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Showing posts with label Doug MacLeod. Show all posts
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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Reference Recordings artist: Doug MacLeod - Brand New Eyes - New Release Review

 


I just  had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Brand New Eyes, from Doug MacLeod and it's super. This release on Reference Recordings, Fresh label captures MacLeod alone on acoustic guitar and resonator in a pristine setting. Opening with title track, Brand New Eyes, MacLeod uses his vocal and finger picking pace to stimulate the track and a foot tap to stabilize the pace. Easing into a John Lee Hooker like trance with resonator and a solid foot stomp, MacLeod really captures the feel of Delta Blues on Something Dark Is Walking. An obvious student of the old masters, this track is spot on. With a traditional rag style and strong finger picking, Zu-Zu Woman is a terrific track and one of my favorites on the release. With raw emotion, I Rolled A Nickel feels delta authentic with the jangle of the resonator and slide, foot stomp and wailing like vocal. Very nice. Story telling country blues, The Nature of the Man has a great tempo and solid vocals making it the most radio friendly track. Wrapping the release is Welcome In Your Home with it's contemporary, folk blues feel. MacLeod maintains a strong pace and his energy is vibrant.




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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Reference Recordings artist: Doug MacLeod -Break The Chain - New release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Break The Chain, from Doug MacLeod and it's a cool, textural documentary of contemporary observations. Opening with boogie rocker, Goin' Down To The Roadhouse, Doug gets into a real nice groove with slide on resonator joined by Denny Croy on bass and Jimi Bott on drums. On Lonesome Feeling, Doug really gives his National steel body a rough workout. His wailing and slide work nicely together creating a feeling of solitude and emptiness. Very nice. Another stand out track is One For Tampa Red featuring a solid walking bass line by Croy and Doug sliding out the melody on his National "O". Boogie track, Who's Driving This Bus is another stand out track with a great driving rhythm and clever lyrics. A very nice track, Church Street Serenade has a really sweet melody and strong guitar articulation. One of my favorites. Wrapping the release is title track, Break The Chain, a simple stripped down rocker with Jesse Macleod on guitar, Doug on vocal and slide, Oliver Brown on percussion and Denny or bass. Cool closer to a simply cool release. 

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Under The Radar music group artist: Doug Macleod - Live In Europe - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Live In Europe, from Doug Macleod and it's a quiet, up close and personal concert with a super performer. Opening with acoustic boogie, I Want You, Macleod hammers on his resonator and belts out the blues. If you don't know Macloud, this is it man. On Black Magic, we hear more of a modern delta style with acoustic slide. More dramatic, Ain't The Blues Evil, has a modern feel but dark delta roots. With understated vocals and Muddy Waters like guitar riffs, this is one of my favorites on the release. The New Panama Ltd. is a cool folk blues track with great train guitar action and over 14 minutes of spoken story lines. Very cool. Home Cookin' is a really cool blues rumble along the lines of Sweet Home Chicago. With Macleod's witty delivery and gritty guitar work, this is a crowd favorite. Cold Rain is a real nice blues number with traditional resonator blues riffs. Macleod's slide playing and vocals are true to history and heartfelt. Long Time Road is a strong blues driver with free wheeling guitar and vocals. A prime blues number, it is lively and raw. Turkey Leg Woman has a distinct sound of Mississippi country blues with a lot of rhythm. Energetic finger picking and fan strumming brings this track to life. Wrapping the release is Masters Plan, a simple ballad. Solid vocals and rudimentary rhythm guitar makes this a concrete closer for a solid release.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Reference Recordings artist: Doug MacLeod - Exactly Like This - New Release review

