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Doug MacLeod (USA)

“Nagu kõik bluusi suurmehed, elab Doug McLeod oma muusikas. Lood ei ole vaid tema keelel ja sõrmeotstes, vaid saavad üheks tema olemusega.”

-Blues Music Magazine

Doug McLeod on tuntud oma ülima lugude kirjutamisoskuse, kitarrimeisterlikkuse, sooja, hingestatud vokaali ning meeldejäävate kontserdielamuste poolest. Tema kontsertide olulise osa moodustab kindlasti tema lugude jutustamise oskus, milles suudab ta fantaasia eluliseks muuta.

Doug on mitmekordne bluusi muusikaauhinna võitja. Aastal 2017 pälvis ta parima akustilise artisti auhinna ja Blues Blast muusikaauhinna parima meesartisti tiitli. McLeod on lava jaganud ja kontserte andnud tegijatega George ‘Harmonica’ Smith, Big Joe Turner, Pee Wee Crayton, Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson, Lowell Fulson ja Big Mama Thornton. Kolmkümmend aastat muusikat, 21 stuudioalbumit, mitmed live-albumid, bluusikitarri õppematerjalide DVD-d, kontserdi DVD-d – kõiges on ta pälvinud suure tunnustuse.

Tema lugusid on esitanud mitmed artistid, nende seas Albert King, Albert Collins, Joe Louis Walker ja Eva Cassidy. Doug’i loodud muusikat on kasutatud mitmetes telefilmides, k.a populaarses sarjas In the Heat of the Night. August Wilson’i soovil oli McLeod’i hingestatud kitarrimäng “Gem of the Ocean” näidendi avanumbriks.

Nagu õpetasid Doug’ile suurmeistrid, muusika väljendab elu ning seda läbi tajutava peenetundelisuse, mis annab aimu elus kõige olulisemast. Tema muusika, lood ja sõnumid on tervendavad ning aidanud inimestel ületada raskeid hetki.

Doug McLeod peab oluliseks kantri bluusimehe Ernest Banks’i mõtteid: “Ära kunagi mängi nooti, mida sa ei usu” ning “ära kunagi kirjuta või laula millestki, millest sa ei tea.”

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“Like all great blues men, MacLeod lives his music, and the songs are not just on the tips of his fingers and tongue, they are one with his being.”

– Blues Music Magazine

MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. At the heart of a Doug MacLeod performance is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters-from the faceless to the legendary-to strikingly real life.

He is a multiple Blues Music Award winner, most recently the 2017 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist of The Year and the Blues Blast Music Award for Male Artist of The Year.

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. Over 30 years, 21 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. MacLeod’s songs have been featured in many TV films and the hit show In the Heat of the Night. August Wilson requested his soulful slide guitar playing in the Los Angeles opening of “Gem of the Ocean”.

Like the old masters who taught him, MacLeod’s music expresses life and times through an intangible, elusive quality that may simply be a keen sense of what matters most. Doug’s music, stories, and philosophy provide a healing that has helped others overcome the hardships of their lives.

Doug subscribes to the philosophies 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.”