Doug Young's debut CD, Laurel Mill, features original tunes and arrangements for solo acoustic instrumental guitar. Originally an electric guitarist from Ohio, Doug now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and focuses on acoustic fingerstyle guitar. Doug's musical influences range from the Beatles to Martin Simpson, Laurence Juber and John Renbourn. Doug's acoustic guitar style uses a range of both standard and alternate tunings.
Laurel Mill was nominated for the 2004 Just Plain Folks Music Award in the Solo Guitar category and placed second. See http://www.jpfolks.com/MusicAwards/2004/AlbumWinners.htm
Bill Wright at "Gods of Music" (http://www.godsofmusic.com) says: "The guitar work is superb... The composition is slick, and the music is just good fun. Doug seems to be having a lot of fun when he plays, and the effect is infectious.
Kirk Albrecht at minor7th (http://www.minor7th.com) says: "This is one of the best self-produced initial efforts I have come across, and if proof is in the playing, well, this one's seen a lot of time in my CD player lately."
Guitar Nine records says: "This is an enjoyable CD... The recording is intimate - you'll feel as if you're enjoying a private performance with just you, Young, and his Wingert and Ryan guitars. The opening track "No Two Ways About It" is a nice introduction to Young's compositional and playing style, and if that hooks ya, stick around, kick back, and enjoy the remaining fifteen instrumentals."
Rambles says "Laurel Mill ... is one of the better acoustic fingerstyle guitar CDs I've run across in a long while. How can you not just slow down and take a time out when you listen to music like this? ... Doug's version of the traditional tune Shenandoah is another example of his expertise on acoustic guitar. This timeless piece is presented in all its majesty and then some. Doug's arrangement is the most touching I've heard."
Bridge Guitar Reviews says "Doug Young excels in playing guitar music with intimacy and tenderness."
Wind and Wire says "guitar aficionados should enjoy this as much as the more casual fan of the instrument. ... There are uptempo numbers, like the opening No Two Ways About It, which is spirited but with a slight edge to it (and featuring adroit work by Young as his fingers seem to be everywhere at once) ... There are also pensive quiet songs here as well, such as the aptly titled and softly romantic Missing You"
Check out Doug's website at http://www.DougYoungGuitar.com for more information about the CD, the guitars used on the recording, recording notes, and tablature for some of the tunes.