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ACOUSTIC TERMINATORWhen the Acoustic Terminator takes the stage with guitar in hand the audience knows it's not going to be an ordinary solo-acoustic, folky show. The Acoustic Terminator, otherwise known as Ernie Douglas commands attention, when he brings his brand of "anti-folk" music to challenge unsuspecting audiences. His old school style of "aggressive acoustic" is the antithesis to the safe, self-indulgent, acoustic-folk meanderings. His spirited performances capture the accomplished guitarist's melodic fury and his cynical observations of the world and life itself, spiced up with his witticisms and demanding stage banter. Emie claims he's "not trying to change the world with my songs, just trying to tolerate it a little better."
In 1994, after developing his style in various bands, he decided to go it alone as a solo artist. Bypassing Detroit's pretentious and stuffy folk/coffeehouse scene he opted for the challenge of opening for hard-edged bands on the club circuit. After conquering crowds and gaining new fans he quickly moved up to headlining status. The Detroit music veteran has collected four local music awards. In 1995 he won two for "Outstanding Acoustic Performer" and "Best Acoustic Musician" followed by two more in '97 for "Best Acoustic Musician" and "Best Acoustic Recording" for his cassette debut "Table for One, Appetizer." The cassette is just a taste of songs to come as the full-length CD "Table for One, Smoking" is being prepared.
Ernie has been a featured performer at Lollapalooza's "Lab Stage" in Cleveland and two of Detroit's top festivals "Earthfest" and "Dally in the Alley." He has opened for national acts "Elvez-the Mexican Elvis" and Mike Peters of The Alarm. He has showcased at three consecutive "Undercurrents" music conferences and two "Cutting Edge Music Conferences." His work with the Detroit Musician's Alliance gained his tracks, "Souvenirs", a place on the award-winning compilation "Fine Assorted Jams" and "Pulse" on the "Motor CD."
His influences range from such legendary artists as Jimi Hendrix, Jack Bruce, Ian Anderson and Gentle Giant, to contemporaries such as XTC, Bjork and Stone Temple Pilots. He's been known to break into a cover of Tull's "Thick as a Brick" or his rendition of "Safety Dance" by 80's faves "Men Without Hats." But the sound is all his own, an acoustic guitar attack, with words of wisdom for the listener's ears and mind.