Doug MacLeod is known for his rich, soulful singing, powerful acoustic guitar style, and original compositions that reflect his talent for storytelling.
Although now based in Los Andeles, MacLeod was born in New York. He began playing the blues as a teenager living in St. Louis, where he channeled his emotions into his music.
His playing landed him gigs as a sidemen with such greats as George "Harmonica" Smith, Big Joe Turner, Pee Wee Crayton, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Lowell Fulson, and Big Mama Thornton. Working with them built his skills both as a musician and an entertainer, and MacLeod was soon gaining rave reviews for his own studio albums and live recordings.
His songs have been covered by Albert King, Albert Collins, Joe Louis Walker, Eva Cassid, and others, and have been featured in TV movies as well as the hit show In the Heat of the Night.
From 1999 to 2004, he hosted Nothin' But The Blues, a popular weekend blues show on Los Angeles' KLON-KKJZ. He has also been the voice for The Blues Showcase on Continental Airlines, and for 10 years wrote "Doug's Back Porch," a regular column in Blues Revue Magazine.He won the Golden Note Award in 1997 for his album "You Can't Take My Blues." His latest CD,"Brand New Eyes," was released in March of 2011.
As a musician and performer, MacLeod follows the rule-of-thumb learned from country bluesman Ernest Banks: "Never play a note you don't believe," and "Never write or sing about what you don't know about."
This artist appears in Jubilee #1506: Doug MacLeod/Otis Taylor Band.