“Above Photo by Greg Reely Photography ”
The STORIES, the INSTRUMENTS, the SONGS
Two of Canada’s finest. You can see hear the past and the present in their instrumentation, their stories and their songs. A rare treat in an intimate setting. What a long, strange – and delightful – trip it continues to be!
With sixty years’ experience and countless performances between them, these veteran award winning recording artists each with a menagerie of stories to tell, a truckload of strings and things in their arsenal and preponderance of songs will have you glued to your seat listening to their every word, sometimes laughing, singing along, tapping your toes and humming their melodies for days afterward.
Doug and Linda first shared a stage at the inaugural Stan Rogers Folk Festival, in Canso, NS, resulting in some of the most enjoyable, generous stage time they had ever experienced. Doug later invited Linda to be part of his “Starman: An Acoustic Evening of David Bowie Songs. They decided not to wait so long between collaborations and voila their new project was borne.
Doug Cox: There are world musicians, and there are musicians of the world. In the case of Alberta-born Doug Cox, this extremely talented six-stringer happens to be both. Doug was initially drawn to the blues, particularly bottleneck slide guitar. He soon discovered the Dobro, and before long earned a national and international reputation as he skillfully fused a wide range of acoustic roots and Americana musical styles. Doug’s surpassing dexterity with so many idioms has seen him play and record with such diverse superstars as Indian slide guitarists Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Salil Bhatt, Tex-Mex kings Los Texmaniacs, British Bluesman Long John Baldry, Austin's sweetheart songwriter BettySoo and Rwandan The Mighty Popo (to name but a few!).
Doug's worked hard on his art and his craft, and you can hear it when he plays. You can also see it, in the names of the artists he's making music with and the places he's played and when you read between those lines, you know he's earned the respect of his peers and a lot of very happy listeners. He is also a catalyst among musicians and artists for many fascinating collaborations.
Linda McRae just like her music is about as real as it gets. That's a quality you rarely see in this modern music world. A Canadian-Nashville based multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter she has 37 years’ experience touring and teaching both nationally and internationally. From her days as band member extraordinaire to the iconic Canadian Celtic band, Spirit of the West, to everything she has done since, Linda remains an artist full of integrity. Playing banjo, guitar and accordion in an unflaggingly authentic, deeply satisfying, and refreshingly acoustic style with a big dose of soul and skilled musicality, McRae’s unforgettable melodies and thought-provoking lyrics make her a captivating artist.
She has performed in venues as diverse as the Orpheum Theatre with the Vancouver Symphony to New Folsom Prison with the “in house blues band” where she facilitates writing workshops for the inmates. These experiences lead to the creation of Express Yourself Writing Workshops currently being presented across North America. She is a 2016 BC Entertainment Hall of Fame Pioneer Inductee and 2017 Boston Family Folk Chorale Songwriting Competition winner.
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR DOUG COX & LINDA MCRAE
Booking: James Whitmire, 42RPM, @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Websites: Linda McRae https://lindamcrae.com
Doug Cox https://dougcox.org
NEW VIDEOS AND PHOTOS COMING SOON! Doug and Linda just completed a few shows in BC and AB. Watch for new material soon.
Doug Cox and Linda McRae have their new project. Its so new in fact that footage doesn't yet exist. This footage is from Doug's 2016/mid-2017 project Starman: An Acoustic Evening of David Bowie Songs featuring Doug Cox, Linda McRae, Helen Austin, Sam Hurrie, Sean Verrault, Robyn Lane, Rick May and Steve Dawson (in a later version replacing Sean Verrault).
Doug and Linda are both experienced workshop hosts.
Doug Cox: Courses offered are Introduction to Roots Guitar; Slide Guitar and Open Tunings; Blues Dobro; Advanced Dobro.
Doug is an acclaimed educator. He has produced a series of instructional packages teaching slide guitar, dobro and guitar playing. He loves guitar camps & has taught at camps from Kerrville, Texas, to Anchorage, Alaska, to the Sore Fingers Camp in the Cotswolds, England. He also teaches at many day-long workshops while on tour.
Linda McRae: Courses offered are Songwriting with Intent; Performance: From Light Bulb Moment to Stage Lights; Campfire Song Circle and Singalong.i
Linda is also an acclaimed educator and has developed Express Yourself Writing Workshops for at risk youth and incarcerated individuals. She also loves teaching at music camps and has participated in Haliburton Winter Camp, ON; Smithers Guitar Camp, BC; Banff Centre, AB; Louis Jay Meyers Music Camp, KS and also teaches many workshops while on tour.