As a boy in East Texas, my father would wake us up singing; “Good morning to you, good morning to you! We’re all in our places with bright shining faces! Oh, this is the way to start a new day!”. Then he would go play “Deep Purple” on piano while my mother would sing. Now when I play solo, I always try to work that song into the set.
When I was a kid, my family moved around Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana a lot. Being able to play a little Ray Charles or boogie boogie on the piano was a great ice breaker, especially in Arkansas when I was in 2nd grade. I consider music to be the universal language that could potentially unify us all.
I fell in love with New Orleans music early on. The Meters always had the right groove for me. As a teenager, it was life changing to see Clifton Chenier and his brother Cleveland preform. Clifton was playing all the right licks and Cleveland was running all around the room playing the rubboard (frottoir) with thimbles on his finger tips. Little did I know that years later, I would be running around the hall with a wireless accordion. I have since discovered that Clifton and I had similar musical heroes. Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Professor Longhair are to name but a few.
I have been extremely blessed to have been able to work with so many of my heroes; either singing, playing or taking care of their instruments. The first 45 rpm single that I ever bought was by Little Richard and he was also the first rock star I tuned a piano for. Since then, I have tuned pianos for more awesome musicians than I can possibly remember. I also ended up preforming with many of those people. Such as Rod Stewart (I was keyboard tech and steel drummer) and Todd Rundgren whom I was a tech for his band Utopia and then a singer on his tour “A Capella”.
I worked for several years with other musicians and finally decided to focus on my own band again. We have been able to keep busy for many years and had some real adventures including working with Muppets and opening for the Neville Brothers in Europe and Japan.
The current team of musicians that I am working with are top notch and our new album “Lagniappe!” is going to turn some heads!
Z Z Top – worked with art director Bill Narum
Doug performed the song "TUSH" by ZZ Top in the film, "Bucket List" with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, Directed by Rob Reiner
Van Dyke Parks – 1st AFM session – steel drums with live orchestra – still working with him
The Neville Brothers – opened for them in Europe and Japan
Sir Paul McCartney – accordionist and background vocalist
Grant Geissman – accordionist on his album "Bop! Bang! Boom!" Album – Grant played for several years with The Zydeco Party Band and is the guitarist on their album "The Gumbo Brotherhood"
Ziggy Modeliste – Ziggy played drums with Doug's steel drum band "The Chili Steel Band"
Freebo – Freebo has been a member of The Zydeco Party Band & produced and performed on my "King Cake Party" album
Todd Rundgren – singer on tour "A Capella" – Todd produced and performed on my album "Hey You!"
Oingo Boingo – keyboards, accordion, percussion, background vocalist, Evil Clown
Lucinda Williams – Houston based band together; shared a bill with Clifton Chenier
Delbert McClinton – played keyboards on east coast tour opening for the Allman Brothers
Brian Wilson – background vocalist on his and Van Dyke Parks collaboration album "Orange Crate Art"
Peter Ivers – steel drums in his band "Iver's Divers"
Kinky Friedman – keyboards
Delaney Bramlett – B3 Hammond organ
Ry Cooder – keyboard tech – Ry played accordion and guitar on my "King Cake Party" album
David Lindley – David played guitar and other instruments on my "King Cake Party" album
Jim Keltner – Jim produced and performed on my "King Cake Party" album
Jim Wilson – accordionist on his "Cape of Good Hope" album
The Tubes – keyboard tech and played synthesizers – I enlisted the band to work on "Hey You"
Eliza Gilkyson – piano on her "Through The Looking Glass" album
Dick Clark – "The Late Mr. Pete Show"
Jim Henson – "Muppets Tonight"
Rod Stewart (also played steel drums), ELO, Barry Manilow,
Boz Scaggs, Jackson Browne, Tom Petty, Joe Cocker,
Ricki Lee Jones (also keyboardist), Stevie Nicks, Bruce Hornsby,
Billy Joel (also occsional piano), Simon & Garfunkel, Ry Cooder,
The Tubes, and Todd Rundgren.
The current performing band while Gary Ferguson is on hiatus is Doug Legacy, Jimmy Z, Taras Prodaniuk, Randy Ray Mitchell and Tom Fillman. Bill Churchville is always a welcome edition on trumpet and trombone. We also may feature background vocalists Gia Ciambotti, Jillinda Palmer & Ashley Adler.
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