The Gary Douglas Band will release their new album ‘Deep In The Water’ on October 12th. GDB deliver heartland rock n' roll and melodic reflection in equal measure with their blue-collar take on the American dream, which is sure to appeal to fans of Springsteen, Mellencamp, Seger etc. One listen to the title track or rousing opener ‘River Road’ and it’s obvious Gary Douglas has something to say about the state of his home country and the world we live in today. The video for ‘Nothing Ever Goes As Planned’ and more about The Gary Douglas Band follows:
Expertly produced by Niko Bolas (Neil Young/Warren Zevon) and Darrell Brown (Keith Urban/Radney Foster) ‘Deep In The Water’ also features Raul Malo and Paul Deakin (The Mavericks), Jeff Kazee (Southside Johnny & The Asbury Dukes), Jennifer Gunderman (The Jayhawks) and a host of top Nashville session talent. A full press release follows:
DEEP IN THE WATER includes the recently released "River Road" (available at all digital outlets). The track - joined by a lyric video, streaming now via www.garydouglasband.com - earned online acclaim upon its arrival earlier this year. "A blustering mix of soulful and melodic Americana, and gritty heartland rock," declared JamSphere.com , "it's exactly what you expect from one of the authentic practitioners of the genre. But amid the fist-pumping stadium anthem, you'll find the meditative mind of Douglas taking stock of real life issues that many of us have to face on a daily basis - unemployment, rent, mortgages - and the courage, love and hope it takes to not succumb to them. The Gary Douglas Band manages to balance introspection with propulsive rock n' roll, while intertwining a subtle political and social bent." "A high quality piece of songwriting and old school storytelling that keeps the flame of rock n' roll alive," hailed The Faulkner Review . "Gary Douglas and his cohorts kick up a musical storm that recalls the finest moments of Springsteen and acolytes of that artist will adore this band." "Roaring vocals, an exhilarating instrumental and powerful lyrics make 'River Road' a must-listen," wrote The Ratings Game, while Music Existence decreed "River Road" to be "an exceptional song...a fresh yet timeless American classic."
DEEP IN THE WATER fully catapults The Gary Douglas Band to the forefront of Americana and heartland rock 'n' roll, its powerful themes and searing truths perhaps more relevant now than ever before. Produced and mixed by Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Warren Zevon) and co-produced by chart-topping songwriter/producer Darrell Brown (Keith Urban, Radney Foster), DEEP IN THE WATER sees Douglas backed by an all-star lineup of friends and fans that includes Southside Johnny, and Jeff Kazee (keyboardist for Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes), The Mavericks' Raul Malo and Paul Deakin, guitarist Josh Leo, Nicholas Biello on saxophone, The Jayhawks' Jennifer Gunderman, and a host of Nashville's finest session players. Songs such as "Nothing Ever Goes As Planned" and "Devil In Her Soul" reflect the deep rift in the very fabric of our society, a division and dysfunction that threatens to tear us apart without some unifying rallying cry to bring us together.
Hailed by Relix as "a rock 'n' roll troubadour, an intrepid journeyman whose sweat-drenched sound reminds one of the usual heartland heroes," Gary Douglas has long been waging battle with the forces of greed and injustice, both as rebel rocker and as a hard-working attorney who spends each and every day fighting for workers rights and the victims of corporate greed. He won a long hard fought legal battle against chemical giant DuPont, putting an end to their poisoning of the Ohio River and giving redemption to the people who lived in the area and drank the contaminated water with many of them getting cancer and dying. The Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter - who was inducted into the Trail Lawyer Hall of Fame earlier this year, joining such legal giants as Thurgood Marshall, Morris Dees, and William Kuntsler - has somehow found equal time to lead his Gary Douglas Band for more than four years, lighting it up night after night with blazing guitars, anthemic hooks, and a potent lyricism that rings out with its craft, confidence, and striking conviction.
Douglas has earned attention for his resonant songcraft and unique take on Americana, with The Gary Douglas Band's 2016 breakthrough, KEEPIN' FAITH (both available now via www.garydouglasband.com/store). "Douglas doesn't push any parameters," raved Relix, "but he also doesn't pull back from them either, showing his stamina via a sturdy and assertive style...with his blue-collar ethic and staunch determination, all faith is warranted." "This fine collection which finds (Gary Douglas) and his bandmates guilty of one thing: making quite a rockin' ruckus," raved All Access Music , while Elmore Magazine simply declared KEEPIN' FAITH to be "a doozy of an album...filled to bursting with powerhouse vocals, from both Douglas and his backup singers. Interchanging solos on guitar and keys add a dash of spontaneity...for being relatively new to the game, Douglas seems perfectly at ease and in command front and center."
Known far and wide as an electrifying and unstoppably vital live outfit, The Gary Douglas Band will celebrate DEEP IN THE WATER with a wide-ranging series of U.S. live dates. For updates and announcements, please see www.garydouglasband.com/tour-dates.