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Doug MacLeod is a singer-songwriter in the American tradition. He is a traveling artist that writes and sings original songs that are based on his own life and experiences. He learned from the old masters, lived the music, survived the life and carries forward a valuable tradition. MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. At the heart of this is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters—from the faceless to the legendary—to strikingly real life.
While he developed his rich, soulful voice MacLeod also worked out a unique, unorthodox and powerfully rhythmic acoustic guitar style. His distinct style of playing was a byproduct of pent-up rage from his turbulent childhood and the segregation drama in his new home of St. Louis. The rage of his youth was eventually channeled through his guitar, using his relentless right hand to pound out an insistent, churning beat to complement his intricate bottleneck and finger-style technique.
MacLeod’s playing landed him sideman gigs with George “Harmonica” Smith, Big Joe Turner, Pee Wee Crayton, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Lowell Fulson and Big Mama Thornton. Under their tutelage, he learned how to thrill an enrapture a crowd.
Over 28 years, 18 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. He has co-written songs with Dave Alvin and Coco Montoya. MacLeod’s songs have been featured in many TV movies and the hit show In the Heat of the Night. Two of his songs are on Grammy nominated albums by Albert King and Albert Collins.
From 1999 to 2004 he hosted Nothin’ But The Blues, a very popular weekend blues show on Los Angeles’ KLON-KKJZ. He has also been the voice for The Blues Showcase on Continental Airlines and contributed his soulful slide guitar playing to the Los Angeles opening of the August Wilson play “Gem of the Ocean”. For ten years he penned “Doug’s Back Porch,” a regular feature column in Blues Revue Magazine in which he shared his humorous and insightful stories with thousands of readers. He won the Golden Note Award in 1997 for his AudioQuest album You Can’t Take My Blues. In 2006 Solid Air/Warner Bros. released Doug’s guitar instructional DVD 101* Blues Guitar Essentials.
MacLeod signed with FRESH a subsidiary of Reference Recordings in 2010. His new album Brand New Eyes was released in March of 2011. In every note he performs and records, MacLeod subscribes to the rule-of-thumb learned from country bluesman Ernest Banks who instilled in him to “Never play a note you don’t believe”, and “Never write or sing about what you don’t know about.”
Like the old masters who taught him, MacLeod’s music expresses life and times via an intangible, elusive quality that may simply be a keen sense of what matters most. There is a philosophic and healing side to MacLeod’s music and his stories that has helped others overcome the hardships of their lives.
As Pee Wee Crayton’s widow Esther once told Doug, “You have a message and you’ll send that message mainly to the people who don’t go to church.” Amen.
Opening: Rosano & Dikon
Anthony Rosano and Tom Dikon are unique blues artists, each fronting their own highly-successful bands in the greater Hampton Roads area. They have recently collaborated for duo performances dedicated to authentic, down-home acoustic blues which is already receiving rave reviews by the most dedicated blues purists. Don’t miss an opportunity to see their raw, powerful live shows!
Anthony Rosano is a two-time International Blues Challenge (IBC) winner, having represented two chartered blues organizations in Memphis in both 2012 and 2013. He is the recipient of the prestigious Veer Music Awards as the Best Blues Artist for 2013. Anthony is a master of authentic blues on guitar, dobro, steel guitar, and his own hand-crafted cigar-box guitars. His band—The Conqueroos—is a hard-rocking blues powerhouse that packs venues across Hampton Roads throughout the entire year. He has released one self-produced CD with another on the way. Clearly recognized as one of the premier guitarists and vocalists in the area, he’s now garnering national attention with his band's dynamic performances across the region, in addition to his highly-acclaimed shows in Memphis.
Tom Dikon is also a previous IBC-winning blues artist and a Hohner Harmonica Endorsed Artist. He's performed across the United States and Europe, and his harmonica work has been featured on several recording labels across the East Coast. His own band—The Jukes Boogie Trio—performs approximately 75 shows per year at local venues, festivals, tour ship "blues cruises" and concerts across the region. He recently recorded a CD with the legendary Eddie Shaw (and the "757 All Stars") which was a finalist for the 2013 Traditional Blues Album of the Year across the Nation. He is an accomplished harmonica educator and craftsman, and customizes harmonicas for many advanced performers. In addition to his own musical endeavors, he performs highly-acclaimed harmonica clinics at festivals and artistic events across the area.