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Doop and the Inside Outlaws

River Rouge, Michigan, United States

River Rouge, Michigan, United States
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"Mitch Phillips Review of Blood River"

Music Review: Blood River by Doop & The Inside Outlaws

Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2008 @ 03:25:00 MST by Mitch

Back in 2005, Don "Doop" Duprie and Ty Stone founded the first incarnation of The Inside Outlaws, 'a nationwide group of singer/songwriters dedicated to developing new talent through education and networking.' That network led to Stone's relationship with Kid Rock and eventually to led to his being signed to Top Dog /Atlantic Records in 2006.

Now Doop has released the result of his collaborations with Stone and the rest of the Inside Outlaws on their 2007 debut, "Blood River". The disc contains ten songs that vary from down-home country ballads to gritty Detroit rock & roll.

Click "read more" for Mitch's review, links and sound samples.

Blood River by Doop & The Inside Outlaws

Sounds Like:
Country-flavored Kid Rock & Uncle Kracker

Good Music For:
Beer-gazing on barstools

Best Moment:
"Let You Bleed"
Band: Doop & The Inside Outlaws
Release: "Blood River"
Year: 2007
Mixed & Mastered by: Jim Diamond @ Ghetto Recorders, Detroit, MI.
Musicians: Don "Doop" Duprie (lead vocals, guitar), Ty Stone (backing vocals on tracks 1 & 6), Bobby Emmet (organ, piano), Jason Lollio (bass), Dave Shettler (drums & bg vocals), Pete Ballard (pedel steel), Tom Bonner (guitar on track 9), Pat V (drums on track 9), Brett Lucas (lead guitar on tracks 4,6 & 9), Tim Monger (accordion on track 4), Eddie Baranek (guitar on track 5), Jim Diamond (additional bass & guitar), Heather Baker (bg vocals)

review by Mitch Phillips

Bowling For Bandheads

I spent the bulk of my music career as a bad mimic in a bowling-alley bar, most of whose patrons came from the trailer parks across the street and around the corner. They had annoying habits like drunkenly requesting the same song in every set, repeatedly playing the same song on the jukebox, and wandering on stage to blather into the microphone whenever it suited them.

Sad thing was, back then I thought I was hot shit, above mixing with that crowd of beer-swilling hell raisers. Once I matured a bit (which took longer than it should have) I realized the people I entertained for over a decade were really the salt of the earth; hard-working folk who found joy in simple things like beer, darts, pool tables and good, honest music - be it rock, country, or a mixture of both.

Those are precisely the people, I think, who will dig "Blood River" by Doop & The Inside Outlaws. This is working-class music that gets under your fingernails and stays there.

Blood River Boogie

Don "Doop" Duprie writes good, simple songs about love, loss, revenge and regret that will strike equally at the hearts of the sub-rural rednecks of my youth and urbas plant-rats of Doop's hometown of River Rouge, which he decries on the title track.

I hate the way this town makes me feel
pushes me around just like a wheel
Rollin' down a long and beat-up road
Hardens up your heart and steals your soul

All I wanna do is stand and deliver
Instead I'm drownin', I'm drownin' here in Blood River

(From "Blood River", Duprie/Stone, © Highland Music Publishing )

That sense of forsakenness dominates these mostly laid-back, acoustic-led, drink-a-beer-and-play-a-game-of-pool-while-you-reflect-on-your-life songs, half of which were co-written and vocally-backed by Inside Outlaw partner and Top Dog/Atlantic recording artist Ty Stone.

Not surprisingly, Doop's music falls somewhere in the neighborhood of rustbelt-rock & country progenitors Kid Rock and Uncle Kracker, established artists whose voices who aren't as distinctive as they are capable of reaching into the gut of work-a-day, mid-western music fans. In some places, Duprie may have reached even further with songs like "Let You Bleed", about a father trying to connect with his son during a crisis.

Take it from a friend
You can count on me
I can get you through the night
or I can let you be

I've been where you are
I know what you need
I can save your life
Or I can let you bleed
I could let you bleed

So maybe you should look around
Your whole damn world is burning down
And I'm the only one who's left here that (sic) believes
If it were anybody else they'd let you bleed

(From "Let You Bleed", Duprie/Stone, © Highland Music Publishing )

Like his predecessors, it's evident that Duprie is spending time in Nashville where he recently signed a deal with Highland Publishing. The song, "If I Were You, I'd Probably Hate Me Too" sounds as if it could have come off-the-rack from a demo house on Music Row, but it was actually produced, as was the entire record, by infamous Detroit garage-meister Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Dirtbombs, Gore Gore Girls) who also performs on the record.

