Doug Bruce has been described as “Two shots of Travis with a Haggard chaser” (Music Connection, UK), and if you thought you didn’t like country music…. Doug Bruce will have you re-thinking that one!
Since moving to Australia seven years ago, Texas ex-pat Doug Bruce has moved from back of stage as a drummer to front man, honing his craft as a singer-songwriter, gathering several industry awards and an ever-increasing and loyal fan-base thereafter. Doug has self-produced his current three albums, including the latest Made That Way, from his recording facility, Shoo Fly Studios, near Bendigo, Victoria.
Doug’s second album, A Good Place, netted him four from four hit radio singles. Writing six of the tracks himself and recruiting some of the best songwriters in the business, the album reaped enormous praise in the country music and mainstream press... including one quote Doug is particularly proud of... “Doug Bruce is as country as horse sh**!” (Capital News, March 2012).
Doug’s first #1 hit was the self-penned, Merv Lowry Best Traditional Song winner, Coffey Road. It spent two weeks in the #1 spot on the country music radio airplay charts in Australia and the video clip was #13 on the Country Music Channel (CMC) countdown. Doug’s 2012 release to radio, Sweet, proved popular with radio and live audiences alike. It was 14 weeks on the Country Tracks Top 30, holding onto the #2 spot for two weeks, was #1 on Mildura’s Hot FM and climbed to #17 on CMC’s Top 30 countdown (where it was in the Top 50 for 16 weeks). Honky Tonk Shoes, was three weeks at #2 and the very popular video clip for the song was voted a top 15 finalist in the Video of the Year in the 2012 CMC Music Awards. Doug was also nominated for CMC Oz Artist of the Year in 2012. Close Enough, was #13 on Australia’s country music radio airplay charts and won Best Vocal Collaboration at the 2012 TIARA Awards.
Doug and his hand-picked band of musicians, The Tailgaters, were added to one of Australia’s leading country music artist rosters, Laing Entertainment, at the start of 2011...and have been pulling unsuspecting crowds onto dance floors ever since!
Doug Bruce & The Tailgaters performed at the Optus National Music Muster for the first time in 2011 and A Good Place was the highest selling of all merchandise there, outselling Kasey Chambers, Lee Kernaghan and international headliner, Montgomery Gentry. In 2012 Doug and the band were invited back to the Muster, as well as the highly successful CMC Rocks the Hunter, Urban Country Music Festival, and the Deni Ute Muster.
Scheduled to perform at many of the major festivals in 2013, including CMC Rocks the Hunter alongside international artists Rascall Flats, Big and Rich, Billy Ray Cyrus, and local artists Adam Brand and Troy Cassar-Daley – to name a few, the next 12 months is shaping up to be another big one for Doug Bruce. First up for 2013 will be 16 shows in nine days at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Born in Aubrey, Texas, Doug moved to Bendigo seven years ago with his Australian wife and their young son (and since then they have welcomed a second son). Whilst only taking front of stage as a lead singer six years ago, Doug’s music career began over 20 years ago, performing primarily as a drummer and backing vocalist for numerous bands in Texas, opening for the likes of Rascal Flats, Travis Tritt and Charlie Robison. He also spent time in Nashville performing and doing studio session work as a drummer and backing vocalist. This afforded him many memorable experiences, including performing on the Grand Ole Opry twice, and opening for George Jones with Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, Billy Yates.
Doug and his band stay busy delighting Australian audiences and tour in the USA every other year. The last visit saw Doug invited to perform his hit song “Coffey Road” at the Ernest Tubb Texas Troubadour Theatre in Nashville.