"Doug Norquay is a Canadian
country, folk-roots, bluesman with a sound that harks back to the mid-70s Los
Angeles boho scene, but also something darker, desperate and more primal. He
plays a mean slide guitar and sings with a voice that'll remind discerning
listeners of Howlin Wolf, Tom Waits, Johnny Dowd and Tom Ovans, and writes songs
that rattle and shake, sooth and placate, or just plain terrify. This is his
third proper album - I think - though there have been a few cassettes released
over the years, but it's the first of Norquay's records I've got to hear. That
will be remedied.
Leicester Bangs Review (2013)
" After a period with no news about him , Canadian singer,
guitar player and songwriter Doug Norquay gives us a new cd with eleven of
his own compositions where he develops a personal original style conceived with
different musical landscapes which go from rockabilly to folk , neo-blues and
alternative rock music . It is a pity Doug does not have a better and
wider means to promote his work , because his talent is undervalued and this man
deserves a wider recognition by media and people . A good record label
should take into account Doug's work . Ethel's Lounge is a good cd that
has pleasantly surprised me . Very Good . " -
Vicente Zumel , "La Hora del Blues" , Barcelona , Spain
Doug is an exceptional acoustic, slide guitar player, with a style that takes the delta blues technique to a new level. Usually performing as a solo act, his playing hits with the intensity of a steam train. Lyrically he is closer to Bob Dylan than Howlin' Wolf. There is little of the "Woke up this morning..." in Doug's music.
"Doug Norquay has arrived on the scene as a potent songwriter with a hypnotic slide guitar style all his own" - Rick Fines, Jackson Delta
Guelph’s Doug Norquay has a new album. Ugly Blues is only on cassette at the moment, but he assures me it will be on CD soon. Doug performs on both acoustic and electric slide guitar(the ‘ugly’ refers to his description of his electric slide sound) this time with “Fred MacDowell”, “The Big Scrapyard” and a couple of other new songs not on his Cadillac Shoes cassette from a number of years back. His rapid fire images(“Bones of John The Baptist”) over repeated slide riffs are a treat to hear and repay return visits.
Doug Norquay - Poisonous Road Snakes SMCD-DN99
Also from Guelph is veteran slide guitarist Doug Norquay. I've written about his cassettes here before and now a CD, Poisonous Road Snakes, is available. Thirteen of his songs are collected, in new acoustic performances for some of the old songs and some new songs as well. His slide playing owes a huge debt to Mississippi Fred MacDowell, credited in song, and his lyrics to a corner of literature I'm not familiar with-titles like "Best Demented Cowgirl Face" & "Bones Of John The Baptist" give you some idea, he calls it "truck-driver-on-acid" lyrical imagery. If you've heard him perform, you know what that means and may well like a sample to take home now that it's on a friendlier medium.
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