I just received the newest release (March 10, 2015), Exactly Like This, from Doug MacLeod and it's quite good. Opening with piano boogie, Rock It Til The Cows Come Home, MacLeod on guitar and vocal is joined by Mike Thompson on piano, Jimi Bott on drums and Denny Croy on bass. This track has an acoustic basis but it really does rock. With a solid piano groove and acoustic guitar instrumentation MacLeod's vocals push the track. Too Many Misses For Me has more of a jazzy feel and an acoustic guitar lead. A strong track with nice articulation. Find Your Right Mind has more of a quiet Johnson ballad (Come Into My Kitchen) style but with a more urban twist. MacLeod plays the slide resonator sweetly on this track. Ain't It Rough? has a rag feel but is really more of a story telling track with rhythmic accompaniment. Vaneta, a cool guitar boogie is lead by MacLeod on acoustic guitar and with a real nice blues Hooker like guitar riff. The spirit of John lee lingers in this track with his basic attack and feel. Excellent! Serious Doin' Woman has a real cool swampy feel (think Poke Salad Annie) with tall tales and a simple beat. Ridge Runner opens with a march like drum beat and continues into train land. With finger chicken pickin and light snare work, this track has the feel of Orange Blossom Special or another similar bluegrass track but brought up to a more sophisticated level of execution (no fiddle). New Morning Road is the purest delta style blues track, vocal and acoustic guitar and possibly my favorite track on the release. Think early Skip James or Hooker, Muddy Waters. Very cool! Raylene is an easy flowing blues track with slide resonator backing MacLeod singing a basic 12 bar. In Johnson style but with a more modern flair, this track transcends the decades. Skillful slide techniques shine on this track. Heaven's The Only Place is a somber bluesy ballad with quiet instrumental accompaniment under MacLeod's soulful vocals. Again a strong sense of slide resonator use really makes this track shine. Wrapping the release is You Got It Good (And That Ain't Bad), a swing track with crisp piano drive. Thompson, Croy and Bott are really tight on this track making this a super final track on a strong release.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Western Maryland Blues Fest in Hagerstown, MD

19th Annual Western Maryland Blues Fest 2014
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May 29–June 1

17 bands, 4 big days,
$50 Fri/Sat Combo Tickets*
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The Western Maryland Blues Fest roars into its 19th big year in Hagerstown, MD! Come celebrate with four jam-packed, jumpin’ days filled with music from national, regional & local performers!

These are just some of the great artists you’ll hear throughout the festival…

Ronnie Earl

Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters


Legendary blues guitarist Ronnie Earl brings his celebrated band back to Hagerstown for a special show. Having played alongside such greats as B. B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, and Otis Rush, Ronnie’s guitar speaks with an authoritative blues voice that only a veteran player can summon!
Ian Siegal

Ian Siegal & Band


Be part of one of the first American audiences to hear this multiple British Blues Awards winner! Ian’s May 31 Hagerstown performance culminates his first-ever U.S. tour! Don’t miss this songwriter’s exciting new blues, conveyed in the traditional Delta blues style, all the way from across the pond!
Eric Steckel

Eric Steckel Band


A young blues veteran, a powerful player with an authentic blues soul, Eric is already hailed by many as one of the next big things in bluesrock! Eric Steckel is a must see and must hear for fans of SRV, Jimi Hendrix and Joe Bonamassa.
Doug Macleod

Doug Macleod


Performing in the tradition of the blues as a story-telling medium, acoustic guitarist, Doug MacLeod, has been nominated for THREE (3) 2014 Blues Music Awards, including Acoustic Artist of the Year, Acoustic Album of the Year and Blues Song of the Year. Giving a FREE Sunday performance in City Park, come see what all the fuss is about!
Mingo Fishtrap

Mingo Fishtrap


WOW! What’s in a name? Well, this Texas-based large ensemble will give you a sweet soulful style of rhythm and blues, including plenty of horns. Describing its sound as “the space where melodic pop meets gritty Memphis soul, with a twist of N’awlins funk,” Mingo Fishtrap’s tenacious groove is central to its sanctified mission to shake your soul.

19th Annual Western Maryland Blues Fest Schedule


Thursday, May 29—Blues Prelude 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

University Plaza, 50 West Washington Street, Downtown. Free admission. Lawn chairs and blankets encouraged! Gates open at 4:00 p.m. ID required. No smoking venue.

Don’t miss the Blues Fest Poster Art Exhibit opening, featuring this year’s artist, Matt Long! The exhibit will be held at the Washington County Arts Council at 36 South Potomac Street from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday, May 30—Lotta Blues Kickoff 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

City Center Lot, North Potomac Street. $20 in advance* and $30 at the gate. Children 12 and under free with paying adult. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. ID required.

Saturday, May 31—Downtown House Party Noon to 9:30 p.m.

City Center Lot, North Potomac Street. $35 in advance* and $45 at the gate. Children 12 and under free with paying adult. Gates open at 11:00 a.m. ID required.

Sunday, June 1—Family Blues Picnic Noon to 5:00 p.m.

City Park Bandshell. Free admission. Lawn chairs and blankets encouraged. No smoking venue.

