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Doug Bales

Doug Bales has been a drummer, he reckons, for about 35 years. For much of that time, he’s been playing behind his mates in Uncle Lightnin’. Friends since childhood, the band made music together in the early 1990s. About seven years ago he began playing with Travis Kilgore and Mark “Porkchop” Holder in the trio MPH. But most recently he’s played a couple of gigs with a band of his own called Doug Bales and The Upstarts. He’s written a bunch of songs ( several of which date back to the days when he was with Uncle Lightnin’) and recently released an EP. The lead song on the Ep is a tribute to Joe Strummer. He played that song and a number of the other new songs in the studio in the library with Uncle Lightnin’ playing behind him. At some point, he figures to put his own band together and take them on the road. In the meantime for this session he’s back with the band he calls his “family.”