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Tonight was date night, so yesterday I googled “Live folk music Quad Cities.”  We love listening to live music.  It is one of our favorite things to do together.  I love to sit in bar or a coffee shop with a mug of a strong-tasting brew (hot or cold) and just lose myself in music.  I can close my eyes, tap my fingers and be made new. Tonight we were not disappointed.  We found a place called Mojo’s, which is a sort of songwriter’s academy.  We found some comfy chairs, ordered two decaffs, and sat back and listened to some amazing music.  We were treated to the music and storytelling of Doug Rees.  We not only met a great artist, but we made a couple of friends.  It was a wonderful evening. I’m not a music critic, so I’m not going to try and describe Doug’s music.  Instead, I posted one of his songs.  It was a song that touched me.  It reminded me of the many towns that I call home.  It reminded me of the unifying spirit of people in community.  Many of his songs had this spirit flowing through them – the spirit of friendship, love and roots that run deep. I hope you take the time to listen to some of his music.  He played a few of his new songs, which will be released soon.  I’d love to hear “Nature Boy” again. Doug, if you read this, I want to say thank you.  Thank you for a wonderful night.  Thank you for your stories.  Thank you for your songs.  Thank you for making the trip up from Cape Girardeau to sing to a few folks in a coffee shop in Davenport.  It might not have been the bright lights of an arena, but I will remember your concert forever.  Above all, thank you for your sincerity and joy.  It was a pleasure to spend a little while with you.  My only regret is that we couldn’t stay longer.  I’m looking forward to the next CD, and eagerly anticipate your next trip to the Quad Cities” - Robb McCoy

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May, 2015 - "Doug put on a terrific show. It was a lot of fun and interactive. He's also a very thoughtful and wonderful songwriter and I really enjoyed the range of songs he performed. Doug is a great guy and I look forward to having him back!"(M. Hough)” - Matt Hough

— House concert review

There are nights when things go just right. Last night was one. We had the pleasure of hosting Doug E Rees. I highly recommend you spend some time with Doug and share his special gift with your friends. We had over 30 people in attendence and from age 81 to 3 everyone had a wonderful experience. Doug shared his life with us through song and story. He is an excellent artist who was very easy to work with from our first conversation to Sunday breakfast. He will be back by popular demand."(D. Rinehart)”

— House concert review

 "My H/C crowd has a new friend and his name is Doug! His sincerity and warmth were evident, as was his love for entertainment. Great songs backed up with great stories. His voice has surprising range. Guitar skills shone, especially on his beautiful resonator. House Concert guests were happy as evidenced by CD sales and the longer than usual after party! No problems with pre-show booking. As a house guest he was great! I think he and his wife left the house neater than when they arrived!"(A. Schaefer)”

— House concert review