Doug Hood is the retro-soul alias of Seattle singer/songwriter Sam Russell (of roots-rockers Sam Russell & The Harborrats). In his Doug Hood persona, Sam performs throwback-soul in the manner of 60’s R&B/soul greats Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Etta James, Curtis Mayfield & Solomon Burke as well as modern-revivalists The Dap-Kings, Fitz & The Tantrums and St. Paul & The Broken Bones.
Utilizing musicians from both the soul and Americana scenes in Seattle, Sam began performing out in 2010 with a 7-piece soul band as Doug Hood & The Wholly Heathens as an excuse to perform covers of beloved soul obscurities. He then began incorporating new originals and reworked versions of older material in addition to unusual covers (a soul tradition) from pop, indie & classic-rock sources, in the process developing a new repertoire of songs about heartbreak and the loss of faith.
In the spring of 2020, Doug Hood will release his first EP “The Wholly Heathen” that captures the power and intensity of the live shows Sam has performed over the years both as Doug Hood and as under his given name. Live shows will continue throughout the Pacific Northwest before being taken on the road and across these great United States in fall 2019.
"more a garage-soul band more than anything, but they work in lots of other stuff. (Doug) has loads of stage presence and a strong voice"
Don Slack, KEXP 90.3, Seattle
"Let your faith –the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of that music which has yet to be heard– guide you. For Sam Russell is the light."
Sean Jewell, American Standard Time
"Russell is a real rarity in any music scene: a genuine, captivating performer who’s part preacher, part timeless rock and roller who always seems to generate genuine electricity on stage....He’s a refreshing original in this town who’s, somehow, already a star – the rest of us just haven’t figured it out yet."
Jon Rooney, Nada Mucho
"It's easy to be icked out by the term "blue-eyed soul"….But in the case of Sam Russell's Harborrats, whose past EP's have run the rootsy gamut between the Killer and the Boss, the term is apt."
Ma'chell Duma, Seattle Weekly
"the doo-wopping local boys in Sam Russell & the Harborrats defy rockabilly cliché and show promise with their unaffected take on blue-eyed soul and rock..."
Hannah Levin, The Stranger