Lucedale, MS (June 21, 2016) - Darwin and Dana Nelson, known as “Double Dee” throughout the Gulf Coast music scene, announce the release of their new CD entitled Adjust the Sails.The husband and wife duo celebrated with a well-attended CD release party at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs, MS on Thursday, June 16. Packed with authentic Americana, country-leaning sounds, and tinged with a tropical twist, the new CD is the first complete studio recording for the married singer songwriter team.

“The title, Adjust the Sails, is a metaphor for life – it’s not perfect,” says Darwin Nelson. “It’s about learning to adjust to things that happen in your life.”

The 12 song collection features original songs written by the Nelsons and co-writer, and friend, Taylor Craven. It was recorded at Man Cave Studio in Escatawpa, Ms., mixed at Hi/Lo Studio in Memphis, TN, mastered at Mayfield Mastering in Nashville and produced by renowned singer songwriter musician Keith Sykes, who is a former member of the Coral Reefer Band. The album is sure to please faithful Double Dee fans, but Sykes is sure it will attract fans of Troprock music too.

“There are a few songs in the CD that the parrot heads will like, especially “Staycation,” he said. Sykes also played guitar, banjo, some bass, percussion and harmonica on the CD.

“Staycation” is a tune inspired by years of performing in Orange Beach, Alabama and developing friends and fans among the Snowbirds who follow the sun to the Gulf of Mexico.

“Paddlin’ Across the Bayou” is a spicy number that expresses the love Darwin and Dana have developed for Louisiana, the Cajun Queen, doing gigs in New Orleans and traveling to nearby towns like Grand Isle, Thibodeaux and Venice.

“Burn” is a romantic winter’s night song that brings to mind a cozy fireplace and passionate love. The idea was being developed by the Nelsons, when co-writer Taylor Craven turned up the heat on this sizzling project with the first few lines.

 “Made Up My Mind” is a funny and spot-on tune about communication between husbands and wives. It’s plain to see the spouses had a great time writing it, and they perform it with just the right animation to reach couples who can identify.

“War Again Tonight” delves into the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that many war veterans deal with for years after the fighting is done. This is a personal song for Dana whose father served in Vietnam and was a quiet hero. She learned many years after he came home from war that Tech-Sgt. Robert Willis Norris was awarded the highest medal of bravery for saving lives.

“Who Says Love is Blind” speaks to the memories that are love’s powerful gift and even though couples may age physically, they see the boy or girl they first fell in love with when they look into each other’s eyes. This is another Craven-Nelson-Nelson collaboration.

“Fly Glory Fly” is the finger snappin’, toe tappin’, and hand clappin’ finale of the CD. It's the story of a young girl’s escape and redemption in the Appalachians during the 1920’s.  A true Americana tune that features the multi-talented Keith Sykes on the banjo.

Other songs on the CD include: “Genuine Leather” a song that profiles Darwin’s grandfather, but could apply to all of us; “Can’t Afford to Lose You” a harmony-driven ballad cleverly centered around financial and bank terms; “Justice Served” based on true events that led to the death of a local law enforcement officer; and “Reservations” a bold political statement about the need for reformation in Washington D.C.

The Nelsons are “adjusting their sails” to a new life as full time performers since they retired from teaching a year ago. Double Dee has made a name for itself in the Gulf Coast region, but they are branching out now that they can focus on their music full time. It's a passion that shows in their performances and recordings.

“Both have great voices on their own, but combined they have that fine sound of familial performers – it’s easy to hear that they’ve been performing together for a long time,” said fellow singer/songwriter James “Sunny Jim” White.  “And Dana and Darwin are good songwriters too – I think a lot of men can identify with Made Up My Mind.”

Darwin and Dana have released six albums since 2006, but Adjust the Sails is the first complete studio recording. When the CDs were delivered, the Nelsons celebrated the result of long hours and a lot of work.

“It was like Christmas!” says Darwin. “To actually hold a CD in my hand and unwrap it after more than 200 hours in the studio and a road trip to Memphis. It was a lot of fun, but also a lot of work. We took the time and got it right.”

Keith Sykes came on board through a connection with Matt Hoggatt, a Mailboat Records artist, friend and collaborator. The Nelsons, Taylor Craven and Hoggatt together wrote "Workaholic in Recovery," a song that received quite a bit of air play on Sirius XM Margaritaville Radio.