While you’re at Blues Fest…


 Visit the Maxwell Street Market area of the festival for plenty of food, drink and
specialty vendors.
 Kids Jam, Too in the HUGE children’s area design just for them! It’s their very own
playground filled with music, crafts, activities and more on Sunday.
 Grab a limited 19th anniversary edition t-shirt, hat, or other Festival gear from
the Blues Boutique.


*Transaction fee of $5.00 per ticket applies in advance sale tickets. Schedule and artists subject to change. No chairs, coolers, food or beverages may be brought into the festival area Friday or Saturday. No animals (except service animals) and no audio/video recording permitted at any time during the festival. All packs, parcels and bags subject to inspection.
Supported in part by: City of Hagerstown, Maryland State Arts Council and Washington County Arts Council.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Doug MacLeod Wins Blues Blast Award!

Please join us in congratulating Doug MacLeod, winner of the 2013 Blues Blast Music Awards Male Blues Artist of the Year!
The gala awards ceremony was held at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago on October 31st , 2013. Awards were given in ten categories, plus Lifetime Achievement honors to Eddie Shaw and Bob Koester.

Congratulations to all the nominees and the winners!

—Jan Mancuso and the Reference Recordings Team
Doug MacLeod There's A Time

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Mark Pucci Media Congratulates All Our Artists Receiving Nominations for the 2013 Blues Blast Music Awards









MARK PUCCI MEDIA CONGRATULATES ALL OUR ARTISTS RECEIVING NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2013 BLUES BLAST MUSIC AWARDS!
Traditional Blues Album
•  Doug MacLeod - There's A Time
Blues Rock Album
•  Albert Castiglia - Living The Dream
 Royal Southern Brotherhood - Royal Southern Brotherhood
Soul Blues Album
•  Barbara Carr - Keep The Fire Burning
 Johnny Rawls - Soul Survivor
•  Mighty Sam McClain - Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey)
Song Of The Year
•  “Black Nights” written by Doug MacLeod – There's A Time (Doug MacLeod)
•  “Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey” written by Sam McClain & Pat Herlehy - Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey) (Mighty Sam McClain)
Male Blues Artist
Voting Is Open To The Public 
Voting to determine the winners begins July 15, 2013 and continues until August 31st, 2012 at http://www.TheBluesBlast.com. Voting is free and open to anyone who is a Blues Blast Magazine subscriber. You do not have to be a current subscriber to vote! You are automatically signed up as part of the voting process on our website if you are not currently a subscriber. Blues Blast Magazine subscriptions are FREE! The 2013 Blues Blast Music Awards ceremonies will be held at Buddy Guys’ Legends in Chicago on October 31st, 2013. The awards ceremony will feature music by the artists nominated. Tickets for the event will go on sale in mid-August at  http://www.TheBluesBlast.com

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Reference Recordings artist; Doug MacLeod - There's A Time - New Release Review

I just received the Reference Recordings label debut, There's A Time, by Doug MacLeod. This release will be released on March 12, 2013 in both CD and half speed mastered, 200-gram vinyl. The recording opens with Rosa Lee, a light shuffle tune featuring MacLeod on an open D tuned national Reso-Phonic. Next up is Black Nights, a smooth acoustic blues and not only does MacLeod shine on vocal but also really digs in on some nice blues riffs on his Gibby C100FE. The Up Song has a Hawaiian sound to in with vocal qualities and a National El Travador 12 string. The Entitled Few is a track about using the blues handicapped parking card. Played on A National Style O, this sound terrific with vocals delivered more as a spoken shout. A Ticket Out is a Piedmont Style track in open D on the Reso-Phonic. Run With the Devil, again with the spoken track as a story, features some pretty cool slide work on the Style O. St. Elmo's Rooms and Pool is one of my favorite tracks on the release. Again delivered in a somewhat spoken manner, MacLeod's vocals suck you into this track. With light breezy guitar work this is one of the most entertaining tracks on the recording. East Carolina Woman is a traditional blues style number with updated delivery. MacLeod plays a pretty nice slide solo on this track on his O tuned to D. Dubb's Talkin' Religion Blues, another talkin blues number, is pretty cool with Cotten pickin' under the dialogue. The final track, Ghost has a eerie kind of swampy sound with vocal and guitar call and response. This is an interesting acoustic blues release that features interesting vocal styling and cool guitar work as well as some very distinct guitar sounds.


