Doug & The Band
Singer ● Songwriter
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.”
Ruminator ● Storyteller
Tree Hugger ● Hobbit Lover
Joy Seeker ● Wisdom Hunter
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.
Meet the Band
Fiddle, Mandolin and Background Vocals
Background Vocals, Rhythm Guitar and Banjo
English Horn, Banjo and Background Vocals
Richard Diaz de Leon