Doug Norquay | Giant Pig

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Giant Pig

by Doug Norquay

Solitudinous country blues for maladjusted loners
Genre: Blues: Country Blues
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1. Poor Lightnin
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2. Rude Scenes in the Honda Lot
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3. The Day That I Was Born
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4. 10 to 5
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5. Loaded for a Couple of Days
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6. Blackbird
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7. Ethel's Lounge (Al Gaunte)
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8. Rain as Black as Bibles
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9. Queen of Spades
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10. Tanked and Bruisin
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11. Lonesome Stranger
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12. Ratland
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13. Junkyard Cowboy
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Doug Norquay - Giant Pig (Independent)
Doug Norquay is a Canadian country, folk-roots, bluesman with a sound that harks back to the mid-70s Los Angeles boho scene, but also something darker, desperate and more primal. He plays a mean slide guitar and sings with a voice that'll remind discerning listeners of Howlin Wolf, Tom Waits, Johnny Dowd and Tom Ovans, and writes songs that rattle and shake, sooth and placate, or just plain terrify. This is his third proper album - I think - though there have been a few cassettes released over the years, but it's the first of Norquay's records I've got to hear. That will be remedied.

A stalwart of his local Ontario scene, the list of musicians he's opened for or shared bills or stages with is a who's who of acclaimed artists and performers, blues legends and troubadours, from B.B. King, Buddy Guy and John Hammond, to Ron Sexsmith, Robbie Robertson and Danny Gatton. He's played bars, festivals, shopping malls and sidewalks, mostly solo, and has been recording on and off since the early `90s - it's a wonder he doesn't turn up occasionally on the UK roots circuit. I suspect he'd go down a storm.

He begins his latest offering with "Poor Lightnin", its walking rhythm and Norquay's semi-whispered vocal is instantly affecting, and that's before the dark narrative takes hold. It's followed by the epic, eight minute "Rude Scenes in the Honda Lot", and it's a slow burning thriller with some of the finest atmospheric and sparse solo guitar I've ever heard. The opening trio of songs is completed by "The Day That I Was Born", a perfect combination of wordplay and chilling strings. Over the next ten tracks he consistently hits similar highs, and if I hear another folk-blues-Americana record that's as good, before the end of the year, I'll be amazed.

country blues influenced singer/songwriter/slide guitarist - most songs performed solo on vocal and slide guitar , 2 with band - all songs written by Doug Norquay


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Jamie

Amazing Music by Doug Norquay !!!!
Doug Norquay is a Musical Genius !!!
Doug composes, plays and sings a style that is all new and original. Doug does pay tribute to the Blues masters of the past but takes it to a new level with his own style.
Doug is like no other writer or musician, he has his own signature style. Imagine Leonard Cohen writing a blues lyric with a Tom Waits singers approach and a guitar style that is as original as listening to B. B. King.
To have one of these qualities is amazing to have all of them is pure Genius.
Press play, sit back and be prepared to be taken on a wonderful journey in the creative genius of Doug Norquay !