Douglas Haines is an Americana singer-songwriter, who has been entertaining audiences for three decades, blending acoustic guitar melodies with a poet’s gift for capturing a story in lyric form. Douglas who is a founding member of The Haines Bros. Band began playing the guitar and writing songs as a young boy, developing a variety of finger style guitar picking. Today, his original works comprise over 150 songs. Douglas currently has 2 singles on iTunes entitled, “Let Me Catch My Breath” and “She Is”.
Douglas Haines writes and plays music that is so in depth, it will take you to a place somewhere in your life. Listening to his songs is kind of like reading a really good book, you are there. This is music for men and women – not girls and boys. The bad news is: this is not what you’ll hear on radio. The good news is: this is not what you hear on the radio!
Douglas Haines is one of those singer-songwriters whose music and melodies is so subtle, delicate and intimate, that you’re pretty much convinced he is singing just for you…and he probably is! The minute I hit play on the finger-picking, “Before You Know”, I was thrown back to the days of America, Bread, Crosby, Stills Nash and Young, Jim Croce, Gordon Lightfoot, James Taylor, Don Mclean, Lobo…and the list could go on and on.
Haines could sing the yellow pages and it would sound real and heart felt. His voice is pure and sincere and never dull, overdone or forced. He sings about his life and love, holding nothing back. Something Haines does superbly on “Before It Rained” and “Love Can’t Break Your Heart”. It’s almost impossible to find words adequate enough for Douglas Haines. Genius seems a bit strong; talented doesn’t seem strong enough.
There was a time, between 1960 and 1980, when the song was the thing. It didn’t matter if the artist was short, tall, thin, fat, male or female – it was all about the song, smart chord changes, good melody, and great lyrics was enough to melt a crappy AM radio. The advent of MTV and the music video killed the song; musical talent and good songs became almost unnecessary to pop success. Now, blessed with an abundance of vocal ability, taste, intelligence, and productive self-discipline, Douglas Haines has brought the power of the song back. The man relies solely on the quality of his product. Which consists of a voice, a guitar and a song, and it so strongly evident on “She Stopped The Rain” and “It’s Gotta Be Love”.
Overall, the Americana-Folk melodies and lyrics of some songs pop a bit more than others in your ear, but one thing is true of all: Douglas Haines’ voice and style is quite unlike any other singer-songwriter doing the rounds right now; his songs are suited for an emotionally rainy day, and he makes virtually everything he touches memorable!