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Doug MacLeod


Doug MacLeod (born April 21, 1946, New York City, United States) is an American storytelling bluesman. Although now associated with his home in Los Angeles, he has lived and worked in North Carolina, St. Louis, Port Washington, New York, 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 chronic stutter and helped him to eventually overcome it.

In every note he performs and records, MacLeod follows the rule-of-thumb he learned from country bluesman Ernest Banks of Toano VA.: "Never play a note you don't believe", and "Never write or sing about what you don't know about."

MacLeod's playing landed him gigs with George 'Harmonica' Smith, Big Joe Turner, Pee Wee Crayton, Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson, Lowell Fulson and Big Mama Thornton. Over 29 years, 20 studio albums, several live records, compilations, a blues guitar instructional DVD and a live performance DVD, MacLeod has consistently earned raves. His songs have been covered by many artists including Albert King, Albert Collins, Joe Louis Walker and Eva Cassidy. His songs have twice featured in Grammy Award-nominated albums.

Among many other awards, he has won three Blues Music Awards (formerly W.C. Handy): Acoustic Artist of the Year and Acoustic Album Of The Year in 2014, and Acoustic Artist of the Year in 2016.

"Simplicity. Honesty. A wealth of blues feeling. He's a gem."
 - All Music Guide

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