Doug MacLeod

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

21 April 1946, New York City, New York, USA. A singer-songwriter whose unadulterated enthusiasm for his craft has won him many fans, MacLeod prefers to rely on original material rather than blues standards to impress. Yet he was originally inhibited by a severe lack of confidence, to the extent that he would disguise his own songs as obscure selections from Muddy Waters’ or Howlin’ Wolf’s back catalogue. As a child MacLeod’s family moved to St. Louis, where he had the opportunity to watch B.B. King perform. He was subsequently heavily influenced by Ernest Banks, a guitarist and singer from Toano, Vancouver, whom MacLeod met in the navy. While in service he also played around the east coast coffee house scene, performing acoustic sets alongside singers such as Emmylou Harris and Juice Newton.

MacLeod enrolled at the Berklee College Of Music before leaving the east coast in 1974. He took whatever musical work was on offer in...

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