Doug Paisley was born, and is based, in Toronto, Canada. He was particularly attracted to bluegrass and old-time country music, which he played for a decade with partner Chuck Erlichman. The two performed together as Russian Literature and as the tribute act Stanley Brothers: A Loving Tribute, and, along with Matt Barber and Paul Matthew, as Live Country Music. In October 2006, Paisley joined visual artist Shary Boyle, who did artwork and projections, in a tour of California under the name Dark Hand & Lamplight. Paisley's recordings include Jack of the Woods and Miscellaneous & Unreleased. His self-titled album was released by No Quarter on September 9, 2008, and was followed in 2010 by Constant Companion. After releasing an EP called Golden Embers in 2012, Paisley returned with his third full-length album Strong Feelings in early 2014.
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