"Double Dee" is a blend of acoustic coastal sounds and harmony between Darwin and Dana Nelson from Lucedale, Ms. This Americana singer-songwriter duo and husband-wife team has been entertaining audiences of all ages throughout the deep South for years. The Southern duet performs originals and covers from Nashville and New Orleans to the coasts of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
Also known as "Matt Hoggatt and the Double Dee Connection", the tropical trio recently joined Nashville singer songwriter Johnny Mire as the four performed the pre and post concert parties at the Landing in Pensacola Beach. As part of Jimmy Buffett's early 2013 tour and Tailgate package for the Parrot Heads the ensemble also played for Matt's cd, "Hotter Than Fish Grease" release party with Mailboat Records. The three appeared that same week at a private house concert in Orange Beach, Ala. The trio will be touring America's Heartland this summer with stops in Corinth, Mississippi, Chicago, and Atlanta.
Matt Hoggatt and Double Dee will be playing July 4th at Hank Aaron Stadium home of Mobile's Bay Bears.
Earlier in the Spring 2012 Double Dee opened up for a Mississippi Songwriter's Fest Showcase featuring Marianne & Warren, Brandon Greene and Wynn Varble the award winning songwriter of the year 2010.
In May 2012 Double Dee opened for Matt Hoggatt accompanied by guitarist Kyle Rife at the Storyville Tavern/ Magaritaville in New Orleans,
In June 2012, the duo performed with Les Kerr at "Richard's Cafe" in Nashville. Darwin and Dana also opened up for Nashville's award winning songwriter Dave Pahanish, Bruce Wallace and Hugh Mitchell at "Leo's" in Ocean Springs.
"Double Dee" has been featured with Matt Hoggatt at the 2012 "Sixth String Festival" in New Orleans and the 2012 and 2011 Frank Brown International Songwriter's Fest in Perdido Key, Florida. Other Mississippi coast festival appearances include 2010-2012 Gautier's Mullet Festival, 2012 Pascagoula's Zonta Festival, 2010-2012 Ocean Spring's Mississippi Songwriter's Festival. Double Dee has appeared in recent years at Hurley's "Old Fashion Day", City of Lucedale's 4th of July Celebration, Lucedale's "Good Ole' Days Festival", Lucedale's "Swamp Festival", and other civic events.
Gulf Shores and Perdido Key apperances include: "Lulu's", "The Complete Anglar", "Baumhauer's", Bon Secour's "Tin Top", Elberta's "Pirate's Cove", "Perdido Key Sports Bar" with Nashville songwriter Mark Sherrill, the "Silver Moon", "Bay Side Grill", and "Wolf Bay Lodge" in Orange Beach, Alabama.
They have played and hosted "The Julep Room" ,"The Shed", Rachel's Widow Walk", "Huck's Cove", "The Bistro" , "Little River Marina", "Tom's Pizza", "Leo's", "Mosaics", "The Office", "SOS", "The Top Hat Club", "The Boathouse" at Pressley's Outing, "Scranton's", "Phoenicia's" and "Bayview Cafe" in Ocean Springs, Escatawpa and Gautier as well as "The Reel Steak House" and "Land Mark Cafe" in Lucedale. .
Just up the road, the band had the honor of entertaining military troops at USM in Hattiesburg, Camp Shelby and Lucedale in 2010. Double Dee appeared in Lexington, Ms. earlier in May 2012..
Currently "Double Dee" can be found playing in the "Fins Up" Restaurant at Margaritaville,Biloxi on Sundays from 4-7 p.m. The acoustic duo can also be spotted playing with Matt Hoggatt live at the "Hook-Up" in Biloxi, the "Tiki" in Gautier, "Woody's" and "Firefly Tavern" in Ocean Springs, and "Darwell's" in Long Beach.
The duo will be featured with Clarksdale native songwriter Taylor Craven at Lyon United Methodist Church as part of this year's "Juke Joint Festival" April 12-14, 2013. Representing the Mississippi Songwriter's Festival these two have opened up in 2012 for Nashvile songwriters Brett Jones, Clay Mills and have shared the stage with Mark Sherrill, Les Kerr, Steve Leslie, Tommy Barnes and coastal favorites D.C. Lane, Ronnie Davis, Jim Gray, Dana Woods, Danielle Thomas, Robert Ragno, Buck Allen, Dixie Lee, Deuces Wild, Triage, Tommy Crawford, Jeff Funk and others.
To these two Mississippi singer songwriters it is all about the music...anytime and anywhere. Double Dee's original harmonies and melodies will keep the listener tapping a toe and grinning from ear to ear.
Discography (6 CD's) : "Wind Song" (2007), "Smack-Dab In Love" (2007), "A Wrinkle In Time" (2010), "Harmony" (2011) "Mom and Daddy's in a Country Band" (2012) "Live at Pirate's Cove: Matt Hoggatt, Double Dee and Johnny Mire (2012)
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