Doug Cossin began his pursuit of acoustic music at an early age without the influence of family or friends. It was on a family vacation that he picked up a one-stringed novelty folk instrument called a “canjo” at the age of eight. After learning all the songs in the instructional book, he acquired a 5-string banjo and discovered the fiery three-finger style of Earl Scruggs. With help from local bluegrass musician Don Titus, Doug quickly honed his skills and expanded his repertoire to include the songs and techniques of J.D. Crowe, Scott Vestal, Béla Fleck, Ron Stewart, and others. Doug went on to take 1st place in the West Virginia State Banjo Competition at the age of 16.
Doug’s brother, Ray, quickly followed suit by taking up the fiddle. The two performed in many local jams at a young age near their home of Ripley, West Virginia, learning the ins and outs of working with a bluegrass band. The brothers recorded an all-instrumental album under the self-title “The Mill Creek Boys” in 2006. Both were founding members of the WV-staffed band “Redd Brand” which played extensively throughout the region from 2010 – 2012, in addition to recording an album. Doug then joined Blue Dawning in October of 2014.