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This track isn't from the release but is typical of MacLeod's work.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Reference Recordings Signs Blues-Roots Singer-Songwriter Doug MacLeod & Will Release His Label Debut, "There's a Time," on March 12




Reference Recordings Signs Blues/Roots
Singer-Songwriter Doug MacLeod

Label Debut Album, There’s a Time,
Set for Release March 12




SAN FRANCISCO, CA -   Reference Recordings announces the signing of blues/roots singer-songwriter Doug MacLeod, and a March 12 release date for his label debut album, There’s a Time. Produced by Doug MacLeod and Janice Mancuso and recorded at Skywalker Sound, the “baker’s dozen” tracks on There’s a Time showcase his soulful vocals and trademark guitar sound backed by Denny Croy on bass and Jimi Bott on drums. Acclaimed for their quality audio recordings, Reference will also release the new album on a 200-gram vinyl two-LP set, half-speed mastered and pressed at Quality Record Pressings (QRP), as well as on CD.
“Making this album was different than any other one I’ve done in the past,” recalls MacLeod about the sessions. “They put Jimi, Denny and me on this huge soundstage at Skywalker Sound in Marin County and we sat around in a circle where we could see each other. We played live, no overdubs, just three guys playing some music together.

“Simply put, Jimi and Denny are two of the finest musicians I have ever had the pleasure to make music with. I’ve been known to change arrangements on the spot: add a bar here, take away a bar there. I go with the feeling of the moment. Both Jimi and Denny have this uncanny ability to follow that - even under what could have been pressure circumstances for other musicians.”

A perennial Blues Music Award nominee, MacLeod is currently nominated for “Acoustic Artist of the Year.” Doug is a throwback musician in the great tradition of the traveling bluesman from the genre’s classic era, having apprenticed with some of the best as a sideman with such legends as Big Joe Turner, Pee Wee Crayton, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Big Mama Thornton and George “Harmonica” Smith. During that time, he developed his unique, unorthodox and powerfully rhythmic acoustic guitar style, which he puts to great use on There’s a Time playing on a variety of guitars with such pet names as “Moon” (a National M-1 Tricone), “Little Bit” (a Gibson C-100 FE) and “Owl” (a National Style “O”), plus a National El Trovador 12-String.

The other element of Doug’s style is his remarkable ability as a storyteller, another trademark of the classic itinerant blues musician. Listening to the songs on There’s a Time is like attending a master class on storytelling, as MacLeod weaves tales that are visceral, insightful and often humorous (as on the songs, “My In-laws Are Outlaws,” “St Elmo’s Rooms and Pool” and “Dubb’s Talkin’ Religion Blues”).

Like the old masters who taught him, MacLeod’s songs are based primarily on his own life and experiences, instilled with the spirit one particular influential bluesman once told him: “Never play a note you don’t believe, and never write or sing about what you don’t know.”

“If you’re speaking honestly, then I believe you’re coming from your heart,” MacLeod says. “And if you’re coming from the heart, then I believe your chances of getting to another heart are real good. If you can get to the heart, then you can get to the soul, and I think that’s where songs like to live.”

In a career that spans over 30 years, Doug MacLeod has recorded 19 studio albums, several live records, compilations, a blues guitar instructional DVD and a live performance DVD. His songs have been covered by such artists as Albert King, Albert Collins, Joe Louis Walker and Eva Cassidy. Two of his songs were on Grammy-nominated albums by King and Collins.  He’s co-written tunes with Dave Alvin and Coco Montoya, and his songs have been featured in many TV movies, as well as the hit TV series, “In the Heat of the Night.”

From 1999 to 2004, Doug hosted “Nothin’ but the Blues,” a very popular weekend blues radio show on Los Angeles’ KLON-KKJZ. He has also been the voice for “The Blues Showcase” on Continental Airlines and contributed his soulful slide guitar playing to the Los Angeles opening of the August Wilson play, “Gem of the Ocean.” For 10 years, he penned “Doug’s Back Porch,” a regular feature column in Blues Revue, in which he shared his humorous and insightful stories with the magazine’s readers. In 1997, he won the Golden Note Award for his Audioquest Music album, You Can’t Take My Blues; and in 2006 Solid Air/Warner Bros. released Doug’s guitar instructional DVD, 101 Blues Guitar Essentials.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

MARK PUCCI MEDIA ARTISTS GARNER 17 NOMINATIONS FROM THE BLUES FOUNDATION FOR THE 34th BLUES MUSIC AWARDS

ONLINE VOTING AND TICKET SALES NOW OPEN TO
BLUES FOUNDATION MEMBERS

ATLANTA, GA – Mark Pucci Media proudly congratulates all of our artists who received a total of 17 nominations when The Blues Foundation announced yesterday (December 12) the list of nominees for the 34th Annual Blues Music Awards. The Blues Music Awards are universally acknowledged as the highest honor for musicians and songwriters in Blues music. Winners will be announced on May 9, 2013, at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis. Online voting is now open to Blues Foundation members at www.blues.org.

