“Rose Lisa Hi Doug, I love the sound of your acoustic guitar, your finger picking style, your heartfelt lyrics, and how your music breathes. Keep writing and playing from your heart!”
“omg you wont belive it but right now I was listening to 77 raindrops by you :) I really like it. You and guitar and very good lyrics. Also love is no excuse. I really love musicians who actually care to do some good work when it comes to lyrics. Todays music is so brainless when it comes to that subject. Big thumbs up from me”
“Doug, the poetic earthy beauty in your art transcends its own nostalgia, each of your songs a rich and beautiful acoustic engagement radiating enduring personal character….”
“I tell ya. I'm sticking you in my short list. If I ever build a camp fire on the river, this is the guy I want playing around it. You talk about peace of mind. So down to earth. ”
“Now THIS is the REAL DEAL!! Great Originals played with commitment by a Soul of Life Involvement!! Excellent Doug!”
"Music is infectious. It gets under your skin and you can’t let it go. Push your limits, but don’t allow others to define who you are." Interview by Michael Limnois "He plays the blues and country blues with a bit of a twist. He does have his own style and likes to think: 'that it is a bit unique, as I do not copy but interpret the music that I choose to perform. Somewhat arrogant, I suppose, but if I can't feel it, I can't sing it.' "
“I am honoured that Douglas Dickens an artist with such talent has taken the time to Showcase some of my songs and also other talented artists. It has made my week connecting with you and I hope to return the support you have given me. It is nice to find someone who is so comfortable in their own musical skin that they go to such an effort to promote others in our musical community. If there were more people like Douglas our Musical World would be a better place. Thank You, Love and Support, Judy Shire xxx”
“'Wow! All my smugness just fades away, as I think about the space between all I would like to be as an artist and what you already are. I don't know any other way to put it. "Doing the best you can do" is my mantra everyday. Such beautiful, soul touching music here. Thank you very much. Namaste'”
“:77 RAINDROPS... grabbed me hard. Straight, no bullshit poetic groove that demands my ears and heart pay attention. This is meat-and-potatoes, toe tapping, head bopping fun..." ”
"Poetry is truth......truth is poetry. 'Far cry from heaven' is awesome."
“It's such a pleasure to find the real deal. I really enjoy your songs and approach. You are honest and full of soul. It's so rare anymore. ”
“What a great body of work. Your music is so moving and I love your playing style on the guitar. What a great way to start the day off, with a visit here.”
“Doug, I love your music. 'When She Was Young' is such an amazing tribute to love, and standing beside a wounded heart. I think every woman (or man) can relate to the powerful lyrics. Plus your message on your status, "Music carries us far into the night and greets us during the day to help the world cope with itself ... live it , love it and support it." is so true.”
"Had my fill with your cheap thrills.." beautiful collection of well-crafted, melodically rich songs that feel both timeless and contemporary, loaded with a solid emotional punch and a crystal-clear honesty. From the balladering of "far cry from heaven" to the bluesy grooves of "77 raindrops" it's songwriting of the most varied and compelling nature.
“Dickens is a blues guitarist. We have to say he is the best blues guitarist we have heard in this area. There is a special pleasure in hearing him perform, because we have seen him develop during the last two years from just another folk singer into a bluesman with a distinct style, a man with a message who can get it across.”