Doug MacLeod performs March 10 at Emerson House for Charlotte’s Web

Doug MacLeod

Staff Report

Doug MacLeod was first introduced to Charlotte’s Web by Mark Thompson of Crossroads Blues Society. He made his debut at JustGoods in 2010, and if you are a fan of troubadour blues, don’t miss this appearance, for he is a true master. He will perform at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 10, at Emerson House, 420 N. Main St., Rockford.

Doug MacLeod is a singer-songwriter in the American tradition, a traveling artist who writes and sings original songs based on his own life and experiences. He learned from the old masters, lived the music, survived the life and carries forward a valuable tradition. MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm, soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. He has a gift for storytelling, bringing characters — from the faceless to the legendary — to strikingly real life. While developing his rich, soulful voice, MacLeod also worked out a unique, unorthodox and powerfully rhythmic acoustic guitar style, due in large part to pent-up rage from his turbulent childhood and the segregation drama in his then-new home of St. Louis. The rage of his youth was eventually channeled through his guitar, with his own brand of fingerstyle technique.

MacLeod’s playing landed him sideman gigs with George “Harmonica” Smith, Big Joe Turner, Pee Wee Crayton, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Lowell Fulson and Big Mama Thornton. Under their tutelage, he learned how to thrill and enrapture a crowd. Over 28 years, 18 studio albums, several live records, compilations, a blues guitar instructional DVD and a live performance DVD, MacLeod has consistently earned raves.

Like the old masters who taught him, MacLeod’s music expresses life and times via an intangible, elusive quality that may simply be a keen sense of what matters most. There is a philosophic and healing side to MacLeod’s music and his stories that has helped others overcome the hardships of their lives. Come and enjoy this multi-talented artist!

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Advance tickets are available at: Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State, (815) 963-6765; both Postal Shoppe locations: Edgebrook Center, (815) 397-7301 and 2205 S. Perryville, (815) 484-0940 and JustGoods, 201 Seventh St., (815) 965-8903; Nikki’s Café, 604 Pleasant St., Beloit, Wis., (608) 207-3101; or by mail: send a check and SASE to P.O. Box 765, Rockford, IL 61105-0765. Indicate artist or performance date on check. Credit card payment accepted only at via PayPal. A $1 ticket processing fee is included. Print your receipt. Info: Call (815) 964-2238.

From the March 7-13, 2012, issue

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