As a civilian, he worked as a factory worker, a piano salesman, a dog bather, a pastor, and a computer guy, but always felt the music calling him back. So, after relocating from Texas to Utah in 2014, he began writing original music.
“It’s easy to take the weird for granted, to think that everything you’ve done and experienced in your life is completely normal. Then one day, you start telling stories, and your psychologist says, ‘Man, I’m surprised you’re not more screwed up than you are!’ And that’s why I write – because I can’t be the only one feeling this way. And someone has to say it.”
In 2016, his song ‘Faces’ was selected by Operation Encore, an organization that brings together singer/songwriters from across the country who are part of the military and veteran communities. At his first solo gig, the owner linked his performance to another artist – another Doug Lane – and an offhand joke solidified his stage name. From that moment on, Doug began performing as The Real Doug Lane.
The title track, ‘Water From the Stone’ is about being broke and life never relenting on that fact. It’s life for many. It’s something that is all of us, to some degree. TRDL sings about it, with his other single off of his full album, available now.