Doug Stone Biography

Douglas Jackson Brooks 19 June 1956, Newnan, Georgia, USA. Stone, the product of a broken home, was encouraged to become a musician by his mother, although he lived with his father following the break up. She taught him to play guitar and had put him onstage by the age of 7, supporting Loretta Lynn. Stone, in addition to possessing a rich country voice, plays guitar, keyboards, fiddle and drums. He worked as part of a trio around Georgia for several years without finding commercial success, but his determination to become a success never faltered. Even when he was forced to take a job as a mechanic with his father he would still spend every evening either playing or making demos in his home-made recording studio. He then auditioned for the top producer Bob Montgomery after being recommended by Phyllis Bennett in 1988, who immediately signed him to Epic Records. There was much angst in Stone’s work at this time and in 1990, he had his first US country hit with the self-pitying ‘I’d Be Better Off In A Pine Box’.

Like many other ‘new country’ singers, he was a throwback to the honky tonk tradition of George Jones and Merle Haggard and in particular Gene Watson. His other major successes have included ‘In A Different Light’, another angst-ridden lyric ‘I Thought It Was You’, ‘A Jukebox With A Country Song’, ‘Come In Out Of The Pain’, ‘Too Busy Being In Love’, ‘Why Didn’t I Think Of That’, ‘I Never Knew Love’ and one of the slickest country songs of recent years, ‘Warning Labels’. From The Heart was an unfortunate choice of title as shortly before its release in 1992, his career suffered a major setback when he had quadruple heart bypass surgery, but he recovered while the hits kept being released (such was the quality of his stockpile of strong album tracks). More Love featured songs from the movie Gordy, while Faith In Me, Faith In You contained the prophetic ‘You Won’t’ Outlive Me’. Further disaster came in December 1995 when he suffered another heart attack. He says, ‘I wasn’t scared. I figured if I’m going to die now, there’s nothing I can do about it.’ He returned to touring again in early 1996 and signed a new contract with Atlantic Records. His new album finally appeared in 1999. In 2005 he was sent to prison for six months regarding alimony and child support payments.


Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.


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