While mid-tempo cuts like the opener, "Shoot You Down" and "Blood River" probably have the most crossover appeal for pop audiences, Doop's sincerity really shines on tracks like "Let You Bleed", "Tougher On You" and "Without You" and "Again", ballads that tell emotionally penetrating stories about regular people that can be delivered as effectively with an acoustic guitar as an entire band.

Now she grew up on the radio
And he grew up right down the road
She was the best thing that ever happened to him

In and outta' trouble for most his life
He packed a gun and he like to fight
Now he's in a battle that he just can't win
'Cause he left a man for dead on the bar room floor
And all she could say when the sheriff came through the door

How am I gonna make it without you?
I'm not going to make it without you
My whole life has been about you
I'm not going to make it without you
He looked at her and she cried, then they took him away

(From "Without You", Don Duprie, © Highland Music Publishing )

But it's not all ruminatin' and reflectin' here. The Inside Outlaws break up the bottle-gazing with some much-need reverie on a bar-rocker called "Who's To Say" and a boot-scootin' tribute to coed crime sprees called "Done 'em Right" (set right here in Michigan), providing at least two reasons to get off your barstool.

Karmic Justice

Personally I'm done with barstools and beer-gazing; now I take my comfort directly from the music. It's not that I have anything against the warm embrace of a good beer-buzz or the comraderie of my common folk, I just find bowling alleys and corner bars a little too depressing in my present circumstances.

You see, Mr. Hot-Shit Bandhead here who thought he was too good to mix with the hoi polloi back in the day is writing this review from the humbled anonymity of his single-wide trailer.

Funny thing, karma. Fucking hilarious.

- Mitch

Track By Track

1. Shoot You Down - An abrupt beginning leads to an act of betrayal and a hook that will snag your sub-conscious until you're singing it in your sleep.

2. Without You - Tear-jerking country ballad of full of bad endings. Keep your tissue handy.

3. Let You Bleed - Gem of a take on fatherly advice. Just beautiful.

4. If I Were You, I'd Probably Hate Me Too - the pedal steel work of Pete Ballard (Deadstring Brothers/The Sights) contrasted with a scorching leads of Brett Lucas (Thornetta Davis) give this country ballad the "Nashville Treatment" via Detroit.

5. Who's To Say - bar-rocker with a back-peddlin' chorus that might trip up the dancers, but only long enough to send them charging back into the verse or out on a bed of "hot licks" provided by Sights' guitarist Eddie Baranek.

6. Blood River - mid-tempo reminder that "you don't know if you don't live here" in the post-industrial apocalypse of River Rouge. Bruce Hornsby meets Bruce Springsteen. Great track.

7. Tougher On You - Ballad of regrets replete with pedal steel and cryin' at The Gold Star. Wyandotte is a real good place for cryin' these days.

8. Again - The serial-insanity of "Women Who Love Too Much" in ballad form.

9. Done 'em Right - Great grungy shuffle provided by Tom Bonner (Screamray) punctuated with the rockabilly rippings of Brett Lucas (Thornetta Davis) make for a Michigan-based crime spree that would make Carl Perkins proud. Co-written by Shawn Horvath.

10. No Way To Live - Melancholy nod to the smoke-filled rooms and broken dreams of a working musician. There seems to be at least one of these songs in every indie songwriter's catalog. - Michigan Artists

"Downriver and Downright Great Writting"

Downriver and downright great writting
author: Put Into Orbit
"'re just gonna love this CD. It's not so much a reflection of hard working blue collar music as it is, but a reflection of hard nosed, truth in writing. This is where Doop hit's the proverbial "nail on the head". This isn't rocket science, but Doop can hold his head high knowing that he has made himself look like one in writing one of the most complete CD's I have heard in this town for some time, clearly out mastering the would be and self chest beating artists out there. Now, this is in writing, lyrically speaking." michael raffin - Put Into Orbit

"Hot Damn!"

