Vocalist Mark Chapman and guitarist Carson Baker originally formed Doublewide Debris (DwD) in 2008 as an acoustic duo, but the band’s evolution since then has been both intuitive and inspired. Baker, who came up with the band’s name, felt it was a fancy way of saying “trailer trash.” That tongue-in-cheek humor is a common trait that all the members of DwD share, as well as a love of the classic rock, country, red dirt and blues that reflects their Wayne County, Illinois upbringing. It is a sound they often refer to as Southern Illinois country fried rock.
Shortly after forming, the duo was joined by Chapman’s son, Keith, on electric lead guitar to add further dimension to their acoustic interpretations. That addition led to the band taking a new direction in 2009, when Mark Chapman invited Traci Carter, a singer he had known and admired for many years, to take over lead vocals. He felt her smart and saucy style -- and the distinction of a woman fronting the band -- would set them apart. He was right.
After a year of covering rock and country songs, the band began performing the original tunes they had been writing for years but had kept under wrap. The switch to playing their own music also called for a bass player and drummer, so Bill Thomas and Gary MacPhee were added to the roster.
By 2011, with four songwriters in the band, an extensive catalogue had been amassed and Doublewide Debris recorded its 13-track debut CD, Seven More Days to Someday. Recorded, engineered and co-produced by Dana Anthis of Anthis Productions, the CD was released in May 2012. Through the band’s independent label, Big Red Truck Entertainment, Seven More Days to Someday was placed on over 22,000 AMI jukeboxes nationwide and the single “Pond Creek” was added both national and internationally to 5,000 broadcast, online and satellite radio stations. A music video of “Pond Creek” was also released.
Since that first release, DwD has seen some personnel changes. MacPhee was replaced by Jim Garrett, an accomplished drummer and long-time friend. Departures by Baker and Thomas made it necessary for the remaining members to redefine both their goals and musical direction. Bassist Melinda Bruce came aboard just in time to begin recording the band’s sophomore release, Bridges Burned, a 10-track collection, again produced by Anthis. When Bruce left the band in late 2013, Doublewide Debris called upon James Harrison, an established local bass player with family ties to both country legend Barbara Mandrell and noted flutist Jimmy Walker.
With the release of Bridges Burned, DwD also premiered two music videos— “Stuck In This Truck,” and “Gray”—to support record sales and concert attendance. The CD’s title track signaled the band’s steely intention to move forward and not look back when it comes to its musical career. The release has also further established their solid musicianship and starkly honest songwriting. The simple power riffs, truthful lyrics and hardscrabble wit have also made them a popular draw on their busy concert schedule.
A 2013-2014 tour is currently underway in support of Bridges Burned. It kicked off September 6, 2013 Grayville, Illinois, with additional dates being added in Virginia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Wisconsin.
Based within five hours or less from Nashville, St. Louis, Memphis, Indianapolis, Louisville and Chicago, DwD is at the epicenter of a vast array of music genres. That geographic access has been as influential as the artists they revere: Blackberry Smoke, The Heartless Bastards, Deep Purple, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Led Zeppelin, and Buck Owens, to name a few.
With its extensive collection of songs, Doublewide Debris is also beginning work on a third release in between tour dates. This upcoming CD currently features 11 songs and more may be added. Included is the title cut, “Living All Over Again,” with its uplifting message embracing the courage to start over; “Love Of Two,” a tale of infidelity; and “Everything To Gain,” an endorsement of forgiveness in the name of love. In addition, the rousing “If That Don’t Call For A Beer (Then What Does?)” is the band’s ultimate party song.
The band also gets especially introspective with “You’re Always On My Mind,” which explores addiction; “Do You Pretend,” a probing look at living two separate lives; and “Once Upon A Never,” which tells of what love cannot ever be.
Doublewide Debris also pays homage to its personal and professional influences with several numbers. “Aunt Eula” recalls a spunky lady who was still going strong at 99; “A Song Wolfie Wrote” is a tribute to local music legend and friend, Gene ‘Wolfie’ Wolfe, who passed away in 2013; and “Highway 23” is a nod to the Kentucky stretch that has been home to a ‘who’s who’ of country music, including Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle, Dwight Yoakum, Patti Loveless, and Ricky Scaggs, among others. Rounding out the set is DwD’s version of the country classic, “Detroit City.”
With two CDs released, a third in production, worldwide distribution, and thousands of followers, Doublewide Debris’ success is rooted in a genuine respect and admiration for each other. In fact, the band lives by late country legend Harlan Howard’s often quoted definition: “Country music is three chords and the truth.”
Doublewide Debris is:
Traci Carter – Lead Vocals/Acoustic Guitar
Keith Chapman – Lead Guitar/Vocals/Keyboard/Banjo
Mark Chapman – Electric Guitar/Mandolin
James Harrison – Bass Guitar
Jim Garrett – Drums/Vocals
“Bridges Burned” is available at CD Baby, and by digital download at iTunes, Amazon, and many other digital distribution outlets. You can follow Doublewide Debris @DBLEWIDEDEBRIS, “Like” them on Facebook, or visit them at Reverbnation and www.DoublewideDebris.com.
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