The musical collaboration of husband and wife singer-songwriters, Darwin and Dana Nelson known as “Double Dee” has taken them far from coastal Gulfport and their small town roots of Lucedale, Mississippi and carried them across the country where they have created a name for themselves at numerous songwriting festivals, house concerts, and top flight venues. Darwin and Dana have released seven albums since 2006, including their most recent “Adjust The Sails”, produced by their friend and legendary singer/songwriter/producer Keith Sykes from Memphis, Tenn. They have been touring in promotion of their new album since the spring. They are regular Margaritaville performers from New Orleans to Pensacola Beach as well as entertained audiences ages 2-92 at other venues from Texas to Florida.
They are founding members of the Mississippi Songwriters’ Festival and perform at numerous other festivals including the “Frank Brown International Songwriting Festival, the “Smoky Mountain Songwriters’ Festival” in Gatlinburg, “Juke Joint Festival” in Clarksdale, “Sixth String Festival” in New Orleans, and the “Cotton Picking Songwriter’s Series” in Monroeville, Alabama.
The acoustic duo has been described by others as Americana/Folk/Gulf Western/Country blending harmonic originals with a Mississippi accent. These two have opened up for such recording artists as Keith Sykes, Mac McAnally, Ronnie McDowell, Jeff Bates, and Darrell Worley among others. They have entertained for Parrotheads at pre and post Jimmy Buffett concerts, festivals and events from Pensacola Beach, and New Orleans to Galveston, Austin and Illinois.
Currently, the Nelsons (along with co-writers Taylor Craven and Mailboat Records recording artist Matt Hoggatt) have their song “Workaholic in Recovery” featured on Sirius XM Margaritaville Radio. It is the title cut on Matt’s album produced by Sykes also.
Darwin and Dana were finalists in the 2012 “thesongwriters.biz contest with their song “Justice Served”. They received an” honorable mention” in 2013 “American Songwriter’s Magazine” for their collaboration, “Doin’ For Daddy” with co-writer Taylor Craven. “Call It Gumbo”, the title cut off of their latest CD won the “Director’s Award” in the 2013 “Paramount.com Songwriting Contest”. Their song “Mississippi Sound” was recently selected to be on a Mississippi compilation album produced by “Silver Creek Records” out of Nashville. “Music City Roots Show ” featured two”Vietti Chili” jingles (Christmas & Valentine) written by the Nelsons, Hoggatt and Craven in December 2015 & Feb. 2016 in Franklin, Tn. Additionally, Darwin was a “Texas Troubadour” finalist in Oct., 2015.
Darwin and Dana are both retired Mississippi Public School teachers: Darwin: Dr. Ed./Social Studies/Coaching and Dana: Performing Arts. Additionally, Darwin and Dana have served as Master and Mistress of Ceremonies with Darwin having extensive experience emceeing and hosting public, private and civic events. The two are now traveling and performing full-time with their original sounds of “Double Dee”.