Doug MacLeod has performed at BB’s about six times and will stop by on his way home from this year’s Blues Music Awards in Memphis (Thursday Night). Macleod performs at BB’s Friday, May 11.
Lindsay Shannon, owner of BB’s Lawnside BBQ, provides some insight into MacLeod and acoustic blues: “I first got turned on to Doug MacLeod when Hightone Records released a CD in 1984 called No Road Back Home. Doug played electric guitar, wrote the songs and included a guest appearance by one of my favorite harmonica players, George “Harmonica” Smith.
As I dug into Doug’s blues past, I discovered that he grew up in St. Louis, and was influenced by Albert King. He ended up in California where he worked as a side man for blues legends Big Joe Turner, Charles Brown, Pee wee Crayton, Clean Head Vinson and Smith.
Next came a CD which Doug did with John “Juke” Logan – lots of terrific songs including “Grease In My Gravy.” Doug’s next several CD’s were a mix of electric and acoustic guitar and with Doug writing the majority of the songs – some tunes he had other players for accompaniment, some were solo.
During the last few years Doug’s output has been acoustic guitar, vocals, songwriting and always a sense of humor (enough to make you laugh out loud). Also, lately he has been nominated for several Blues Music Awards – this year for Acoustic Artist of the Year and Acoustic Album of The Year.”