Heading the list of Mark Pucci Media honorees with three nominations each are Mud Morganfield, who garnered nominations for Album of the Year, Traditional Blues Album and Traditional Blues Male Artist for his Severn Records label debut CD, Son of the Seventh Son; as well as Mighty Sam McClain, who earned nominations for Soul Blues Album, Soul Blues Male Artist and Song of the Year for “Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey),” the title track from his Mighty Music label CD release.

Canadian roots label powerhouse Stony Plain Records gathered nominations for Eric Bibb, who was tapped for Acoustic Album and Acoustic Artist based on his label debut CD, Deeper in the Well; and perennial nominee Maria Muldaur, who once again received a nomination for the Koko Taylor Award as Traditional Blues Female based on the response to her latest CD, …First Came Memphis Minnie.

El Paso-based Catfood Records had another strong year, capped by former BMA-winner Johnny Rawls, who received two nominations: in the Soul Blues Male Artist and Soul Blues Album categories for his Soul Survivor CD. Johnny is joined this year by singer (and current Living Blues magazine cover girl) Barbara Carr, who received a nod as Soul Blues Female Artist for her Catfood Records debut, Keep the Fire Burning.

Other Mark Pucci Media artists receiving nominations include folk-blues singer/songwriter Doug MacLeod (whose new CD will be coming out in March on Reference Recordings) for Acoustic Artist; Ruf Records’ artists Royal Southern Brotherhood for Rock Blues Album for their eponymous label debut CD; Fabulous Thunderbirds leader Kim Wilson for Instrumentalist – Harmonica; Sweetspot Records artist Al Basile for Instrumentalist – Horn; and Blue Duchess Records artist and former multiple BMA winner David Maxwell for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award.


“It is not uncommon in any arts genre for beloved artists with strong releases to pull in a number of nominations, and that is one of the factors at work this year,” Jay Sieleman, The Blues Foundation’s President, said in announcing the nominations. “Yet there are also more than a dozen first-time nominees, plus the six Best New Artist nominees.  It is gratifying to see both groups rewarded—those who have been near the top for a while and those who are getting the recognition they have been long seeking.”

Tickets for the 34th Blues Music Awards show are now on sale. Members receive seating preference at the Awards show and voting is now underway.  Blues Foundation members are the only fans who vote to decide which nominees will actually take home the Blues Music Award. Anyone can join The Blues Foundation by visiting their website at www.blues.org.

Once again, The Blues Music Awards will be broadcast live in their entirety on Sirius XM's B.B. King's Bluesville Channel and will be subsequently broadcast on public television.

Mark Pucci Media congratulates all of our artists and wishes them much success when the winners are announced in Memphis on May 9; and we encourage voters to consider all of our nominees. See you there!



Mark Pucci
Mark Pucci Media
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Atlanta, GA 30350-1069
(770) 804-9555
2008 Blues Foundation Recipient -
"Keeping the Blues Alive Award" -
Publicist

Saturday, April 21, 2012

(If You're Going to the) Dog House - Doug MacLeod

Doug MacLeod is a singer-songwriter in the American tradition. He is a traveling artist that writes and sings original songs that are based on his own life and experiences. He learned from the old masters, lived the music, survived the life and carries forward a valuable tradition. MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. At the heart of this is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters-from the faceless to the legendary-to strikingly real life. While he developed his rich, soulful voice MacLeod also worked out a unique, unorthodox and powerfully rhythmic acoustic guitar style. His distinct style of playing was a byproduct of pent-up rage from his turbulent childhood and the segregation drama in his new home of St. Louis. The rage of his youth was eventually channeled through his guitar, using his relentless right hand to pound out an insistent, churning beat to complement his intricate bottleneck and finger-style technique. 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. Under their tutelage, he learned how to thrill and enrapture a crowd. Over 28 years, 18 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. He has co-written songs with Dave Alvin and Coco Montoya. MacLeod's songs have been featured in many TV movies and the hit show In the Heat of the Night. Two of his songs are on Grammy nominated albums by Albert King and Albert Collins. If you like what I’m doing, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! - ”LIKE”