Don Haddock has been playing and writing songs since he was 15 years old. Originally from San Diego, Ca., he grew up playing Rock and Roll in a 3 piece power group. He took a break from music to try and make a career as a professional baseball player. By the age of 28 he knew he had gone as far as he could with baseball and got back into writing and playing music again. He joined a Bluegrass band as a rhythm guitar player and vocalist and performed throughout San Diego County for about 5 years. He later moved to Orange County for a job and to raise a family. It was here he started playing and writing Country Music and eventually started a band called "Free Reign". Free Reign played all the Honky Tonks and local bars in Southern California for about 8 years. The band was nominated for country band of the year, and Don Haddock was individually nominated for "songwriter of the year". The "Free Reign" band played Top 40 Country Dance Music throughout the 90's.
His original songs are now being performed by the Band "Matt Slagg and the The Tramp Iron Railroad". This is a project formed in June 2012, and exclusively performs the original music written by Don Haddock. The Band went into the Magic Muse Studio and Produced their 1st Album "Country Soul" which is now available on iTunes, Amazon.com and at the at the Reverb Store.
Early in 2015, the band went back into the studio to record their 2nd album entitled "IN THE WIND" by the TRAMP IRON RAILROAD. This time they recorded at Vulcanic Studioz in Costa Mesa, Ca.
This album is by far the best work to date of the original music of Don Haddock. On this album is also the first time Don has worked with Co- writers Steve Owen, Jeff Thorsnes, and Larry'S Jones. This Studio album also includes the addition of Jeremy Long on pedal Steel and Organ, and Eric Brenton on Fiddle and Mandolin. The new CD MP3 is available now on ITunes, and the physical CD be available by late August and can now be Pre-Ordered direct by contacting Don Haddock via email: [email protected]
All together Don Haddock has recorded a blend of Country Americana that reflects his roots in Bluegrass and Rock while remaining a consummate Singer/ Songwriter. Having gained some local recognition playing private parties and local events for Charities and fundraising, they were recently invited to be the opening act at SoundWave 2015 which was broadcast live on FM radio and live streamed on YouTube.. From the resounding reception at these events, the Tramp Iron Railroad us looking to branch out from the Studio to playing Live dates soon throughout Orange County..
2014 and 2015 - Band of the Year/ Clays Country Radio
2016 - Best Live Country Performance/5th annual Indie Music Channel AWARDS
2016 - Song of the Year "Gravity" by Don Haddock and Steve Owen/ The Josie Music Awards