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Doug Bruce’s steady rise on the charts and in the hearts of lovers of honest, well-crafted hillbilly songs culminated in a finalist nod in the 2014 Country Music Awards of Australia ‘Golden Guitar’ awards for Male Artist of the Year. The nomination capped off what has been a remarkable few years for Doug Bruce, with charting and award success paralleling his popularity as an artist, producer and a songwriter.
Doug is releasing his 5th studio album “Unsung - a tribute to the songs of Buddy Bruce”, in honour of his late songwriter uncle, at the 2016 Tamworth Country Music Festival. The first single “The Tears” will leave the listener in no doubt that on this album Doug is bringing back the true honky tonk form in all its glory¡
In late 2014 Doug released his fourth self-produced album, Somewhere Better to Be, from his recording studio Shoo Fly Studios. The first single Broke Down Heart gave Doug his third #1 hit on Australia’s Country Tracks Top 40 chart – and staying there for five weeks. The title track, Somewhere Better to Be, followed and was at #2 on the currently #5 on Country Tracks Top 40 chart for several weeks, and #1 on Australian Country Live365.
Doug’s previous album Made That Way delivered him very successful album sales, performances and award nominations. All three radio releases (Made That Way #2, Thank God I’m A Cowboy #6, Clock Out at Five #1 - Top 30 for 26 weeks and named the 2nd top performing song of 2014) from the album were all radio chart successes. His second album A Good Place had already netted him #1 (Coffey Road) and #2 (Honky Tonk Shoes and Sweet) positions on the chart.
Doug’s second album, A Good Place, netted him four from four hit radio singles and CMC video countdown entries and was voted Victorian Album of the Year at the 2011 Victorian & National Country Music Awards. Writing six of the tracks himself and recruiting some of the best songwriters in the business, the album has reaped enormous praise in the country music and mainstream press. Doug’s Merv Lowry Best Traditional Song winner, Coffey Road, was two weeks at #1 on the country music radio airplay charts in Australia and #13 on the CMC countdown. Sweet was 14 weeks in on the Country Tracks Top 30, holding onto the #2 spot for two weeks and climbed to #17 on CMC’s Top 30 countdown (where it was in the Top 50 for several months). This song earned Doug Oz Artist of the Year nomination and Video of the Year nomination in the 2013 CMC Music Awards. Doug was also a 2012 CMC Oz Artist of the Year nominee and was voted a top 15 finalist in the Video of the Year at the 2012 CMC Music Awards for Honky Tonk Shoes, which was three weeks at #2 on national radio. He also took out Victorian Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2011 Victorian & National Country Music Awards with this song. He won Best Vocal Collaboration at the 2012 TIARA Country Music Awards for Close Enough, with Amber Joy Poulton, which went to #13 on national country radio, where he was also awarded Best Male Vocal winner for Coffey Road.
Doug’s first album, All I Need won the The Smoky Dawson Best Indepent Release award at the 2009 Victorian & National Country Music Awards. He also took out Victorian Album of the Year, and Victorian Male Vocalist for What I’m Drinkin’ About at these awards. He was also awarded Best Male Vocalist at the 2009 TIARA Country Music Awards. I Know About Lonesome won Best Professional Contemporary Song at the TSA National Country Songwriting Contest.
Doug has been honoured with several award nominations over the past couple of years, including the coveted Male Artist at the ‘Golden Guitars’ CMA Awards, as well as Best Male Artist, Best Single and Best Album at the Southern Stars Independent Country Music Awards (2011, 2013, 2015), Best Country Album at the prestigious The Age - Music Victoria Genre Awards (2013), as well as nominations in the Country Music Channel Awards, (Male Oz artist and Best Oz Artist), for four years running.
Doug and his band have graced the bill of all the big-ticket shows, including CMC Rocks the Hunter, CMC Rocks North QLD, Gympie Music Muster, the Deni Ute Muster, Mud Bulls & Music, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Mud Bulls & Music Festival, Broadbeach Country Music Festival , and the Urban Country Music Festival, plus many more, illustrating the respect and affection audiences have for this artist.
Described as “the love child of America and Australia”, in recognition of Doug’s Texas origin and his adopted country and ‘band of brothers’, and “Two shots of Travis with a Haggard chaser” (Music Connection, UK). Doug and his band tour in the USA whenever they get the chance. The last visit saw Doug perform his hit song “Coffey Road” at the Ernest Tubb Texas Troubadour Theatre in Nashville.
In April 2014 Doug made his honourary Aussie status official, when he made his Pledge of Commitment in Bendigo, Victoria, and became an Australian citizen.
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 almost 20 years ago, performing primarily as a drummer and backing vocalist for numerous bands in Texas. 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, opening for George Jones with Billy Yates, and opening for the likes of Rascal Flatts, Travis Tritt and Charlie Robison in Texas.
5th studio album “Unsung - a tribute to the songs of Buddy Bruce” released mid-January, 2016. A very personal album, Unsung was introduced to listeners via the first release, “The Tears” - which rocketed into the #2 position in as many weeks, in the Australian Country Tracks Top 40, is sure to leave everyone in no doubt that this album is PURE hillbilly!