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“…The music was the best part of that year in Tennessee
We sang that country honky-tonk in three part harmony
We had a local following that came to hear us play
But I was slowly starving and I had to get away…
…I left it all behind to try to get it all together
And some day I’m gonna bring it all back home…”    
  from “Leave Of Absence”


Back in the winter of ’74, a young man named Doug, fresh out of college, moved to Nashville, Tennessee to try to ‘make it’ in the country music business. He didn’t have much of a plan, just wanted to see what would happen. Going through a variety of ‘day jobs’, he wrote songs, performed at writer’s nights, jammed with friends and acquaintances, and soaked up the atmosphere of Music City.
He eventually met a guy named Gary. They formed a band called Dusty Roses and for “that year in Tennessee” they played at various small bars around town, but mostly at The Villager Tavern in Hillsboro Village just south of Music Row. Although popular with the local crowd, they weren’t making much money and the lifestyle was taking a toll on him. With sadness and disappointment he finally “left it all behind” in 1977 and moved to Tallahassee, Florida.
Over the decades, he has continued to write songs and eventually started playing again at the local bars and restaurants. So now, with the release of ‘Leave Of Absence’, his debut CD of all original ballads, love songs, and instrumentals, Doug Jernigan finally “brings it all back home”.  

   Fun Facts

I think Gatorbone Studios should be renamed Gatorbone Studios Bed and Breakfast. Recording there was a wonderful experience. The setting on Lake Gatorbone is tranquil and beautiful. Lon and Lis’ hospitality is second to none. They really made me feel comfortable and took away a lot of the stress that is common to the process. The home cooked meals were delicious. That being said, Lon’s skill at engineering, Lon and Lis’ excellent production and arranging skills, their musicianship plus that of the amazing Gabe Valla make this a great place to record.

On a cold and windy afternoon in December 2010, Lisa, Nicole and I went to the beautiful farmhouse and property of our friends Dennis and Erice in Coon Bottom, Florida to take the photos that you see on this website and the CD cover. When you get the CD, there are a couple of surprise photos under the CD. Those photo credits go to Nicole Myrhe, Doug Jernigan, and Julie (Lanning) Stokes. 

People who have the CD have been asking about the significance of the building pictured on it. If you look closely at the window you will see 'The Villager Tavern' on it. This is the place mentioned in the song 'Crazy Charlie'. Our band Dusty Roses played there every Saturday night for awhile back in the '70's. It's located in Hillsboro Village, a neighborhood in Nashville just south of Vanderbilt University near Music Row.

   Song Facts

   Crazy Charlie (written in the late ‘70’s)

This is a true story. Charles would come to The Villager Tavern to hear our band, Dusty Roses, play every weekend. It was obvious that he had learning disabilities. People enjoyed having him around. He was quite gregarious would actually memorize the latest graffiti that was posted in the restrooms and quote it to all who would listen. His antics would occasionally cause us in the band to laugh so much that we would have to stop playing for a few moments to regain our composure. Unfortunately, some people would egg him on until he finally realized they were making fun of him. Often by the end of the evening, he was sitting alone in the corner with tears in his eyes. Deep down inside, he really wanted to be ‘normal’.

   Dance Again (written in 2010)

About a year ago, I had a strange dream. I walked into a cavernous space that had a large pool of dark, still water in it. Suddenly, a large figure the shape of a human head rose out of the pool and asked, “What is your wish?” The first thing that came to my mind was, “I’d like for Lisa’s parents to be able to dance together again.” Some music from the ‘40’s started playing and Lisa’s parents came into the room. Both of them dropped the canes they were using and embraced each other. With difficulty, they began to dance. As the music played, their backs began to straighten, their stumbling ceased, and the years began to melt away. Soon, they were a young couple moving gracefully around the room… Inspired by that vision, I wrote this song.

   Right About Now (written in 2009)

This got started from just playing around with words and phrases that say the same thing but mean something different

   Emily’s Waltz (written in 2003)

My first instrumental. It started with the mandolin and grew from there. Named for my youngest daughter, a beautiful free-spirited woman.

   Don’t Knock It (written in the ‘90’s)

It’s all about getting good advice from my Momma!

   Leave Of Absence (written in the early ‘80’s)

Written in response to the question posed by myself and others, “Why did you leave Nashville and move to Tallahassee?”

   Once Upon A Time (written in the ‘80’s)

Relationships that start off happy and wonderful sometimes and somehow slowly slip into the sad and mundane.

   James Lee (written in the late ‘70’s)

This is a true story based on my memory of the day they brought James home from the hospital, then growing up together and slowly drifting apart.

   PDB (written in 2009)

A lively instrumental written for Porter Douglas Babcock, my lively and wonderful grandson.

   Tell Me That You Love Me (written in 2010)

Last summer, Lisa was out of the country for a week. While she was gone, I thought about her a lot and wrote this for her. She is truly the love of my life.




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