Doug is a west Texas fiddler, songwriter, entertainer, and chainsaw artist. Based in Austin, Doug tours the state of Texas with his current band The Flying Armadillos.
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Originally from the mountains of west Texas, Doug Moreland settled down in Austin at the turn of the millennium as a fiddler, songwriter, and woodcarver!
In January 2012, the multi-dimensional Country Music entertainer released The Flying Armadillos, the eighth of his fully independent albums. Named after his band, the album captured newborn songs with a traditional styling of fiddle, guitar, upright bass, and minimal drums. True to form, Doug’s original songs gathered influence from the western swing of Bob Wills and the easy-going style of Jimmy Buffett, mixed with humor the likes of Roger Miller.
Being the eldest son of a colorful wainwright, blacksmith, and fiddle-playing ranch hand, Doug eagerly left his nest in Fort Davis TX in pursuit of a musical degree, setting the stage for a short stint as a fiddler and funny sideman for dinner theater entertainment in Ruidoso NM. He then set out to tour the country with various acts, living in Phoenix AZ, Dallas TX, and Nashville TN, eventually settling back in Texas to write his own songs and front his own band. He found it much easier to keep up with only his singing sidekick Holly (or Holly-peno, a black and white McNab dog) than a band, doing a solo, comical music performance. Not garnering much respect for his songwriting abilities, Doug based himself in Austin TX and got that full band put together, gradually developing it into a unique, western, swing band with his wit and charm playing along with the instrumentation of fiddle, upright bass fiddle, and jazz guitar.
And if not enough, Doug presents another rewarding outlet for his creativity: chainsaw carving! He picked up the saw 14 years ago, and advanced rather quickly from the start. He sold his first piece the moment he finished carving it! He is self-taught, with a keen grasp of proportion and a remarkable knack for caricature. Plus, he discovered a means to create income to spur his musical career. And like his music, Doug has customized his art to his own unique fashion.
Doug has received a Will Rogers Cowboy Award for Western Music Male Performer of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists. He also received an Entertainer of the Year award from the Texas Music Awards.
Doug’s tour has extended from the state of Texas, western across the country and even to Europe. The band has performed with well-established acts such as Willie Nelson, Asleep At The Wheel, Robert Earl Keen, Canadian Country Music star Corb Lund, and folk-rocker Ryan Bingham.
Doug appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2003 with his former companion Holly-peño (a black/white McNab dog). They appeared together on Animal Planet's Pet Star, as well as Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Doug has also made guest appearances in a handful of films, most notably the 2012 Richard Linklater film Bernie along with Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine.
Performance Options & Requirements
Doug and the band deliver an upbeat, family-friendly show for 45 minutes to 2 hours (preferably). Doug also produces an amusing, personable set with just his acoustic guitar and fiddle, his upright bassist Randy Roberts, and swing guitarist Rob Harding (and 3-part harmonies!). Available for:
Dancehalls & Honky-Tonks
Private Parties, Corporate Events, Weddings, & House Parties
Campfire / Intimate settings (acoustic solo or trio)
Chainsaw Carving Options & Requirements
In 1998, Doug discovered a means to create income to spur his musical career. Chainsaw carving came naturally to the jack-of-all-trades, and he added wood carving demonstration to his talent card. Available for:
- Fairs and Festivals
- Custom carving at your home or place of business
Cattlelacs Gallery in Manchaca Texas, presents an iconic gathering of eclectic talent and interests, from wood carvings to music, to outlandish vehicles!
The Cattlelacs name came from the orchestrator of the project, Doug Moreland, and his 2001 exploit that transformed a ’72 Cadillac into a Texas land yacht, complete with cattle horns on the hood. As next item on his list, the Gallery became necessary for Doug’s main pursuits, as he needed an office to organize his light-hearted, western, traveling band, and a showroom to sell his wood carvings that supported his musical habit. So in 2003, Cattlelacs Gallery rose up on the corner of a former cotton field in the forgotten town of Manchaca, just south of the Austin city limits. The structures themselves were constructed of reclaimed materials, products of quality from a different era, put to good use and built by Doug Moreland himself (a descendent of original settlers to the area.)
Other artist and musician friends joined in the works, and by 2010 Cattlelacs had attracted a full-time, wood-worker by the name of R.L. Blair. Known far and wide for his 40-year expertise in the business (and contract work done for world-wide Disney© theme parks), R.L. brought a dynamic to Cattlelacs that enhanced Doug’s ideas for this south Austin attraction.
The “Cattlelac” car was featured in a photo in October 2004’s Texas Highways Magazine, as well as E.Joe Deering’s collection Lovin’ That Lone Star Flag (2005 museum display, and 2009 coffee-table book).