Doug & The Band

Doug McNeel

Singer ● Songwriter
Ruminator ● Storyteller
Tree Hugger ● Hobbit Lover
Joy Seeker ● Wisdom Hunter

Doug credits his foray into songwriting to his grandmother who operated a working cattle and dude ranch near San Antonio. Doug notes: “When I was sixteen I worked at the ranch during the summer and at the same time was learning to play the guitar. One evening my grandmother asked me why I was singing other people’s music. 'Why don’t you write your own songs like your grandfather used to do?' I was flattered that she thought I had it in me to do this. That was the spark that got me started as a songwriter and I am deeply grateful for the gift of her challenge to me.”

Since then Doug has been writing songs shaped by the folk, country and gospel influences from his early years. Songwriters he admires include Bob Dylan, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Don McLean, John Denver, Johnny Cash, Arlo Guthrie, Gordon Lightfoot, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jerry Jeff Walker, John Prine, Thomas Michael Riley, Josh Turner, Delbert McClinton and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

The end result of these influences combined with Doug’s own spiritual insights and life experiences is what he likes to call “soul nourishing Texas style Americana music.” We hope you enjoy it.

Our premier CD, The Great Awakening, offers up a rich musical brew of country, folk, gospel and blues spiced with a Texas flavor. The music and lyrics are guaranteed to stick with you like the taste of a freshly baked pecan pie.

The Sons of Maverick

Doug McNeel is able to draw from a pool of highly accomplished South Texas musicians to create the magic of the Sons of Maverick. One or more of these delightful musicians would love to come and make beautiful music at your theater, fairground, dance hall, home, church, barn, parking lot, cow pasture, walk-in freezer or other suitable venue.

Click HERE to learn the history behind the Sons of Maverick name.

Contact us and we'll walk you through making concert arrangements.

Meet the Band

Gary Birdwell

Lead Guitar

An accomplished Americana guitarist, Gary has performed with Stephen Stills (of Crosby, Stills and Nash fame), Augie Meyers & Flaco Jimenez (The Texas Tornados), Steve Miller (The Steve Miller Band), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Monty Byrom (Big House) and Jay Boy Adams (Jay Boy Adams & the Roadhouse Scholars). Gary currently performs with his Americana band - Gettin’ By.

Hank Harrison

Fiddle, Mandolin and Background Vocals

A versatile musician, Hank started the Tennessee Valley Authority, San Antonio’s award-winning bluegrass band, in 1972. He later put together the Lone Star Swingbillies (a vintage country band), the Alamo Hot Club (a Gypsy Jazz string band) and the Rhythm Rangers (a Cowboy trio). Hank hosts the Hillbilly Hit Parade which airs on KSYM radio, 90.1 fm every Sunday, 12-2 pm. Hank plays mandolin, fiddle and guitar and is a student of music history. He is also a wise guy who enjoys keeping folks laughing.

Owen Duggan

Background Vocals, Rhythm Guitar and Banjo

Owen in addition to being a versatile musician is Doug’s arranger, co-producer and co-songwriter of “Blues Universe” and “Doctor Jesus,” which won awards in the Billboard World Songwriting Contest. A classically trained vocalist, Owen is also a children’s music songwriter and performer, who has produced an award- winning children’s album, An Elephant Never Forgets and a second delightful CD, Puppy Dog Jig. Owen has won a number of awards for his children’s music which can be heard on children's radio stations around the world. You can learn more about Owen's music here.

Judith McNeel

English Horn, Banjo and Background Vocals

A native of Lynchburg, Virginia, Judith met Doug while attending Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. Judith studied music at the University of Texas at San Antonio working with oboe and English horn under the tutelage of David Herbert. She has performed with the Symphony of the Hills in Kerrville, Texas and currently performs for various churches in the Texas Hill Country area.

Louie Terrazas

Bass Guitar

Louie was a bass player for the Sir Douglas Quintet and in that capacity performed on Dick Clark’s two television programs “American Bandstand” and “Where the Action Is.” Louie also recorded three albums with the Texas Tornados garnering a Grammy Certificate for his contribution to the 1990 Grammy Award winning recording of the song "Soy de San Luis."

Kenny Grohman

Steel Guitar


Richard Diaz de Leon

Lead Guitar