There's A Time Doug MacLeod

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Label: Reference Recordings

Genre: Guitar

Subgenre: Blues

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)


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  • 1Rosa Lee03:21
  • 2Black Nights06:26
  • 3The Up Song03:56
  • 4My Inlaws are Outlaws04:46
  • 5The Entitled Few04:38
  • 6A Ticket Out02:56
  • 7Run with the Devil05:06
  • 8St. Elmo's Rooms and Pool04:08
  • 9I'll Be Walking On03:28
  • 10East Carolina Woman03:17
  • 11The Night of the Devil's Road06:00
  • 12Dubb's Talking Religion Blues05:56
  • 13Ghost04:08
  • Total Runtime58:06

Info for There's A Time

Doug MacLeod is a unique, powerful guitarist with a rich and soulful voice, singing original songs based on his life and experiences. This is genuine original acoustic music at its very best! Thirteen new Doug MacLeod originals highlight this richly detailed trio recording by Grammy-winning engineer Keith Johnson, done at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, CA. Doug uses four strikingly different guitars: three National Reso-Phonic instruments, including a 12-string, and his old Gibson C-100, the guitar he calls Lil Bit because each time he plays her a little bit more of her falls off. Over 29 years, 19 studio albums, several live records, compilations, a blues guitar instructional DVD, and a live performance DVD, Doug has consistently earned raves. His songs have been covered by many artists including Albert King, Albert Collins, Joe Louis Walker, and Eva Cassidy.

'...impeccable playing, impassioned singing, and his engaging personality shines forth in a live setting. It all makes for a very enjoyable if very traditional experience.' (Robert Baird, Stereophile)

'On guitar, he strums and slides through an apocrypha of alternate tunings played on a rich chase of classic six and twelve-strong acoustics. This master storyteller has a knack for exploring the space between the notes, delivering quiet, thoughtful asides and blues sermons, sometimes saturated in Jack and Coke or steeped in swampy mysticism of the Delta blues tradition.' (Greg Cahill, The Absolute Sound)

Doug MacLeod, guitar, vocals
Denny Croy, bass
Jimi Bott, drums

Recorded May 23-24, 2012 at Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California
Recorded by Sean Royce Martin
Produced by Doug MacLeod, Janice Mancuso

Doug MacLeod
winner of The 2013 Blues Blast Music Award for Male Artist Of The Year and perennial Blues Music Award nominee, 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.

As a youth he overcame abuse and a crippling stutter by turning to music. After he picked up a guitar, and tried to sing - he found his voice.

While he developed his rich, soulful singing style MacLeod also worked out a unique, unorthodox and powerfully rhythmic acoustic guitar style. The rage of his turbulent 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 29 years, 19 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.

From 1999 to 2004 he hosted Nothin' But The Blues, a very popular weekend blues 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 ten years he penned "Doug's Back Porch," a regular feature column in Blues Revue Magazine in which he shared his humorous and insightful stories with thousands of readers. He won the Golden Note Award in 1997 for his AudioQuest album "You Can't Take My Blues". In 2006 Solid Air/Warner Bros. released Doug's guitar instructional DVD "101* Blues Guitar Essentials".

MacLeod signed with Reference Recordings in 2012. His new 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 from Toano VA. 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."

Booklet for There's A Time

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