork shop/art gallery, now owned by Jomo Edwards of The Possum Posse band and sitting in a new location in South Austin TX, again capturing that great acoustic sound from the warm wood floor and salvaged tin ceiling.
Doug received a Will Rogers Cowboy Award for Western Music Male Performer of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists in 2007. He also received an Entertainer of the Year award from the Texas Music Awards in 2007. He played for the Austin City Council at a meeting declared by the Mayor as Doug Moreland Day in 2011. In 2015 and 2016, Doug won nominations for Western Swing Male of the Year from the Ameripolitan Music Awards.
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 Nelson, Asleep At The Wheel, Robert 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.
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