We are ecstatic to announce the release of the official lyric video for “Pretty Girls and Fishing Poles!” Download the single and the rest of the Sweet Dixie Memory EP at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sweet-dixie-memory-ep/id1034903345.
Doug recently opened for Country Music star, Sara Evans on a run of shows through OH and NJ.
“It’s always an incredible experience when I’m able to introduce my music to a new audience. There’s no better feeling in the world than seeing real people react to the music I believe in! I love standing at the merch table after the show and hearing the real life response to the songs and to the performance. A huge thanks to the entire Sara Evans camp for having me out!” – Doug
We are excited to announce the Doug McCormick Blue and Gold Tour! The tour is scheduled to kick off August, 31st in Belton, SC and will stop at several FFA chapters along the way including Doug’s home town FFA chapter in McBee, SC.
“As an Agricultural Education graduate form Clemson University, this hits right at home to me. I grew up in a tiny, rural town in SC where you weren’t the “cool kid” if you weren’t in FFA. In high school I was the president of our FFA chapter and felt so passionate about it that I went on to major in Agricultural Education. I can’t wait to take my music back home to the real people who grew up the same way I did. This is going to be a blast!” – Doug
Country music has always maintained an ebb and flow between pushing the genre forward with outside influences and returning back to the roots that keep the genre grounded in its history. It’s rare for one artist to balance those two directions, but Doug McCormick pulls off that hat trick masterfully on his new EP, Sweet Dixie Memory.
Doug grew up the son of a blue-collar textile worker in Patrick, South Carolina (pop. 350). He spent his childhood loving the land and the outdoors, appreciating the significance of the hard working men and women on those neighboring farms. Doug played second base on the McBee High School Panthers baseball team, was a leader in the local FFA organization, and even received his B.S. in Agricultural Education from Clemson University.
Though he moved to Nashville and signed a publishing deal with BMG/Chrysalis in January 2013, Doug’s mind wanders back to that small Carolina town when he’s writing his heartfelt lyrics.
“I always try to go back to that place and say, ‘What would my dad think about this,'” Doug says. “And even more than that — my buddies back home, will they relate to this?’ So, I think having that kind of raising, having that kind of background, just being from a little town in Carolina, that’s where the music comes from.”
The rich legacy of country music factors into Doug’s music in a big way, too. Heavily influenced by his Mom’s music, it was the sound of a steel guitar and a fiddle on classic songs by Garth Brooks, Keith Whitley, Randy Travis and The Judds that first sparked Doug’s passion for country music. That fire burns throughout Doug’s songs to this day. He says, “The legacy of country music is important to me, because if I think of that legacy fizzling out, I mean, it breaks my heart. Country music has meant so much to me over the years, and the generations coming up deserve that same kind of quality music.”
While Sweet Dixie Memory is built on Doug’s strong country foundation, certain nuances in the production give the music an edge perfectly in step with the sound of today’s country radio. Doug credits his producer, Marshall Altman (Frankie Ballard, Eric Paslay), for helping him make music that will light up his concert crowds while also maintaining the timeless quality Doug shoots for in all of his songs. Doug explains, “I want to make music that people are going to be singing 10 years from now. I don’t want to record songs that are gonna go up the charts and then nobody’s gonna know it in a few months. I love digging in and finding a deep lyric that’s gonna hit you in the chest.”
Doug definitely pulls off that emotional punch with “Time Don’t’ Care,” a song written in the wake of a close friend’s sudden death. He shows off his tender side with the romantic ballad, “Dirt Road Dancin’,” an ode to his high school sweetheart-turned-wife, Rachel. Doug offers a nod to those hard working people from his hometown in the driving “Hands Of A Country Man.” And for a real taste of Doug’s live show, look no further than the sun-drenched country anthem, “Pretty Girls & Fishing Poles.” He says of that standout track, “It just makes you feel good. You can’t help but bob your head to it. It’s infectious. It makes you want to drink a cold beer on a creek bank with a pretty girl and drop a dang red and white bobber in the water. Who doesn’t want to do that?”
Through relentless touring, Doug has built a loyal, grassroots following that continues to grow with each performance. With the release of Sweet Dixie Memory, he is looking forward to introducing this new music on the road. He looks ahead with excitement to all the future holds, and continues to humbly tip his hat to the ones who make it possible for him to live his dream every day: God and the fans of country music.
Doug has announced a photo contest for his newly released single, “Pretty Girls & Fishing Poles.” To enter the contest, fans are asked to post photos to Instagram that capture the spirit of his sun drenched, summertime anthem. To be eligible to win, contestants must tag @DougMcCormick in the photo and include the hashtag, #prettygirlsandfishingpoles in the photo’s caption.
The grand prize winner will receive an autographed Slingshot/Zebco rod and reel. Also, the best photos will be featured in the lyric video for “Pretty Girls & Fishing Poles.”
For more information, check out Doug’s official Instagram profile, www.instagram.com/dougmccormick
You can get Doug’s new single, “Pretty Girls & Fishing Poles” at iTunes, Amazon, & Google Play.
We are ecstatic to announce that Doug McCormick will be releasing a new single to iTunes Friday, July 24th. The Summertime, feel good jam, “Pretty Girls and Fishing Poles” will be the lead off single from an EP project scheduled to come out later this Summer. ‘
In bringing this project to life, Doug was ecstatic to collaborate with producer, Marshall Altman. The two of them penned this song together and later decided to include on the project. Marshall has worked with artists such as Frankie Ballard, Eric Paslay, and Amy Grant to name a few.
“Words can not express how excited I am about releasing this new music!! It’s been a while since we’ve put out anything and ‘Pretty Girls and Fishing Poles’ is the perfect Summertime introduction to what we’ve been working on! It’s me, it’s fun, it’s laid back all at the same time and I can’t wait to see how the fans and supporters of what I do are going to react to this! This is going to be a blast and I can’t wait!” – Doug