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Doug Nissley

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American singer/songwriter in the UK. Performing regularly around the UK and offering a uniquie mix of Country, Americana and Classic Rock.
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Doug Nissley is an American singer/songwriter now living in West Yorkshire following a lifetime of nomadic living. Moving from town to town and even Country to Country his guitar and notebook has always been by his side. His journey has taken him through the halls of Rock, Southern Americana, and even through the mountains of Country music and moonshine. A bit of grit in his voice is right at home with the soulful heartfelt songs of experience and life.

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Doug's Reviews

From Encore customers:

James B
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Doug was exactly what we were looking for. His gravely voice and excellent guitar playing perfectly complement the Americana. We had him as our 4 act at our wedding, which started with people sitting down and listening, but then he managed to get people up and dancing which was just perfect. Not only is Doug an amazing musician but he is also a lovely guy. We would highly recommend him for any occasion!!

Matt B
2 years ago
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5 out of 5


Fiona S
4 years ago
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5 out of 5

Doug was a great performer, really easy to contact and friendly. He played well, turned up on time and did a great job entertaining the room. Would recommend him.

Virginia M
5 years ago
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5 out of 5

Doug was great - very sensitive to the spirit of the party and the audience and played a fantastic playlist of songs including a few very special songs for the birthday boy who couldn't have been happier.

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Rick W
5 years ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in 41 Call Ln
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5 out of 5

Doug is a regular performer at my venue, either solo or with his band, and we always have dates in the diary booked ahead. He puts a great spin on time honoured classic crowd pleasers and always builds a great rapport with the audience. His American upbringing lends authenticity to the material and he knows when to have his tongue in his cheek and when to play it straight. As if being a very talented and professional performer wasn’t enough, he is also one of the nicest blokes you’ll ever meet!

Emma D
5 years ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in Newton Hill Rd
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5 out of 5

We've had both Doug Nissley and his band Phil Dirt and the heavy machines play for us and can't rate them highly enough, always arrives in good time to get the lie of the land and set up. Plays a right good range of foot stomping crowd pleasers as well as some excellent self penned numbers. Guaranteed to get the crowd going with his mix of Americana Country Blues and Rock, gonna be back with us in the future I have no doubt

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From other musicians:

24 December 2016

Doug is a great songwriter and musician, and an accomplished performer who knows how to keep an audience entertained.

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Doug's Song list

East Bound and Down – Jerry Reed
White lightning – George Jones
Truck Stop Love (original)
Folsom Prison – Cash
Keep Your hands to yourself – Georgia Satellites
She Got the House (original)
Copperhead Road – Steve Earle
I got stripes - Cash
Johnny come lately – Steve Earle
I want you to know (original)
She talks to angels – the Black Crowes
Wild Flower (original)
Marie Marie – the Blasters
I think I’ll stay here and drink – Merle Haggard
I will take you there (original, mandolin)
Jolene – Dolly Parton
Dark night – the Blasters
Old man from the mountain – Merle Haggard
Move your machine (original)
Ring of fire - Cash
Working man Blues - George Jones
Stuck in the Middle - Stealers Wheels
Long haired country boy – Charlie Daniels
Cocaine Blues - Cash
Squeeze box – the Who
Rosie – AC/DC
Willin’ - Littlefeet
Long Black Veil
The River (original)
My Wife Thinks You're Dead – Jr Brown
Cheap Whisky Night (original)
The Levees (original)
Rocket Fuel (original)
Rum and Cider (original)
Rocky Racoon – the Beatles
Move Your Machine (original)
If I Had Wings - Dolly Parton
Wicked Game - Chris Isaak
Hillbilly Heroine (original)

Doug's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£320
Up to 3 hours£475
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

People seem to really enjoy my unique catalog of songs and my interaction with the audience, when appropriate. I like to have fun and bring something a bit different to any event where I perform.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I'll play anywhere that appreciates live music. This includes dive bars, pub and Clubhouses.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

There are too many to mention, I've always paid more attention to songs and how they sound than the performers singing them.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

I have a few stories along these lines. I once played a "Bluegrass" themed night in Surrey, with John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin in attendance. After my set he shook my hand and said he like my stuff. I didn't realize it was him until the promoter pointed him out later in the evening.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I will always do my best to facilitate and scheduling changes within reason.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

An iPod or other device can be played through my PA once set up and between sets.

How much time do you need to set up?

I'll need between 30 and 45 minutes to set up.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Suggestions are always welcome, I may choose not to do certain songs to maintain a professional level of performance.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I will provide all the needed sound equipment need to perform. All I need is power and reasonable light.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

I am willing to consider any song requests. I may rework the song to fit within the styles I normally play.
Country, Folk rock, Americana, Classic rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Rock, 1970s era music, Folk, Bluegrass, Rockabilly, Blues, Originals, Covers
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Audio engineer, Lyricist, Sound technician, Songwriter
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