Multiple Blues Music Award winner, including the 2020 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist Of The Year and the 2018 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Album Of The Year Break The Chain, Doug MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. At the heart of a Doug MacLeod performance is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters-from the faceless to the legendary-to strikingly real life.
Doug is an international touring artist who writes and sings original songs that are based on his own life and experiences; as a youth, Doug overcame abuse and a crippling stutter by turning to music. After picking up a guitar and singing, Doug found his voice.
Like the old masters who taught him, MacLeod's music expresses life and times through an intangible, elusive quality that may simply be a keen sense of what matters most. Doug's music, stories, and philosophy provide a healing that has helped others overcome the hardships of their lives. He says the most important lessons he learned as a young musician came from Ernest Banks a one-eyed country bluesman from Toano, VA.
"Never play a note you don't believe and never write or sing about what you don't know about."
A true master of his craft, his songs have been covered by many artists including Albert King, Albert Collins, Joe Louis Walker and Eva Cassidy and MacLeod's songs have been featured in many TV movies and the hit show In the Heat of the Night.
His new album A SOUL TO CLAIM with producer Jim Gaines will be released in 2022.
"Doug MacLeod is an acoustic roots master” - Elwood Blues aka Dan Aykroyd
"Doug MacLeod - Now there's a man who can really play the blues." - David Honeyboy Edwards