Douglass Thompson relocated to Charlotte,NC,from Wisconsin in June of 2012...
he brought along his wife,his guitar and some songs.
At present he is looking for some gigs and some musicians to play with...
Bob Dylan-duh! John Prine-midwestern & global at the same time Guy Clark-the uncrowned king of texas(la freeway is my favorite song about moving) Loudon Wainwright III-best I ever heard at writing about himself-writewhatyouknow! Steve Earle-fearless as a writer and artist,a personal hero for sure Neil Young - how ironic is it that the best chronicler of the American Myth is from Canada-eh?...from Cortez to Pocahontas thru the Civil War, Nixon to welfare mothers to that plane crashing in a Pennsylvania field…. Butch Hancock-romantic epics and biting populist humor Tom Russell-so great at character sketches and stories of real people Robert Earl Keen-almost as funny as Prine,almost as personal as Wainwright Graham Parker-the first british guy on my list-nobody's better when pissed off Paul Kelly-the only aussie,great lyrics wed to perfect melodies,w or w/o his band Greg Brown-started as a folkie,ended up as an important artist who pushes his borders Randy Newman-so snide,so cynical,so funny-when he's not being vulnerable Bruce Springsteen-still brilliant when not so damned domestically content Chuck Berry(with an honorable mention to Johnny Johnson,his pianist) Lennon/McCartney-aw you know-my sisters had all the albums Townes Van Zandt-a lonely poet, too drunk and disaffected at the end to know how great an impact he had on other writers-pancho &lefty should've been filmed by sam peckinpah Steve Goodman-wrote compact little gems, he could breakyourheart or bustyourgut Stan Rogers-nobody wrote better songs about the great lakes/Canada Shel Silverstein-when my daughter was about 3 she'd pick shel's book "The Giving Tree" for me to read cuz she thought it was so funny to watch me cry (and I always did) Woody Guthrie-my favorite all time New Yorker cartoon had a king high on a hill wearin a guitar singin, "this land is my land, this land is my land…" still cracks me up-w/o woody the top of this list would have a different name Warren Zevon - always surprises me and makes me laugh or think or both Shane Macgowan - london - irish drunkard poet with an incredible mastery of the irish folk lyric and melodic traditions (hope he doesn't die) Tom Waits-san diego drunken poet with an incredible mastery of the beat vocabulary and the cool jazz melodic traditions (glad he didn't die) Jimmy Buffett - some people call him the John Denver of the florida keys - but especially his early work had a lot of sharply observed moments Kinky Friedman-before the mystery novels there was "they ain't makin jews like jesus anymore"and "ride 'em jewboy"-a great writer Jerry Jeff Walker-pretty inconsistent but truly great on a handful of songs,"curly & lil" - "hill country rain", and of course "mr. bojangles" Dave Carter-I was at his 2nd to last gig w/tracy and was amazed at his songwriting, what a tragic loss, tho I feel lucky to have seen him Kris Kristofferson-brought intelligence as a virtue to the Nashville mix and was the first country songwriter I paid attention to Dave Alvin - I always loved the Blasters and his take on America is dead-on and his writing is full of cynicism and wit with a keen eye for detail Steve Forbert - the Mississippi kid turned New York folkie… has never made a bad album… turns a phrase and finds the right tune to go with it Mark Germino-probably the least known name on this list...fiery,populist writing..left and right wingers are fair game...
here's what a few folks have to say about doug and his songs...
Dan Weir,San Francisco writer,film maker and artist says- "Doug! I really, really like your stuff. Smart, fireside-chatty, enviable baritone. Any argument we'd have over great songwriters would be a short conversation!"
Charlie Roth,songwriter says- "'Scab Angels' is such a great song it grabbed me right away and held on I also am very fond of 'Man in the Moon'. You sir are the real thing- stripped down, unpretensious, and honest wordplay of the highest order... "
Bonni Miller,owner,Chez Marche says- "...'American' music in the best sense of the word...Doug is a clever,gracious,and engaging performer in the john prine/steve goodman vein"
Michael "The Beast" Bestul,guitarist says-"I'm loving the stuff you are putting out there... great work Doug. Alternative, cool, and folk/Americana with soul..."
Mike McGuire,songwriter says- "it's hard as songwriters to come up with a "totally original" idea,however;with Peckinpah and Ford you managed to do that,loved the line,"demons around the folding chair"...i usually hate strings, but it worked on this song!"
Penny Campbell-Lowen,singer/writer says- "Hey Doug, 'one of wisconsin's most unknown songwriters' OMG that got a laugh out of me... Great sense of humor..."
John Statz,songwriter says- "I really dig 'When Bush Comes to Shove', great wordplay man!"
Tom Webber,songwriter says- "Okay, Doug....I won't say how great a song 'When Bush Comes to Shove Is'. But your wry humor and phrasing reminds me of the late great Steve Goodman. Not a bad tribute to "one of wisconsin's must unknown singers."
Hunter and the Unclaimed Band says- "'When Bush Comes To Shove' is a great song!!"
Chuck Wagon,writer and rascal says- "OH!!! Say there Doug! I fergot ta mention yer Bush Comes to Shove song up there...I LIKE IT!! Fact is...I like anything that sticks it to that damm carpetbaggin'-psyco-meglomaniac-murderin'-sonofabitch/sonofapolecat-arrogant-smirking monkey-elitist-industrial strength asshole! Oh....sorry....I could go on...but ....I can't help myself when it comes to that friggin' crime family frontman-lying sack a cat turds-shameless-heartless-inhumane-lizard brained-cretin-neanderthal knuckle draggin-slackjawed-....Oh...see....I just can't help it!!"