Doug Balmain was born and raised in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in Northern California. Balmain was very musically active in his youth; him and his navy blue Stratocaster frequented a small bar and grill that hosted blues a jam night, performed at the county fair, and in the 8th grade Balmain formed a rock band called “Endeavor” that specialized in Led Zeppelin and ACDC cover tunes, the band even landed the headliner slot at the big eighth grade talent show. After the 8th grade Balmain drifted away from his music and after high school made the decision to move to Wyoming to pursue the lifestyle of the iconic American cowboy. It was during the couple of years that spent working on ranches that he discovered his love for songwriting and singing, and rediscovered his passion for playing guitar.
The now Wyoming-based, Americana singer/songwriter embraces many styles of roots music which come together to create a style and sound that fuses alt-country, rock, and blues. Balmain describes his work by saying, “The music I write is grounded in real life and personal experience which gives it a very honest and relatable quality. My main focus is creating music that serves each individual song as its own, unique entity and helps to tell its story in the most effective way possible. That is the heart of Americana music. Regardless of the genre you take up, Americana music is about story-telling; it's music that speaks of life, love, struggles, triumphs...life the way it is. Miles Davis boiled all that down by simply stating, ‘Good music is good no matter what kind of music it is.’”
Doug Balmain’s debut album "Troubled Mind" was released in April of 2013. Since its release he has formed a new band and plans to tour both nationally and internationally behind the album.