TWO TONE having fun in Alexandria, MN
Doug Millaway and Wayne Hamilton met for the first time in 2013 when they were selected to “partner up” for a one-song co-writing exercise as members of the Minnesota Association of Songwriters. They had so much fun they wrote two songs for the exercise and haven’t quit since. They are at their best when performing live together as TWO TONE. When that happens, the two of them are enjoying themselves, and their audiences are invariably pulled into the joy. Their collective, vintage style comes from having “been around the barn” for awhile.
Doug and Wayne have been recording and releasing new music individually for decades, and recognition of their combined talents continues. For example, the Minnesota Association of Songwriters has given their songs consistently positive reviews, they were two-time finalists in the Songwriters of Wisconsin’s 2014 songwriting contest, and they won a Cultural Star Award in January of 2017 from the City of St. Paul (MN) and the Minnesota Music Coalition.
Photo: Doug Jenkins
Doug is fascinated with all things instrumental, especially stringed instruments, and he plays/writes for many of them, as well as other instruments.
Wayne loves exploring the idiosyncrasies, large and small, of the songwriting craft and applying them to his vocal stylings as often as possible.
Photo: Doug Jenkins
Together, they’ve released numerous songs to enjoy (so far), some on Wayne’s recording label, some on Doug’s. Regardless of the source, their music will keep your feet tapping. Better yet, you’ll have something to think about while you listen.
With recent (2020) changes in the music industry and American life, Doug and Wayne have turned their attention to creating new music in the studio. Though live performances are less available (see their Schedule page), there is plenty of online music for you to hear, download and keep for your personal listening pleasure, at absolutely no charge. That’s right! Just click the “Music” link on the menu above and you’ll find fifteen downloadable songs in two different collections that Two Tone has released since 2015, for free.
As you’ll see at the bottom of each page of this web site, this free offer is available for your private listening pleasure. If you are a musician who would like to record/release one or more Two Tone songs, or if you are looking for music for synchronization or any other commercial purpose, payment of royalties will be expected – please use this site’s Contact page to request and notify them of such use.
Two Tone after their Cultural Star show at Grand Central Cafe
“TWO TONE entertains crowds with infectious melodies and insightful lyrics. Wayne Hamilton provides vocals and solid rhythm on the guitar while Doug Millaway weaves guitar licks throughout each performance. Don’t miss this dynamic duo!”
— Carl Unbehaun, Host of Minnesota HomeBrew Music Show, Pioneer Radio 90.1
At the St. Cloud Art Crawl
“Love [their] tunes. Especially ‘No Other Way’ – killer tune. Love the feel of it, [which is] really, really great – a wonderful marriage between lyric and arrangement, with a nice dynamic. I like that kind of sweet-yet-melancholy, almost jazz feel. One of the greatest compliments a songwriter can get is another wishing they’d written one of [their] tunes. That was it for me tonight. I think these guys have a cool thing happening…looking forward to what they’ve got up their sleeves next. Run with it boys, run with it!”
— Brad Dunse, performing songwriter and proprietor, TunesmithTips.com
At the House of Pizza in Sartell
“If you are yearning to hear wonderful bits of Americana put to music and song, then Two Tone has the music you want to listen to! Every song has a story captured in notes and singing that the listener can identify with. Many hours of enjoyment are waiting to be heard on the CDs by Doug Millaway and Wayne Hamilton…I urge all who are ready to tune in to music with a story…purchase Two Tone’s music!”
— Cindy Brigandi Amerine, composer, “ALS Odyssey Anthem,” adopted by the American ALS Association
Two Tone at Harriet Brewing, Minneapolis
Photo: Doug Jenkins