Doug Hart hails from Dayton, OH. He developed an appreciation and an ear for music at an early age, playing trumpet in the school band while in fourth grade and continuing through high school.
As a teenager, Doug’s family moved to Georgia, His appreciation of music expanded into the guitar-driven music of the 80’s such as Van Halen, AC/DC and Guns N Roses. So enamored with this, he bought a Sears and Roebuck guitar and a tiny amplifier from a friend and taught himself how to play.
Soon after High School, Doug formed his first band with his friend, Alex Lillie. They hosted parties and jammed for friends. Alex introduced him to Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Rush. It was during that time that Doug realized that he wanted to pursue music as an occupation. He and Alex remain friends to this day.
In 1990, back in Ohio, a co-worker introduced Doug to her fiancé, Jeb Buchanan. Jeb played harmonica and loved to sit in with many of the blues based bands around the Dayton area. He introduced Doug to the blues of Charlie Musselwhite, Little Walter, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and then…Stevie Ray Vaughan. Doug was so taken with Vaughan that he immersed himself into that music and all of Vaughan’s influences, including B.B. King, Albert Collins, Lonnie Mack and Albert King.
Throughout the early 1990’s Doug would frequent the Monday night blues jams at the Nite Owl, a local Dayton music venue. Here he was introduced to local players such as Piney Brown, bassist Snapper Mitchum, Guitarists Tim Arnold and Gary “Guitar” Williams. He also met and played with Marshall “Rock” Jones and Ralph “Pee Wee” Middlebrooks from the legendary Ohio Players. These gentlemen taught Doug valuable lessons he continues to implement today. During this period Doug also played in various blue/classic rock cover bands throughout southwest Ohio.
In 1998 Doug made the decision to front his own band and DHB was born. Twenty-five years later DHB has grown into a staple of the southwest Ohio blues scene, and have earned the right to complete in The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN four times. These experiences allowed Doug to extend his musician network and provided him opportunities to play famous venues including Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Blues Bar (Louisville, KY); Buddy Guy’s Legends (Chicago, IL); and B.B. King’s, Alfred's, The Rum Boogie Cafe and Club 152 in Memphis, TN. He has shared the stage or played the same festivals with Albert Cummings, Mike Zito, Noah Wotherspoon, Ana Popovich and Lonnie Baker Brooks, among countless others.
Doug released his debut album “Reckless Life” in 2005. He calls it a “Blues/Rock journey for the soul”. The long awaited follow up is in the works.
The Doug Hart Band’s current lineup is:
Doug Hart – Vocals/Guitar
Rob Thaxton – Bass Guitar/Vocals (Noah Wotherspoon Band, Tas Cru, Romeo Champaigne)
Craig Comer – Drums ( Robin Lacy & DeZydeco)
“A true Blues/Rock power trio!! Controlled compositions, yet free form that can become an extended jam at any moment. Doug’s soulful voice and tantalizing guitar riffs; Rob’s virtuoso bass playing and Craig’s steady beats will have you movin’ in you seat or dancin’ all over the floor!!”