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MP3 Wayne Evan Douglas - Time Can Heal

Rock, southern rock, and country with a little psychedelia for fun. The combination makes the sound a new and wonderful mix that appeals to a wide variety of genres.

10 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Classic Rock, COUNTRY: Country Rock

My name is Wayne Evan Douglas. I live in the small town of Phelps, KY. I’ve been married to my wife, Samantha for 18 years and we have three children, Joshua, Zachary, and Gabriella. I also have 2 older sons from a previous marriage, Matthew and Corey, who are in the Navy. I work for myself as a computer technician but my passion is music.

I started playing guitar at the age of 8 but didn’t get serious about it until I turned 13 when I heard some guy named Jimi Hendrix on the radio. I spent the next 2 years practically locked in my bedroom practicing and playing along with records. After I got my first real electric guitar, a Fender Telecaster, I got together with some of my buddies and formed my first band. It didn’t last very long but I had a blast. I joined another band in my senior year of high school and we played the usual gigs, school dances, birthday parties, and events at the local fire dept, making a name for ourselves locally. Upon graduating high school I was invited to join another band and we played the bar and club scene throughout Virginia and West Virginia for the next 2 years. Shortly thereafter, my sister, who had moved to Dallas, TX, called me up one day to tell me that “music is really happenin’ up here!” Her timing was perfect as by that time I had decided that I was tired of playing the same cover tunes the same way night after night. So what could I do? I moved to Dallas.

After settling down in the town of Mesquite, I started searching the classifieds for a band. Right away I saw ad after ad of “cover band looking for guitar player”. Then one day I saw an ad that read, “singer/songwriter/guitarist looking to form a band to do all original material”. Bingo! I found what I was looking for. To make this story a little shorter, I auditioned and got the gig. After a couple months of rehearsals we started playing some gigs. And thus Riders Of The Inland Surf (no joke…that was our name) was born. It didn’t take long for word to get around and the next thing I know we’re playing 3 to 4 nights a week all throughout Dallas. After a year we decided it was time to go into the studio and cut an album. The album sold pretty well locally. Not long after the albums’ release we got a pretty good review in the June 1987 edition of the Dallas Music News. A couple of weeks later we were invited to do an interview with Dallas’ own Phil York of the “Phil York’s Texas Toast” radio program on station KNON, a publicly owned and operated radio station. This really helped to boost our album sales and also lead to even more gigs. Things were looking up for the “inland surfers”. But, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. In the summer of 1988 we started having a difference of opinion as to the direction of the bands music and in the fall Riders Of The Inland Surf came to an end. Shortly afterwards I received an invitation to join another band but couldn’t see myself playing in those same clubs with someone else. So what could I do? I moved back to Kentucky.

The year is 1989 and I’m back in good ol’ Pike County where there is virtually no music scene whatsoever. So I get a job working in the coal mines through a friend of mine. This friend also introduced me to my future wife, Samantha, and in June we got married. In 1990 I started going to church and met some guys that expressed an interest in forming a Christian Rock band. So we did. In fact I played in a total of 3 Christian rock bands between 1990 and 1996. The last band, Hushpuppy (yea…I know), was one of two of the bands that went into the studio to record. What originally started out as a 3 or 4 song demo turned into a full blown 10 song album. The album sold quite a few copies, but no radio airplay. Not much of a market here for Christian rockers. After several lineup changes we all decided to call it quits in the winter of ’96. Many years ago I made a promise to myself that if music ever stopped being fun then I would quit. Music had stopped being fun so I put my guitar away. I also felt that I needed to spend more time with my family.

Fast forward to 2004. After an 8 year break I decided to give it one more shot. So I get out my guitar, dust it off, and started playing. That’s when I discovered that playing guitar was like riding a bicycle. Once you learn you never forget, but if you don’t stay with it you get rusty. And I was really rusty. It was like my brain remembered how to play but my fingers forgot. I literally had to take a year to relearn how to play and get my chops and confidence back. Once the old Wayne was back I decided to start writing songs again. What I liked about being in the Riders Of The Inland Surf was the variety of material. Our style was all over the place from straight up rock to funk, blues, country, even a couple of tunes that bordered on heavy metal. In the Christian rock bands, we pretty much just did real heavy detuned guitar music (ala Alice In Chains and Dogman-era King’s X for example). I wrote the majority of the music in those bands, but was limited to the style of music we played. This time I decided that I didn’t want to limit myself to anything. I would just sit down and write whatever came to mind whether it be rock, blues, country, or whatever. I also decided that I would take my time and not rush the songs. It took me a year to write 10 songs, but, as a result, I have never been more satisfied as a songwriter as I am now. Also during this period I decide to not put a band together but go solo instead.

In March of 2006 I felt that the songs were ready and that it was time to go into the studio. So I contacted a studio here in Phelps, booked a date, told them that I would need some session players, and started recording in April. 8 months and 4 songs later, that only consisted of basic drums, bass, one rhythm guitar, and scratch vocal tracks, I pulled out of that studio and booked some time in another studio in Pikeville, KY. 8 weeks later all of the songs are recorded and ready for mixdown. The name of the album will be “Time Can Heal” (which is also the name of one of the songs).

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