The Up Song
Doug MacLeod, Master Bluesman and winner of the 2013 Blues Blast Music Award for Male Artist of the Year, is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances.
Unlike some other bluesmen now leading their own bands, Mr. MacLeod spent many years as an apprentice before forming his own group.
He has worked as a sideman for many different artists from the Los Angeles-area blues scene, including Big Joe Turner, Charles Brown, Pee Wee Crayton, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, and George "Harmonica" Smith.
Over 29 years, 19 studio albums, several live records, compilations, a blues guitar instructional DVD and a live performance DVD, MacLeod has consistently earned raves from both his peers and fans. His songs have been covered by many artists including Albert King, Albert Collins, Joe Louis Walker and Eva Cassidy.
MacLeod signed with Reference Recordings in 2012. His latest album "There’s A Time" was released in March of 2013. 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."