Doug Moreland - The Flying Armadillos
  • Stand
  • Live Free or Die
  • Nero's Fiddle
  • Busted
  • Cowboy Breakfast
  • Woodshed
  • P.I.G.S.
  • Crazy Yet
  • Shadows
  • Dance House
  • Pray For Rain
  • Crockett's Fiddle
  • Dancehall Heroes
Biography
CONTACT: Doug Moreland
doug@dougmoreland.com
(512)657-9586


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THE FLYING ARMADILLOS (2012)

This album was recorded live to tape on a TasCam 388 on November 15 & 16, 2011 at Cattlelacs Chainsaw Art Gallery in Manchaca, Texas.

Engineered, mixed & mastered by: Grant Jackson Wilborn

Vocals, fiddle, guitar: Doug Moreland
Vocals, bass fiddle: Randy Roberts
Vocals, guitar: Rob Harding

Special guest on drums: James Gwyn
Special guest on harmonica: Kevin Garinger

First of all, I miss my friend Billy Applegate. My favorite songwriting partner, your passing in '08 was too soon for me, but thanks for leaving me your songs to finish out. Wish you could hear them. Thanks Bill. Thanks to Randy Roberts for moving to Manchaca in '08, dropping everything and living in an Airstream behind my wood carving shop, just to play with my band. Thanks for your sacrifice. And to Rob Harding for following suit in '10 and also living here in your little Flying Cloud. Thanks for your dedication and keen ear, Rob. I thank my wife and family for putting up with my adventures as we all try to simplify our lives. To our Tuesday night songwriting crew (Stoney, Matt, Manzy, etc...), your forced prolificity (peer pressure) got many of these songs written. Thanks guy. Thanks to Grant and our many networks of friends that help in so many ways. I thank the Lord for the privilege to do what I do. And to you reading this, thanks for your support. -Doug

Art design: Doug Moreland
Cover art: Evan Morgan


1. Crazy Yet - 3:15
Doug Moreland, ASCAP (composer/author and publisher) and Billy Applegate
2. Cowboy Breakfast - 2:30
Doug Moreland, ASCAP (composer/author and publisher)
3. Dance House - 2:25
Doug Moreland, ASCAP (composer/author and publisher)
4. Busted - 2:56
Doug Moreland, ASCAP (composer/author and publisher)
5. Shadows - 2:24
Doug Moreland, ASCAP (composer/author and publisher) and Billy Applegate
6. Pray For Rain - 2:44
Doug Moreland, ASCAP (composer/author and publisher)
7. Dancehall Heroes - 3:49
Rob Harding, BMI
8. Stand - 3:23
Doug Moreland, ASCAP (composer/author and publisher)
9. P.I.G.S. - 3:02
Doug Moreland, ASCAP (composer/author and publisher)
10. Woodshed - 2:54
Doug Moreland, ASCAP (composer/author and publisher)
11. Nero's Fiddle - 3:30
Doug Moreland, ASCAP (composer/author and publisher)
12. Live Free Or Die - 3:30
Doug Moreland, ASCAP (composer/author and publisher)
13. Crockett's Fiddle - 1:58
Doug Moreland, ASCAP (composer/author and publisher)

January 2012 -- Songwriter and artist Doug Moreland releases album The Flying Armadillos. The album continues Moreland's uplifting style of songwriting, but with a few thought-provoking themes thrown in this time. His first single "STAND" encourages personal responsibilities and mature thought, a foremost subject in today’s culture according to Moreland.

Like his 2009 project Barnstormer, Moreland recorded the album in his woodwork shop and art gallery. For The Flying Armadillos, a vintage reel-to-reel tape machine initially captured the sounds, before being digitally mastered by Grant Wilborn, who engineered both projects. Moreland and his 2 band members collaborated on all parts of the recording, along with James Gwynn on drums and Kevin Garringer on harmonica.

Moreland named the album after his band The Flying Armadillos, comprised of himself on fiddle and guitar, Rob Harding on guitar, and Randy Roberts on the upright bass fiddle. All members covered vocals, including dynamic 3-part harmonies. All songs on the album were written by Doug Moreland, except two co-written with the late Billy Applegate, and one written by Rob Harding.

Moreland states that the songs on the album vary from biscuits to politics. In other words, he includes his typical light-hearted swing, with his usual variance of dance-hall shuffles, some with a charged message. The complete album releases late January 2012.

DOUG MORELAND BIOGRAPHY

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 3-piece western-swing band by 2012 with his wit and charm playing into the instrumentation of fiddle, upright bass fiddle, swing guitar, and 3-part harmonies.

Doug recorded his 8th album The Flying Armadillos in 2011 as his second "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.

MUSICAL MERIT

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.

NOTEWORTHY APPEARANCES

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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  • Members:
    Doug Moreland fiddle, guitar, vocals; Randy Roberts upright bass; Rob Harding guitar
  • 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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