Doug Reid, spent seven years as a featured performer on the Jim Stafford Show, in Branson, Missouri, before returning to his native Vermont.
Longtime Rambler Doug Reid is known around these parts as the King of the Double Stop style of fiddle. Or as Mike Gross, host of “Swingin’ West,” America’s longest-running Western Swing Radio and internet show (38 years) calls Doug, the “Fiddle Wizard.” Doug keeps the Ramblers swinging with his impeccable rhythm and his traditional Western swing-influenced style of fiddling. In addition to his live appearances with Ramblers for over a dozen years with the Ramblers, you can hear Doug swing out on six of our most recent Rambler recordings from “I Rode The T” all the way through to our upcoming 2023 release, “God Bless The Mighty Pickle.”
Doug jump-started his music career early with violin lessons at 14 while listening to jazz/swing master Stephane Grappelli. Doug says he’s excited to be at the stage in his career when he can devote himself to the finer points of this lyrical style. Classically trained, he spent many years as a touring side man in country & western bands out of Southern California, Austin, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia. He has opened for many major acts in country music. While living in Texas, he studied jazz and composition at North Texas State University and played with several of Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys, including Joe Holley and Johnny Gimble.
Doug spent seven years as a featured performer on the Jim Stafford Show, in Branson, Missouri, where he was alternately a comedy writer, arranger, Music Director, and head of Special Effects. Doug performed with the Paris Swing Orchestra of New York for four years at the annual Bastille Day Celebration on 60th Street. He returned home to Vermont in 1999 and currently resides in St. Johnsbury in the Northeast Kingdom.