Founding members of the Mississippi Songwriters' Festival, Double Dee performs at other festivals including the "Frank Brown International Songwriting Festival, the "Smoky Mountain Songwriters' Festival" in Gatlinburg, "Juke Joint Festival" in Clarksdale, "Six String Festival" in New Orleans, “Mullet Festival” in Gautier, Ms., “Pine Hill Festival” in Wiggins, Ms. and the "Cotton Pickin’ Songwriter's Series" in Monroeville, Alabama.  They also perform at Margaritaville Café’s from New Orleans to Pensacola Beach, and they entertain audiences from ages 2-92 at other venues from Texas to Florida.

Dana and Darwin Nelson have been married and making music together for 33 years, inspired, they say, by their family’s love, work ethic, and passion for music. Their respect for each other as artists, shines through.

“Darwin is my Renaissance man,” says Dana. “He wears so many hats in our band even though I have probably literally worn more hats on stage.  Because of his abilities and his work ethic we have been able to set and reach so many of our goals on this musical journey that we are traveling together.” 

“Our harmony does catch people's ears when we're performing,” adds Darwin. “Our love for one another shines through in our songs, and I don't think we could do what we do and spend as much time together as we do, unless we were still madly in love after 34 plus years.”

To order a copy of Double Dee’s new CD Adjust the Sails or for bookings, visit, e-mail or call 601.766.5300. The CD is also available for download on iTunes and CD Baby. Connect socially with us on twitter @double_deemusic and on Facebook at

​   The 2016 "Double Dee" ship has set sail and right off the bat, we need all hands on deck. Check out our full schedule at But immediately, we'll be at "The Listening Room" on St. Francis St. in Mobile, Al. this Sunday night. It's a really cool, new venue that's owned/operated by Jim Pennington. And, its just what it says it is... Anyway, we'll have our good friend Jef Funk sitting in on harmonica, so it so it should be a lot of fun. And, our good friend Ronnie Davis will be sitting in on percussion.
     So, lots of cool dates for us this year. Start it off with a short trip to the "port city" this weekend.

Not Much Grass Grows In West Texas, But...

...It does in South Mississippi. So, when we returned from our "near west" run, we had plenty of lush, green grass in our yard waiting to be cut. Otherwise, we might have just stayed out there a while. Anyway, it's good to be back home, but wow!!! West Texas and Oklahoma - beautiful country!!! We headed west thru Houston on May 30th. and arrived in Austin late that night to hook up with our good buddy Matt Hoggatt. On Saturday, we all played for the Central Texas Parrothead Club (and others) next door to the 360 Ampitheatre in Del Valle where we caught Jimmy's third stop on the "This One's for You Tour" that night. Great time, great atmosphere! And Denny's later on wasn't that bad either. On Sunday, Matt headed south to play for the good folks in Galveston and we headed west. Next stop - Luchenback, Tx. Awesome! Talk about atmosphere... Caught a great round by Walt Wilkins, Michael Hearne & Kevin Welch. Got an authenic Luchenback cowboy hat & T-shirt. Waylon & Willie and the boys (& Taylor Craven) would be proud. Next day-Abilene, then Amarillo by evening... Along the way, we caught the Palo Duro Natl. Park. We were looking to see Tommy Lee Jones around the next corner. Didn't see him, but we did see bison. Cool! Then we headed across Oklahoma, the corner of Arkansas & down thru my family's hometown-Haynesville, La. Oh yeah, "we went to Paris" (Texas that is). Spent the night in West Monroe then headed back to Lucedale. If you're in the OBA area tonight, we'll be at Baumhower's At The Wharf. Come on out, we'd love to see y'all. If not, no problem, we'll be busy the entire month of June & July and we'll be hooking up with our co-writer, friend and bandmate Taylor Craven on several occasions in the form of "DELTA COAST". See y'all out. Double Dee PS-Don't feed wild bison!!!

Double Dee's Margaritaville

Tri State Run

  •    The Americana acoustic duo will be appearing at Biloxi, Margaritaville June 2nd, 9th, 16th  and 30th.  Storyville Tavern in New Orleans, Margaritaville welcomes the Mississippi singer songwriters Tuesday, June 11th at 3:00 and Wednesday, June 19th at 6:30. Returning to "The Landing" on Pensacola Beach's Margaritaville Friday Double Dee will be appearing in concert 7:00-10:00. p.m.

