Douglas Day plays and sings folk blues, gospel, old-time country, and many other genres, on 6- and 12-string acoustic, electric and resophonic guitars, in a style honed by years of fieldwork and music-making throughout the South.
As a folklorist, Dr. Day has worked with non-profit arts and cultural organizations throughout the South and the Mid-Atlantic. He has worked as a folklorist-in-residence, program director, grants officer, arts-in-education director, and contract folklife fieldworker in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Douglas was an associate director of the National Folk Festival 1993-1995 and the Southern Folk Festival 1996-1997, in Chattanooga, TN. He and his family returned to their native Virginia in 1997, and Douglas worked as a folklorist/consultant for the non-profit Southern Council for Folk Culture. Douglas was the executive director of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society in Virginia from 2002-2008. He is currently a workshop leader and oral history trainer for the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and works as an independant contract folklorist and oral historian. When he's not playing music. And sometimes when he is.
Hear a March 2013 interview with Douglas on WMRA-NPR's Shenandoah Valley-based talk showshow, "The Spark," with host Martha Woodroof.