Doug Walther - dougwalther@charter.net - 775-450-1137

BIO

In 1965, at age 10, I picked up my brother’s Harmony acoustic guitar during a camping trip to Ontario, Canada, and began strumming the two chords someone had shown me. When a new kid moved in down the street with an electric guitar and Silvertone amp, I was hooked.  My friends and I bought guitars at the House of Guitars, taught ourselves a few songs and started a band.  Back then every kid wanted to play guitar, so I started playing bass and joined high school bands that practiced, played out once or twice, and broke up.  Still, I had a great time in high school, playing guitar, bass and tenor sax in all sorts of bands and musical activities. It was my ticket to meeting and getting to hang with some pretty cool folks back then.  

    

In search of a non-musical career, I left for college in the early 70’s, sold my music gear, and bought a Guild D-50 acoustic guitar.  I played that D-50 with artists like Byrds, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Leo Kottke, and others (on my stereo).  After college I went to law school, began a nearly 30 year career as a state’s attorney, got married and helped raise three boys.

 

​While I was doing the family and career thing in the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s, I continued to play music every chance I got.  In the early 90’s I bought a computer, MIDI keyboard and cheap electric guitar and started composing and recording music. In the late 90’s, having played solo in my home for over two decades, I started gigging with local bands for about ten years, playing classic rock and blues.    

In late 2016 I set out to put together a solo acoustic act.  I planned to learn a bunch of songs and play at some of the vacation spots up at Lake Tahoe.  The year 2017 was going to be the first year I was officially retired and I wanted a project to work on.  Around the same time I reconnected with the friends with whom I first learned to play guitar back in junior high.  With the help of some friends, we planned a gig at Titus Tavern back in my hometown of Irondequoit, Rochester, New York.  I played twice with these guys, Doug and Dan, the weekend of July 27-29.  It was cathartic playing music with and for such old, dear close friends.  I had a wonderful time and it was the highlight of my year.

I’ve realized that music comes easy, not self promotion.  I also realize I need to have something more than a story.  So…. here I am doing a website.  This is my picture.  Here are the songs  I’m currently doing.  You can listen to some of my music here.  I play acoustic blues, classic acoustic rock and Americana with a few songs millennials might recognize.  I do several wedding-appropriate songs.  I have enough equipment to make decent recordings, and have some decent live sound gear collected through the years.  For my usual fee I would love to work on your project in these areas.  I love making music and meeting/jamming with other musicians.