St Kyneburgha Church
WEDNESDAY 20th June 2012
Brilliant singer, songwriter, guitarist and raconteur from L.A on his sixth Shakedown Blues visit
Doug MacLeod was born in Virginia circa 1950 and raised in St Louis. He has overcome abuse and a crippling stutter to become a very highly regarded guitarist and singer songwriter on the L.A music scene. His love for blues was nurtured by a mis-spent youth prowling the bludgeoning St. Louis scene on the ‘funky’ side of the city. Here he heard and befriended Albert King, Little Milton and Ike and Tina Turner amongst others.
Enlisting in the Navy he was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia and spent his free time playing and singing to fellow sailors in the rough, downtown blues bars. After discharge he signed on to the Berklee School of Music in Boston for a four-year jazz course. Post graduation he went on the road eventually winding up in Los Angeles where he began running with George Smith and Smokey Wilson around the booming California blues scene. It was here also that he recorded the wonderful ‘No Road Back Home’ album for Hightone, which was crammed full of original songs. He has since then worked solidly in the blues field writing and recording a further seventeen excellent albums together with two DVD’s and becoming a consummate live performer, weaving tales of the road together with performances of songs inspired by these experiences. Many of these songs have been covered by the likes of Albert Collins and Joe Louis Walker, which speak volumes for his stature amongst his peers. James Jensen of Acoustic Guitar Magazine noted his guitar playing in saying that ‘ Real excitement is created by Macleod’s highly rhythmic acoustic guitar’. (Personally I believe it is in the economy of notes played where his true genius lies)
In the last couple of years Doug has seriously moved up in profile and has cracked both the Asian and Australian markets and is often appearing at festival circuits around the world. Since we last saw him in Castor he has left Black & Tan Records and moved his recordings to Fresh! From RR and his latest album is ‘Brand New Eyes’ the title track of which he debuted live in Castor in 2009.
A lot of you have been asking me when Doug would be returning and we are pleased to be able to bring back this exceptional artist once more.