Raised in Chicago Illinois by Claudia and Eddie Lee Watson, Douglas Watson was born to sing the Blues. At an early age, he learned to love music and performing from his father (otherwise known as Lovie Lee) who, throughout his career as a musician played with Howlin Wolf, Johnny Lee Hooker, B.B. King, and toured for several years with the Muddy Waters band. Douglas began first playing drums at the age of five. He later studied other instruments such as piano, guitar, harmonica, and bass. Through years of practice and performing, Douglas has become one of the country’s leading bass guitarists. His first love was the Church where he learned to cherish the soulful sounds of Gospel music. He later branched out into the world of Rhythm and Blues encouraged and inspired by his father Lovie Lee and step-brother Carry Bell.
Douglas has been noted for his “full throated vocal style…(that) is matched by few” His sweet harmonies make it a pleasure for all that sing with Douglas. His full range and style have brought him much acclaim from some of the most respected blues vocalists in the industry. It has recently been written about Douglas that “He is one of the finest blues vocalists and frontmen on the Canadian Scene.” James Brown, Godfather of Soul even acknowledged to Douglas; I heard you out there… You’re Good, real good.
Douglas has played with many well known artists such as Koko Taylor, Albert Collins, B.B. King, Johnny Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lonnie Brooks, Bonnie Raite, and has toured with A.C. Reed and the Sparkplugs for nine years. Most recently Douglas opened for James Brown in Kitchener, Ontario receiving great reviews from the Godfather of Soul himself. His talents have taken him across Europe, Japan, Canada, and the United States.
After leaving A.C. Reed and the Sparkplugs Douglas decided to go out on his own in hopes of advancing his career. He moved to Canada in 1990, settling in London, Ontario, and establishing his own band Douglas Watson and The Hot Flames. Through their hard work and dedication, they have rekindled the spirit of Rhythm and Blues in the city of London. In the summer of 1997, Douglas was invited to join Jordan Patterson and the D.C. Hurricane. The group ventured out on tour to the west coast of Canada. There they received tremendous acclaim and recognition for their high-energy, crowd-pleasing performance.
1999 found Douglas extremely busy performing with his own band The Hot Flames across South Western Ontario and Quebec from the Halton Blues Fest to Mont Tremblant.
Douglas joined the McAuleys in Windsor for an outside New Years’ Eve Party to remember ringing in the new Millennium with funk, rythm, and soul!
Douglas has begun the new Millennium with a blast! His busy schedule keeps the fire in the Hot Flames burning wildly and along with guitarist extraordinaire Shawn Kellerman, you can be sure they will be shakin’ up the house!