There’s a Time

A master of amused resignation, like all the best bluesmen, Doug MacLeod is as fine a phrase turner and joke maker as he is a string bender and drawling crooner—and that’s saying something. On his latest album—the umpteenth in a career rife with accolades and collaborations with genre greats—the 66-year-old hangs with good-time girls (“Rosa Lee”) and strolls on the dark side (“Run With the Devil”). Whether living it up feeling low-down, MacLeod charms with affected Southern street-rat vocals and taut, tasteful, virtuosic acoustic guitar playing. “Dubb’s Talking Religion Blues” is a sly hoot with a great message and kicker of a closing line. MacLeod’s golden rule: Treat others well—and leave ’em with a smile.


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