About Doug MacLeod
Doug MacLeod is an American storytelling blues musician. Although now associated with his home in Memphis, he has lived and worked in North Carolina, St. Louis, New York, Los Angeles, and Norfolk, Virginia, where he was stationed in the United States Navy. He became acquainted with the blues in St Louis in his teens and started his career playing country blues on acoustic guitar, finding that singing eased a stutter and helped him to manage it. Although predominantly associated with acoustic guitar, his skills were developed as a blues bass player, and honed by his subsequent journeys into jazz and electric blues.
MacLeod's formative blues instruction is attributed to a man he knew as Ernest Banks who also gave him the guiding principles of his music and performances:
He also formed a strong friendship with George "Harmonica" Smith who not only became his mentor, but also the source or experience for many of his songs and stories in his live performances. Unable or unwilling to use his correct name, George always called him "Dubb", a name also adopted by his loyal followers, the DubbHeads.
MacLeod plays only his own compositions , but his music has also been recorded by many other artists, including Dave Alvin, James Armstrong, Eva Cassidy, Albert Collins, Papa John Creach, Albert King, Chris Thomas King, Coco Montoya, Billy Lee Riley, Son Seals, Tabby Thomas, and Joe Louis Walker. His songs can be heard on the TV series 'The Heat Of The Night'.
He has also been a long-time contributor to Blues Revue magazine with his column "Doug's Back Porch".
MacLeod's live performances preserve the tradition of the blues as a story-telling medium, expressed by his soulful voice and powerfully rhythmic acoustic guitar style. He plays either his custom National M-1 he calls Moon or his Waterloo WL-S Deluxe he calls P-Nut , with stories or introductions between pieces. The tales come from his early performances when he felt that he did not have enough original music to fill a show. He has appeared in blues, folk, and jazz festivals and his own shows around the world, but particularly in the US, the UK, and Europe.
As well as writing and performing, he also teaches guitar. Solid Air Records released his instructional DVD 101 Blues Guitar Essentials in 2006.. MacLeod has hosted blues radio shows Blues Highway and Nothin' but the Blues , and was the voice for the Blues Showcase of Continental Airlines.
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