Greg Douglass

 

Greg Douglass plays guitar for more than 30 years now and this here is no attempt to cover these years in full detail. Nevertheless it is an attempt to throw some more light on one of the most important Bay Area guitarists. Greg has been a member of many bands, toured and recorded with various of them: Terry Dolan & The Pirates, Steve Miller Band, Greg Kihn Band, Eddie Money, Van Morrison, Tom Johnston, Peter Rowan, John Cipollina, Hot Tuna, Country Joe McDonald - to name a few.

Greg's career started somewhere during the 60s in a band called 'The Virtues' which turned into 'Country Weather'. Both bands played covers and 'Country Weather' also played original music. Despite their local following they failed to succeed. Nevertheless they played venues like the Avalon and the Fillmore before they disbanded in the early 70s. Had Greg 'only' been the guitar player in these bands - he would front the next.

'Mistress' could really work the crowd at live shows and got very good reviews. Somehow this also didn't result in a record deal - although a demo tape was cut. Tension within the band finally caused them to break up. Greg left and found new friends in Terry Dolan and John Cipollina. This would make him a member in Terry's band and over the years almost naturally include him into many of Cipollina's bands. Greg also became involved with Sound Hole and went on tour with Van Morrison. During the late seventies Greg was a member of the Steve Miller Band and also of the Greg Kihn Band. More info on all that can be found on Greg's website.

Luckily the demo tape Mistress recorded at Wally Heider's in 1973 was relased 23 years later by the German Taxim label in 1996. Taxim also released Greg's first solo album 'Maelstrom' in 1993. Greg plays acoustic guitar on this album. Confusing for some who only knew Greg for his outstanding electric guitar work (Steve Miller). In 2000 Greg's new passion for acoustic fingerstyle pickin' led to the release of 'The Natives Are Restless'. This album had already been recorded by 1997 but Greg only sold his guitar instrumentals on tape. Overwhelming response from his fans finally made him release the CD by himself. A good decision because the CD probably showcases the best thing he has ever recorded. The CD can be ordered exclusively over Greg's website - just follow the link at the end of this page.

During the 2001 Christmas season Greg recorded some acoustic guitar versions of his favorite holiday songs. Friends and fans who got some homegrown CDs from Greg loved it and Greg decided to remaster what he had and released the properly mastered CD "Holiday Favorites" at the end of 2003. Once again everyone can hear what a gifted acoustic guitar player Greg is - so get your copy while supplies last. CDs are available from Greg so please use the link underneath and don't hesitate to contact Greg. CDs are shipped worldwide and can be paid via Paypal.

In 2005 RD Records released the music of one of Greg's first bands - Country Weather - on vinyl (only). More about Country Weather once this release is available on CD. Greg also released two educational guitar teaching DVDs in 2005 - anyone trying to master his/her guitar should try these (info can be found below).

 

Greg Douglass Solo Discography:

MaelstromGreg Douglass
Maelstrom

(Taxim Records, 1993)
Police Dog Blues -- Maelstrom -- Breather -- Drugs & Alcohol -- Bad Talkin' Blues Man -- The Irish Tune -- Recovery Rag -- Parchman Farm -- Wailing Wall -- Poor Boy -- Can't Be Satisfied -- Shelly's Song

Musicians: Greg Douglass, Steve Douglas, Peter Rowan, Nick Gravenites, Norton Buffalo, Doug Harmon

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Free Flyte

(Taxim Records, 1996)
All Worth the Price You Pay -- McClure's -- Prayers -- Paul -- Free Flyte - Shiner -- Leave This Town -- Crisis -- Bullets -- Maelstrom

Musicians: Greg Douglass, Brian Kilcourse, Bill Baron

Cover art: Kevin Haapala

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The Natives Are RestlessGreg Douglass
The Natives Are Restless

(Greg Douglass, 2000)
Garcia's Last Gig -- Key To The Highway -- When Frida Kahlo Lost Her Halo -- A Minor Problem -- Last Train To Tinksville -- I Feel Fine -- Slap Happy - Bugnuts' Busy Day -- Irish Medley -- Breather -- The Natives Are Restless

Musician: Greg Douglass

Cover art: Kevin Haapala




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Holiday FavoritesGreg Douglass
Holiday Favorites
On Solo Acoustic Guitar

(Greg Douglass, 2003)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen -- O Holy Night -- Good King Wencelas -- Manager/Midnight Clear Medley -- Jingle Bell Rock -- Angels We Have Heard On High -- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas -- Carol Of The Bells -- The Christmas Song -- Greensleeves -- Hark/Adeste Fidelis Medley -- Silent Night

Musician: Greg Douglass

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Country WeatherCountry Weather
Country Weather

(RD Records, 2005)
Over And Over -- Boy Without A Home -- Out On The Trail -- Yes Thatís Right -- Why Time Is Leaving Me Behind -- New York City Blues -- Carry A Spare -- Fly To New York -- Black Mountain Rag --- I Donít Know -- Black Mountain Rag -- Pakistan (Ring Around The Moon) -- Fly To New York -- New York City Blues -- Yes Thatís Right -- Wake Me Shake Me

From the press release: "Vinyl double LP pressed on heavy audiophile vinyl with a deluxe gatefold cover, 8 page insert booklet and there are messages scratched in to the dead wax. Side 1 is the legendary 5 song record from 1969; Side 2 are 4 songs recorded at The Church in 1971; Side 3 and 4 were recorded at the Walnut Creek Civic Center from 1970."

Musicians: Greg Douglass, Steve Derr, Dave Carter, ...

Cover art: Randy Tuten

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DVDs

Lead GuitarFingerstyle
Greg Douglass

(Icons of Rock 2005)
Greg Douglass is a versatile multi-platinum artist who has toured and recorded with Steve Miller, Van Morrison, Greg Kihn, Eddie Money and others.With over 100 minutes of instruction, numerous chapter marks for easy navigation and a fully interactive lesson library: Greg Douglass Lead Guitar is an entertaining and educational tool for today's guitar player. Includes On-Screen tablature, interactive Lesson chart and a free password to online book.

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Lead GuitarLead Guitar
Greg Douglass

(Icons of Rock 2005)
Greg Douglass is a versatile multi-platinum artist who has toured and recorded with Steve Miller, Van Morrison, Greg Kihn, Eddie Money and others.With over 100 minutes of instruction, numerous chapter marks for easy navigation and a fully interactive lesson library: Greg Douglass Lead Guitar is an entertaining and educational tool for today's guitar player. Includes On-Screen tablature, interactive Lesson chart and a free password to online book.

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Further Links:

  • www.gregdouglass.com
        Greg's official website

  • The Greg Douglass Story
        Barry Flast's interview with Greg Douglass

     

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