Doug Moreland - Bring Back the Swing
  • Deep Dark Blue
  • Cotton Pickin' Time
  • Down In Texas
  • Rodeo Clown
  • Daddy In The Caddy
  • Bread and Circus
  • El Muerto
  • Copybook Headings
  • Taxes
  • Living Water
  • Texas Dust
  • Bring Back The Swing
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Doug Moreland - Vocals/ Fiddle/ Rhythm Guitar
Randy Roberts - Vocals/ Upright Bass
Wes Holtsford - Mandolin/ Fiddle
J.D. Pendley - Guitar
Timmy Campbell - Drums

Engineered by JoMo Edwards
Mixed and Mastered by Adam Odor

Recorded at Cattlelacs Chainsaw Art Gallery in downtown Manchaca, Texas - Spring 2015.

1. Bring Back the Swing - 3:13
Doug Moreland, ASCAP (composer/author and publisher)
2. Deep Dark Blue - 2:42
Doug Moreland, ASCAP (composer/author and publisher)
3. Cotton Pickin' Time - 2:48
Doug Moreland, ASCAP (composer/author and publisher)
4. Down In Texas - 3:25
Terry Shand and William A. Dunham, ASCAP (originally recorded by Phil Harris in 1946)
5. Rodeo Clown - 3:47
Doug Moreland, ASCAP (composer/author and publisher)
6. Daddy in the Caddy - 3:41
Doug Moreland, ASCAP and Stoney Gabel, ASCAP (adapted from the original Arkie Shibley song, "Hot Rod Race" and Charlie Ryan's "Hot Rod Lincoln")
7. Bread and Circus - 3:40
Doug Moreland, ASCAP (composer/author and publisher)
8. El Muerto - 4:34
Doug Moreland, ASCAP (composer/author and publisher)
9. Copybook Headings - 5:47
Doug Moreland, ASCAP (composer) and Rudyard Kipling (lyrics)
10. Taxes - 2:07
Doug Moreland, ASCAP (composer) and unknown author (lyrics)
11. Living Water - 3:13
Doug Moreland, ASCAP (composer/author and publisher)
12. Texas Dust - 2:36
Doug Moreland, ASCAP (composer/author and publisher)

August 28, 2015 -- Songwriter and artist Doug Moreland releases his 9th album titled Bring Back The Swing, available via digital download online, and on disc through, at his own Cattlelacs Chainsaw Art Gallery, and at all Doug Moreland concerts.

Marking his 3rd album captured live inside his woodcarving showroom on the outskirts of Austin, Moreland and his 4 band members reflect their solid dancehall delivery, along with Moreland’s charming take on the seriousness of life.

“I love the sound acquired in the simple ways of the past, with a one-time take capturing the heart & soul of the moment,” he says. “And the tin ceiling and wood floors of my shop seem to energize a beautiful acoustic. I’ve even setup my own radio show here where my musical guests remark on the rich sound. Plus, I can do this on a sensible budget!” He built his shop himself in 2003 using reclaimed materials, another example of his love of the quality from an earlier era.

The mix features twin fiddles, mandolin, guitars, drums, and the ever-steady, upright bass fiddle. Doug Moreland’s band The Flying Armadillos, consists of Wesley Holtsford, JD Pendley, Timmy Campbell, and Randy Roberts. Engineering by Jomo Edwards, mixing & mastering by Adam Odor.


Originally 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 brief attendance at South Plains College in Levelland TX, and a short stint as a funny man in a dinner show in Ruidoso NM, he toured with various acts around the country as a fiddle sideman. During this time, Doug also worked as a wrangler on a dude ranch in Phoenix AZ, trained his famous border collie dog "Holly-peño" to sing and play the fiddle (and more), learned to frame houses, and discovered the art of chainsaw carving taking him to Pidgeon Forge and Nashville TN. He also recognized his desire to front his own band and write his own songs, which brought him to Austin TX in late 1999. There he progressed from a comedic, solo act with a singing dog as the finale, 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, mandolin, and minimal drums.

Doug recorded his 9th album Bring Back The Swing in 2015 as his third "live" project with his band inside his self-built woodwork shop and art gallery, capturing a 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.

  • Members:
    Doug Moreland fiddle, guitar, vocals; Wesley Holtsford fiddle, mandolin; JD Pendley guitar; Randy Roberts upright bass, vocals; Johny Konya drums
  • Sounds Like:
    Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, Corb Lund, Asleep At The Wheel
  • Influences:
    Bob Wills, Jimmy Buffett, Roger Miller
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