Five years ago, Queens native Doug Seegers was a homeless country musician busking on the streets of Nashville.
That’s when a Swedish documentary crew filmed him singing his rueful song “Going Down to the River” and booked him a recording session at Johnny Cash’s old studio. Now Seegers, 66, is one of Scandinavia’s biggest stars: a chart-topper playing to sold-out crowds, with a new memoir, “Going Down to the River.”
“It’s been a cosmic experience,” Seegers, who splits his time between Nashville and Stockholm, told The Post. Then again, he added, “my life has been full of wildly different changes and scenarios.”
Seegers was born in 1952 in Rockaway Beach. His mother, Marilyn, sang gospel and bluegrass and supported Seegers and his brother through odd jobs. His father, John, was a drifter and ditched the family when Seegers was about 8.
“But he left all his Hank Williams records,” said Seegers, who taught himself guitar by playing along with his dad’s old discs.