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Why is Doug MacLeod so little known in the U.S.? He has a following in Europe, and on the basis of this release, he deserves global recognition. Based in Los Angeles, he brings a wonderful, literate turn of lyric to the blues, writing about everyday events and emotions in a way that simply pulls at the heart (listen to the title track for a prime example). Musically he goes for very spare arrangements, just his own guitar work starkly supported at times by bass and drums (and very occasional autoharp), but that's all that's needed. He can sing the blues like a devil, and play pretty damn well, too. He's not afraid of stretching a piece out — "The New Panama Limited" runs more than ten minutes, for instance — but they never seem padded. MacLeod has plenty to say and does it in a way that's powerfully hypnotic. The world either needs more as good as him, or perhaps just greater fame for this one. He's a gem, and so is this disc.


Born: 21 April 1946 in New York, NY

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After struggling with childhood abuse and a crippling stutter, country blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist Doug Macleod found his true voice when he picked up a guitar and began to sing. He was born in New York on April 21, 1946, but moved to Raleigh, North Carolina with his parents shortly after his birth. The family moved back to New York before relocating to St. Louis when Macleod was in his teens. Frequenting the blues clubs there, he learned from veteran artists like Albert King, Little...
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