John Douglas, a Scottish singer/songwriter known for The Trashcan Sinatras, has ventured into publishing his first solo album. The acoustic indie album was recorded live with no overdubs by producer Mark Freegard.
“I’ve often been encouraged by friends over the years to make a solo album, but the timing or inclination didn’t flow. Last year – out of nowhere – everything suddenly felt right and the process was quick and natural. Mark just set the mics up and I played my songs. No other musicians or overdubs. Me and my guitar. That way, I became the songs and they became me. The finished record, though varied in song styles, has a mood to it… it’s warm, thoughtful and quiet.. as I generally aspire to be,” says John Douglas.
In my humble opinion, the songwriting of John Douglas is of the highest quality. He makes it seem so easy to write a great song. Although the songwriting process is not effective for everyone, whatever Douglas is doing works very well.
When I hear his music, it reminds me of Gordon Lightfoot, Jim Croce and Simon & Garfunkel. The aforementioned musicians are some of the best folk rock songwriters and singers of all time. Needless to say, Douglas is among excellent company.
“Maid O’ The Loch,” “Orange Crayons,” and “Always” are my favorite songs from the album. After you listen to the album, let me know what you think.
If I could listen to this album in any location, I would choose a long train ride to anywhere.
The ‘John Douglas’ album is available on CD on streaming platforms including Bandcamp, where supporters can download two exclusive bonus digital tracks (‘Last Orders’ and ‘The Drink’). To mark this release, John Douglas will be supporting Withered Hand on their Scottish tour this October.