Detroit Rock Review

Hot Damn! Check out the Allstar line-up that Don "Doop" Duprie has gathered together for his debut album "Blood River"! A virtual who's who, Doop "had the pedal to the floor running down 75" picking up all his friends along the way! A product of Downriver, Doop and his friends might "have done a lot of things wrong, but they sure did this right!" Doop's fast paced trip finally came to an end at Ghetto Recorders in Detroit where they had hid from the law while recording Blood River with Detroit's renowned producer, Jim Diamond, who not only provided the mix and final mastering, but also contributed some guitar & bass work on the album. Most musicians would consider that to be enough, but Doop has a large van that enabled him to also pick up Eddie Baranek & Bobby Emmhet of The Sights, Dave Shettler of The Sights & SSM, Jason Lollio who's with Clear, Pete Ballard of Bulldogs, Tom Bonner & Pat V both from Screamray, and Pat V & the Detroit 3, Brett Lucas who's a multiple DMA winner, Tim Monger most recently of Great Lakes Myth Society, and of course Ty Stone lends his voice & even contributes with some co-writing! Is that not amazing? I'm not sure I could fit all these guys in my house let alone get them all into a studio to jam! The result is an impressive collection of easy listening "Country" tracks sprinkled with a little Rock & Roll that will have you singing along to every word! This Masterfully written 10 track effort takes you through life's more trying "down on your luck" times of heartache, drinking, fights, and even murder, Blood River kicks off with the soft rocker, "Shoot You Down", about a man who threatens the guy who took his wife as well as "his" life. And as in real life, every family experiences a loss of a loved one, in one way or another, Doop is no different here, as he tackles this head on with the cleverly written "Without You". Doop's passionate songwriting really shines throughout the album as he picks up the pace with the rocking self indulging anthem "Who's to Say" which features Eddie Baranek on guitar. Growing up in River Rouge, the Ty Stone co-penned "Blood River" strikes home as this tale of a once proud city, whose fortunes have dramatically changed in recent times, reflects the realism that's in all of Duprie's songs. "Done Em Right" brings out the gritty Detroit rock that Duprie is surrounded by, giving his own twist to the sound, while delivering an album that continuously tells a story that everyone can relate to. In true fashion, Dr2 and Crew have found "Blood River" to be a refreshing sound that will surely have all your friends asking where they can buy a copy for themselves. Have them head on over to CD Baby, where they can pick up "Blood River" by Doop & The Inside Outlaws, just click the album cover above! Be sure to catch Doop & The Inside Outlaws performing this Friday night (11/16/07) over at the Magic Bag in Ferndale or you can hop on over to our Dr2 Band Links and find Doop & The Inside Outlaws on the web, and of course they're in our "Top Friends" inside our myspace page that you can find right here: Dr2 On Myspace!

M. - Detroit Rock Review


Doop's debut record "Blood River" produced by Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Romantics) was released in Sept. 2007. It has been quickly gaining radio play all over Michigan and parts of Canada and Europe. On August 1st of 2009 Doop released his his much anticipated sophomore effort Everett Belcher also in collaboration with Jim Diamond.



Doop & the Inside Outlaws

Detroit has always been known for its thriving music scene and diverse musical artists. From the blue-collared heavy music of Bob Seger to the rap-rock of Kid Rock, the city has consistently produced music that has captured the hard-working-harder-playing essence of the “Motor City.”

Embodying this hard-working spirit is up-and-coming singer-songwriter Don “Doop” Duprie and the Inside Outlaws. Born and raised in the industrial enclave of River Rouge, MI, this son of an auto mechanic and an Avon lady learned early on that hard work and doing the right thing always provided for his family. A veteran firefighter, Doop now conveys that same work ethic and honesty in all aspects of his musical career as a full-time Detroit and Nashville singer/songwriter.

Seeking an outlet for his lifelong passion for music and songwriting, Doop founded the first edition of the Inside Outlaws in 2005 with longtime friend and co-writer Ty Stone. The Inside Outlaws are a nationwide group of singer-songwriters dedicated to developing new talent through education and networking and found tremendous success in 2006 by establishing a relationship between Kid Rock and Ty Stone which eventually led to Stone being signed to Top Dog/Atlantic Records. They also successfully stage-managed the subsequent nationwide arena tour on which Stone was asked to perform. The collective have performed at the Detroit Cityfest - a music, food and arts festival - for the past two years to enthusiastic crowds and this year headlined a full day showcasing their artists.

Doop currently divides his time between Nashville and Detroit and recently signed a publishing deal with Highland Publishing on Music Row and finished his debut album, “Blood River”, with legendary Detroit producer Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Mooney Suzuki). “Blood River” features ten songs that vary from down-home country rock and heartfelt Americana ballads to gritty Detroit rock 'n’ roll. Each song tells the story of living life in a place that was once a burgeoning city and dealing with life’s trials and tribulations and has found fans in listeners who appreciate good honest music that comes from straight from the soul.

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