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Podcast: Doug MacLeod and the Blues

A Conversation with Doug MacLeod:

Doug MacLeod is a bluesman, which I believe he would consider a great compliment–it certainly is meant that way. His nature comes through in his response to a question posed to him by The Daily Music Break:

I’m really kind of ‘old school’ in the sense that I travel with just one guitar a National M-1 I call Moon ( it does picking, bottlenecking, and all the different tunings) and one suitcase. There was a guy that said I travel just like the old country bluesmen. I said, “Not quite – They hopped trains. That’s a Honda Accord waiting for me out there in the parking lot.”

Doug’s music has been recorded by Albert King, Albert Collins, Eva Cassidy, Son Seals, and Papa John Creach. His work has been featured on made-for-television and the show “In The Heat of The Night” and others.

I had the pleasure of chatting with Doug last week. The dog that chimes in toward the end is mine. It’s amazing how he can sleep all day and wake up and bark precisely when I am doing a podcast.

Above is “Rosa Lee” and below is “You Can’t Take My Blues.” The song at the beginning and end of the podcast is “A Ticket Out.” His website is here.

Homepage photo: Jeff Fasano

Here’s What’s Here

The Daily Music Break explores every genre of music, from hip hop to opera. It's simple: Boundaries are dumb. It's all good. Here is more about the site and here is our index:

--A Tribe Called Quest to The Dick Hyman Trio (In other words, A to H)

--Indigo Girls to Queen Ida (I to Q)

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Reading Music

The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.

Here are some books to check out.

Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.

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What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.

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The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").

David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.

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