Living Blues reviews Doug MacLeod’s Fresh! release “Brand New Eyes“:
“What’s remarkable about Doug MacLeod’s music is the stuff you don’t hear. MacLeod does not dabble in filler or extraneous patter. He’s a master of direct, Delta-inspired storytelling, with an audible foot tap present throughout and a National Reso-Phonic guitar upon his hip speaking in steel-timbered tongues…
“MacLeod exudes credibility, passion, and a quiet fire of artistic expression… MacLeod’s sense of optimism is evident from the get-go with the album’s title track. “I’m looking at the same old world, seeing with brand new eyes” he attests, while seeming to sprout a couple of extra fingers on his right hand in a cyclone of picking—Piedmont-meets-bluegrass-style shredding that is no doubt a hot topic at his guitar workshops…
“The Sunday morning– style promise in MacLeod’s sturdy voice, which brilliantly segues into a soft falsetto for added effect, is also evident in the space and steely echo between guitar passages. He hits home with the line “there’s so damn much that the blues can do.”
“Doug MacLeod conveys shades of dark and light through his fingers. His labyrinth-like slide/picking hybrid is eclipsed only by his honesty, which is ingrained in every song he sings.”
Read the (fantastic) full review on LivingBlues.com!
Brand New Eyes
FRESH! FROM REFERENCE RECORDINGS
Make sure to check out eleven original songs by Doug MacLeod recorded at Pacifica Studios and mastered by Grammy® winner, Keith O. Johnson.
Track Listing: Brand New Eyes, Something Dark is Walking, The Train of Change, Midnight in Memphis, Zu-Zu Woman, One Eyed Owl, Somewhere South of Somewhere (instrumental), I Rolled a Nickel, The Nature of the Man. Some Old Blues Song (aka I Can Count on My Blues). Welcome In Your Home