Doug was born in New York City and was in his early teens when his family moved to St. Louis, where he first heard the blues. In the mid-60's he enlisted in the Navy, and while stationed at Norfolk, VA., began to play acoustic country blues in the coffeehouses in Virginia and Maryland. Following his service in the Navy, Doug attended The Berklee School of Music. The next few years he explored jazz, played the blues guitar part for the road show Grease, and even led Mary MacGregor's band following her pop hit "Torn Between Two Lovers" before returning to his roots and his first love. After a meeting with Shakey Jake Harris in 1978, Doug began playing the blues in the Los Angeles area ----an encouraging encounter with Juke Logan at this time was also instrumental in Doug's return to blues.
"Never play a note you don't believe." That's the advice a one-eyed country blues singer named Ernest Banks from Toano, VA. gave long ago to singer-songwriter guitarist Doug MacLeod, who has since emerged as one of the most highly respected blues artists on the scene today. You can check out Doug's own website if you want to know more about this talented musician...Here's Doug's email.
Fortunately, Doug crossed paths with John "Juke" Logan, and as the years progressed, these two finally put it together that such like minded musicians might ought to get together on stage...."'Live' As It Gets" is a product of that union. Doug appears courtesy of AudioQuest Music.
"Cross an extraordinary acoustic blues guitarist with a savvy singer/songwriter, and you've got Doug MacLeod."
- Living Blues
"MacLeod learned the blues from the street corner up."
-National Public Radio