DOUG
ASHDOWN

I’m a singer-songwriter, musician and entertainer with 15 albums recorded. After playing lead guitar in a Shadows / Beatles cover band, I descended into the subterranean world of the folk clubs where I became a Dylan impersonator supreme.  My first real break came when I recorded my debut album for CBS.  I think it garnered me a tin record for 25 sales! My album Source released in 1968 featured one of my first compositions Something Strange. I got busy writing my own songs and began to write with Jim Stewart. Jim and I co-wrote an album called the Age Of Mouse. Featuring the band Fraternity, it was the first double album of original material released in Australia.
 

I then travelled to Nashville where I lived and worked for three years. While there I met many great writers and singers, ate and drank lots of  "country breakfasts" and co-wrote many songs. One of these, Just Thank Me, became a number one country hit for the late David Rogers. Another unforgettable experience while in Nashville was co-producing a single for, and touring with, the great Broadway star Carol Channing. During my stay in America I also  performed at Gerdes Folk City in New York,  at the Exit Inn in Nashville and on the Mike Douglas TV show in Philadelphia.
   

Upon returning to Australia I fronted the country rock band, The Sleeping Dogs. During my long and sometimes colourful career, I have been lucky enough to perform with such diverse international acts as Joni Mitchell, Supertramp, Leo Kottke, Charlie Pride, Cheech and Chong, The Stylistics, Dave Van Ronk, Jimmy Webb, Ralph McTell, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Kinky Friedman. I have had the breathtaking experience and privilege of sharing the stage in concert with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

While touring with Biko author, the late Donald Woods, I was the first artist to perform at a National Press Club luncheon.
 

I've been picking, singing and writing long enough to have heard my voice on the charts for three decades. The songs include On The Day They Freed The Noise, A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, The Saddest Song Of All, Winter In America and Eric Bogle's classic And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda.  Winter In America, co-written with Jimmy Stewart during a cold Nashville winter, has been recorded by numerous artists throughout the world.  Dutch superstar Rene Froger's version was in the top five in Holland for many weeks. Rene’s live version has also topped the charts in that country.
 

I'm fortunate to have had my compositions recorded by dozens of artists whom I admire, including Tommy Emmanuel, Julie Anthony, Allan Caswell, Jimmy Little, Frank Ifield, Demis Roussos, Patti Pravo, Doug Kershaw, Johnny Tillotson, Wayne Newton, Danny Doyle, The Robertson Brothers, Col Joye and the legendary Bon Scott.


In 1995 I had fun co-composing four songs for the Australian feature film, Billy's Holiday.

In 1997, I was inducted into the Walk Of Honour at Rocky Page’s Hall Of Fame, in Barmera, SA, and received an award for international recognition for Australian music from the Riverland Country Music Club.
  

In 2010 it was a great honour to receive the Bronze Troubadour Number One from Andrew and Heather Pattison and the Pattison Foundation.