[twitter style=”vertical” float=”left”] [fbshare type=”button”] [google_plusone size=”standard” annotation=”none” language=”English (UK)”] Doug Prescott is an Americana/Blues artist from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His music is “truly American”, with influences such as Little Feat, The Neville Brothers, Asleep at the Wheel and Jimmy Buffet. From love ballads to political rockers, the common thread in Prescott’s song writing is honesty.
According to Jordan Lawrence from the Independent; “By day, Doug Guild is the president and CEO of Prescott Environmental Associates, a Chapel Hill consulting firm that helps clients keep their operations clean and green. By night, Guild goes by the name of Doug Prescott, performing soul/blues tunes that take hard-hitting shots at corporate excess that wouldn’t fly in the workplace. It’s a little like how the rich and excessive Bruce Wayne dons the cape and mask to crush thugs as Batman, only Prescott throws on colourful leisure shirts and jeans.”
Doug Prescott’s brand new CD “The Journey & the Deep Blue Sea” features an all-star band that includes Craig Fuller (Pure Prairie League, Little Feat), Will McFarlane (Bonnie Raitt’s former guitarist), Allyn Love (played with Steve Wariner and Patti Lovelace), Tony Bowman (Edgar Winters), and Martin Parker (played with Vince Gill).
From the outset of “The Journey & the Deep Blue Sea” you get the impression that Doug Prescott is not your new kid on the block, or just trying to show-off his new shoes.
“Happy Enough Song” bounces right into a deep southern blues rhythm. Doug runs his rugged voice soulfully into the piece, while the band throw in some solid backing and a mean guitar solo to match.
“Hideway” is true-spirited country. Splattered and spun by a time-warped pedal steel, Doug Prescott’s vocals keep the melodics flowing through each and every bar.
“Patience” is downright wah-wah funky, with some cool horns blowing a storm in the background. Doug slides into this genre with absolute ease. Sweet guitar and organ interludes wrap it all up. Just put your best foot forward and boogie to the beat mister!
“Silence Speaks Volumes” sees Doug venture into the 3/4 reggae beat. “…say what you wanna say, but remember what you don’t say speaks volumes”. Way to go Doug.
After “Oh Maggie” we slip into “Let’s Get It Wide Open”. This could so easily have come off Motown’s world famous Tamla label. The vibey horn and music arrangement is absolutely top drawer Motown. But just so that things don’t sound, like you think they ought to sound, Doug launches his big country voice into the mix, to get the musical stir-fry really cooking.
“Beach Wedding” is where Doug Prescott really excels. A beautiful mid tempo ballad filled with acoustic guitars and pedal steel riffs. Doug’s voice fits this one like a glove. This is a heart and soul performance. I had to pinch myself twice to realize it wasn’t Kenny Rodgers singing. No doubt, my favorite track.
“It’s All About Oil” is another boogie-woogie blues. Organ driven and dominated, this one steamrolls with the usual guitar twanging riffs and solos.
“Right Time, Right Place” is country swing. This is where you take your baby by the hand and waltz all across the room. Just shut up, dance and let Doug sing it.
“Little Elvis & Fat Cat Eddie” is an uptempo Blues Brotherish bopper, that closes Doug Prescott’s new 10-track album release.
If Alt-Country and Boogie Blues is your thing, grab a copy of “The Journey & the Deep Blue Sea”.
This is honest-to-goodness, unpretentious adult orientated music at it’s best!
Visit Doug Prescott here: Doug’s Homepage
Buy Doug Prescott’s music here: Doug Prescott Music