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                    Lines       /linez/       a musical phrase or complete thought

                                     lin·e·age       /ˈlinēij/       lineal descent from an ancestor

Lines + Lineage

A staple of the Des Moines music scene across genres, Tommy Doggett has added his saxophone to folk, funk, jazz, and rock. With his new project, Lines + Lineage, Tommy steps up front as a bandleader and composer.  Lines + Lineage is an homage to his family. The song titles are family members born in the early 20th Century that made an impression on him as a child.  Blending grungy art-rock with funk and soul, Tommy has created instrumental music for the modern mainstream by blending jazz chops with explosive rock energy.  Melodic soloing and smart compositions encapsulate essential swing, deep grooves, and skillful melodies.  The first single, Uncle Bill, followed by the full album will be released in the spring of 2023. 

My partner, Lisa, said to me one day: “you’re always telling stories about your family, you should write songs about them.”  Such an innocent statement but it was all I needed to hear to begin composing.  I hope all of these Lines speak to you and reconnect you with your Lineage.  

Upcoming shows:

Sunday February 12 @ 1pm and 3pm

Botanical Blues at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Tommy playing
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Tommy telling stories
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Tommy dreaming
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Seth Hedquist
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Scot Sutherland
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Russ Tomlinson
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On Monday August 1, 2022, along with Seth Hedquist, guitar, Scot Sutherland, bass, and Russ Tomlinson, drums, I debuted Lines + Lineage at the weekly series: Monday Night Live hosted by xBk Live in Des Moines, Iowa.  You can watch the performance here or below in the Lines & Lineage Video Channel.  I deliberately made the decision to perform the songs in front of a live audience before recording them.  Songs take on a new shape once they get in front of an audience and I wanted to work the ideas out before capturing them in a recording.


On Thursday December 8, 2022, along with Seth Hedquist, guitar, Scot Sutherland, bass, and Russ Tomlinson, drums, I recorded Lines + Lineage at Golden Bear Studios in Des Moines, Iowa.  We recorded live in the studio.  The goal was to get two takes of each song and we left the studio with three takes of each song!  You can watch the VLOG: Going to the studio in the video collection below.

On Saturday December 31, 2022 and January 1, 2023, "Uncle Bill" was featured on a special edition of All Access on Iowa Public Radio Studio One featuring music performed at Monday Night Live.  "Uncle Bill" was used throughout the program and featured at the end.  You can listen below in the Lines & Lineage video channel.

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