Homeless becomes iTunes #1 star in Sweden
Nashville, Tennessee, the centre of country music in America, has produced another singing sensation — and he lives on the streets.
Street performer Doug Seegers, a 62-year old homeless man, may be a nobody in his native Nashville. But in Sweden, he just happens to be an iTunes chart-topper, festival opening act and media sensation. His original song ‘Going down to the river,’ has been called ‘beautiful,’ ‘the best since Johnny Cash’ and ‘bloody brilliant.’
Since appearing on SVT show “Jills Veranda” early this year, Swedish fans are clamouring for more live performances. Due to incessant demand, Seegers is packing his bags for a 60-day summer tour of Scandinavia, opening festivals for legends like Neil Young and Van Morrison.
Swedish producer Håkan Olsson, who has asked Seegers to record an album, said ‘There’s a lot of performing on TV shows and it’s very very rarely that it had that kind of impact that Doug had on the Swedish audience.
‘The first time he performed on the TV show and it was a complete knock out.’
Meanwhile, the American who has struck a chord with Sweden had this to say about his new found fame ‘The responses that I’ve got has been totally overwhelming to me. I just want to tell all the people of Sweden how much I am looking forward to coming out there and playing for y’all.’
Seegers’ tour will open in Stockholm on 9 June. He will be joining Swedish country singer Jill Johnson, who discovered Seegers on the street while recording her TV show.