Last year in September, Swedish country star Jill Johnson taped six TV shows in Nashville. In the last episode Jill and her guest Magnus Carlsson more or less by accident came across a street musician named Doug Seegers on Lower Broadway, playing his song »Going Down To The River«. The song and Doug's performance knocked them out and a few days later they took him to the Carter Cabin Studio to record it. The TV show was aired in Sweeden in March 2014 and the public response was overwhelming.
In early April Doug Seegers recorded his first album in Nashville with Will Kimbrough producing. And Doug will spend all of this summer in Scandinavia playing festivals and high profile gigs.
Back in the eighties, Doug Seegers used to play in a band in Austin with Mr Americana, Buddy Miller himself, but since then his life has had its ups and downs. More downs than ups to be correct. The last 10 years or so he's been homeless, living on the streets of Nashville, playing his songs on the tourist strips to get enough money to survive. And writing songs all the time. Since about a year Doug's been sober and clean and just recently he got himself a small apartment.
Here is a youtubeclip: Doug Seegers Nashville street musician makes Swedish breakthrough.