Summer Road Trip

Double Dee's Destinations

   School's out..the guitars and suitcases are packed...and the GPS is sittin' on ready to guide Darwin and Dana down Mid-America's backroads through the months of June, July and August.  Starting the first week of June Nashville will be the first stop for some anticipated "R and R" while visiting fellow singer songwriters during CMA week in "Music City".

Double Dee, 2013 

Fins Up This Year for Double Dee

Matt Hoggatt and the Double Dee Connection received a mighty warm welcome from the Jimmy Buffett lovin' Parrot Heads at the Landing on Pensacola Beach Feb. 4th and 5th. Fellow Mississippi Songwriter Johnny Mire by way of Nashville joined the trio on stage for the pre and post concert parties for the beginning of Jimmy Buffett's 2013 Tour. Matt Hoggatt held his first cd release party with Mailboat Records for his "Hotter Than Fish Grease" album at the "Landing" on Feb. 4th.  

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"All Hands On Deck"

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"Double Dee’s 2016 Texas Tales"

            Our long awaited Double Dee Texas Spring Tour started on a moonlit night in Orange Beach, Alabama.  After the OBA gig the gear was loaded and packed down with the anticipation of the road trip ahead.  We spent the night in Baton Rouge and hit the highway headed west the next morning.  Kemah was first on our itinerary, with the famed “T-Bone Tom’s”, our venue to play Wednesday evening. 

            Donnie Brewer, Jon-Boy Burns and “Dammit Earl” were about to record their podcast as we opened the front door of our host’s home on Clear Lake Shores.  Darwin and I were invited to sit in on the recording …and it was an eye-opener into the world of trop-rock recording and living on the road in a motor home.

            “T-bone Tom’s” located in sight of the well- known “Kemah’s Boardwalk was a festival of fun and a diverse crowd, including three tables celebrating birthday parties with a large number of family members and friends sitting at long sprawling tables.  In fact, one of our birthday boys, who turned “50”, played percussion with us and in the end, his “70” year “young” mother joined us on stage as well.  The managers, servers, waiters, and bartenders were the icing on the cake.  Thanks guys for taking such good care of us.

            Our next venue was in Willis, Texas and when we sought the GPS Thursday morning it directed us right through Houston’s super highways. “Everything’s bigger in Texas” is no exaggeration I thought as our “Escape” whirled past oil refineries, airports and glances of downtown Houston skyscrapers in the distance.

            “Hula Hans Lakeside Restaurant and Bar” sat on top of a hill overlooking gorgeous Lake Conroe.  I was enchanted by its beauty as we were able to set up our show on the top deck at noon.  We began playing with a  “Cinco De Mayo” flair before the sun went down and each hour that passed the lake’s spell seemed to fall upon all of us.  The owners, managers and younger staff made us feel welcomed from our introduction inside their friendly establishment to the send-off after offering assistance to us at the end of the night. 

            It was back to Kemah for our third day event, and after setting up early at “Roger’s Bar and Grill” in League City, Darwin I settled back in at “Dammit Earl” and Christine’s place while eagerly anticipating our reunion with the Galveston Bay Parrot Head gang.  Mark Guinn, one of our Texas compadres and videographer, gave us a hearty greeting and it set the stage for the entire evening of Southern breezes, carefree conversation and Double Dee harmonies.

            Our fourth day in Texas led us from our farewell in Kemah to Port Neches’ legendary Port Neches Wheel House on the banks of the Neches River.  This Texas restaurant spread serving hundreds of people on the Saturday before Mother’s Day was impressive from the first.  Darwin and I played to a lively crowd from sundown until late into the evening.  Freighters floated down the river as families gathered together to celebrate their matriarchs.  Children and adults alike danced to our tunes and the owners, managers and staff were top notch.  What an absolutely fabulous location to end our tour.  The best part, however, was being invited to return.

            I guess it is time to wrap up this tale with the certainty that after our successful run last week it won’t be long before we will be giving  a Mississippi “Howdy” to our fine amigos in Texas.

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