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“The 4 panel judges for the Nashville IBC Finals held at the Hard-Rock Cafe were Stax Records house guitarist and hit songwriter STEVE CROPPER, Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) winning publicist KAREN LEIPZIGER, agent/manager BRAD STEWART of Stewart Entertainment (who shared a KBA as an agent at Intrepid Artists in 2011), and touring/studio Bass ace DOUG MUG SWANSON.”
“A great night @ Brackin's in Maryville TN! Band was scorching! So grateful for the opportunity to play with 2 such talented musicians Doug Mug Swanson- Bass, Tom Larson-Drums! Now home to my girls!!”
“Just want to say thank you to William Coomes and Mike Spurgat. I cant Thank you guys enough for really stepping up this week with Pisculli out and me not feeling well. Really was a good feeling to have y'all take control and kill it. Also, special thanks to Doug Mug Swanson for doing his homework, filling in on Bass, learning a set-list of not the easiest songs and knocking it out of the park! Now, Michael Pisculli is back! Busy weekend to come! Check our band page for this weekends gigs! Thanks! Disappointments Nashville”
"I've hired Doug as a studio musician for numerous recording projects. He is a world class musician who will bring energy and competence to any recording date. It's always a pleasure to work with Doug!" Studio Musician Year first hired: 2006 (hired more than once) Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity Shawn Nourse-Owner at Nourse By Northwest Recording Studios
“Doug Mug Swanson was the hardest working bass player in Melmphus during the 2012 BMA's- with us, Andy T and the band with Nick Nixon at the Hard Rock on Thursday May 11,and The Mighty Mojo Prophets from CA, at the awards on Friday night.”
“Brother Doug Mug Swanson's music page....I have had the honor of touring the world with him when we were with the great Zac Harmon....we won the IBC, the WC Handy Award and the XM Radio Best New Artist, together....We were blessed to have him on Bass with us last week on the 3 Faces of the Blues live performances in Wesson and Brookhaven, MS. Please like his page and support his music!”
“Doug, it has been our pleasure. You came u rocked it. We enjoyed having you. Have a great time in Nashville, make the big $...... We will call ya when ur back..... See ya on sat. Off to work the Grammys roller coaster. Ron and Shannon ”
“The Key Frances Band- Live Friday Night Road Trip. The well traveled front-man of the Key Frances Band has forged his guitar style out of crisply percussive rhythm playing and rock-tinged, almost psychedelic lead work. Even considering the live origin of ROAD TRIP-LIVE FRIDAY NIGHT (Red Room Records), the proceedings have a jam like quality. If the songs aren't always memorable, Frances and the band pay attention to dynamics and test-drive a number of different forms---spacy ballads("Best Intentions"), chugging blues-rockers ("Howlin' at the Moon"). Special Guest Bassist Doug Mug Swanson lends his heavy right hand on three tracks: ("Trains"), the heavy rockabilly boogie ("Detroit Iron") & ("Come See About Me").”
“Douglas is as solid a bassman as you could ask for. Some people think the bass guitar is easy to play. Most of those people don't really know how critically important a role the bass guitar player has in providing the perfect foundation for the vocalist and the other instruments being played. A great bass player leads the band through the musical changes of a song, providing cues with pinpoint accuracy and working with the drummer closely to keep everything in perfect rhythm. Douglas is a master at this...”
"The Mercy 4"- Below the Underground. Blues/Rock gets a workout from this group of four South-land musicians. Original songs and classic tunes make up this brief program that features vocalist Geoff Gurrola whose soulful interpretations make it work. He adds guitar with plenty of blues expression and melds seamlessly with the band. Bassist Doug Mug Swanson and drummer Jerry Angel add a powerful rhythm that drives the session, while Eric Von Herzen adds blues harp for effect. His feature on the slow piece "Sittin' on Top of the World" stands out as the album's high point. Elsewhere, his harmonica fills in with harmony and brief statements that blend with the others. "Boogie Disease" and two other selections have the band driving hard and fast. "The Revelator" slows the tempo down a bit for a change, and emphasizes swamp blues harp along side Gurrola's vocals. Thus, the session has some variety while featuring vocals, guitar and harp. - Jim Santella
“Doug "The Mercy 4" sounded fantastic at The Orange County Fair. Thanks for the CD, I played it all day during my travels around town. Love it & Congrats!”
"Dug Mug and The Thugs" August 29, 2004- Never been to Venice Beach before until an email from Doug Mug Swanson, a City native and musician, invited me to hear him play at Hinano Cafe'. I was pleased to accept Doug Mug's invitation. Doug Mug is a bass guitarist whom I had seen perform in a Southern California band that won top honors over 99 other bands from around the world in Memphis last January. Hinano Cafe' is a historically significant bar, having been frequented by famous California musicians, including Jim Morrison from The Doors. With it's characteristic dimly lit entryway and sawdust peppering the floor, I felt that I had stepped back in time. It was reminiscent of the dark, intriguing cafes that line Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Doug Mug and his "Thugs" were nestled in a corner behind the pool tables, which were in constant action all afternoon. The band consisted of Dug Mug, the band's Bassist, famed J.J. Garcia on drums, Andy Walo on Guitar.