Host Jason Wilber get’s right to it in this episode of In Search of a Song, with blues writer, guitarist, and singer Doug MacLeod.
His pedigree as a writer and guitarist includes cuts by Albert King and Albert Collins, as well as a slew of other notable cuts and songs in radio, television and film.
Backing up Chuck Berry at a gig, Doug decided to let go of his first instrument, the bass, in favor of the guitar; not because of a call to the instrument, but because the guitar players got all the girls! But in all seriousness, Doug discusses the crippling stutter he had early on in his life, and how singing alleviated the stutter. He literally decided to try singing, and the stutter was no longer an issue. Thats the kind of story that makes this show so great!
It’s well documented that bluesmen tend to have the greatest stories; it’s something in the DNA of the style and the genre as a whole, and MacLeod is no exception. The hour is filled with witty banter and the kind of lines that only a seasoned bluesman can drop with any authenticity.
Hearing MacLeod let out a full laugh as he regales host Wilbur with these tales from his career let’s you know he not only enjoyed living them, but enjoy a chance to go back and tell the stories again as well. This is truly a pleasurable hour with another unsung purveyor of American music.