February 24, Saturday, Ft Myers, DOUG MACLEOD, BILL METTS OPENING,  Americana Community Music Association concert, ACMA Listening Room at All Faiths Unitarian Congregation, 2756 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 7-9:30pm, donation $15/$20

Location ACMA Concerts - All Faiths Unitarian Congregation
2756 MacGregor Blvd
Ft Myers
(239) 226-0900
“Doug MacLeod is an acoustic roots master. He has been using guitars
and voice to create his own unique musical vision for over fifty
– Elwood Blues aka
Dan Aykroyd”.
– The Bluesmobile
Radio Show
The ACMA is proud to welcome Multple Blues Music Award Winner Doug MacLeod back to our stage. Doug may be billed a “bluesman”, but he will tell you that he thinks of himself as Americana. The ACMA likes to say BluesAcana!
MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. At the heart of a Doug MacLeod performance is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters-from the faceless to the legendary-to strikingly real life.

Doug is a multiple Blues Music Award winner, most recently the 2017 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist Of The Year and the Blues Blast Music Award for Male Artist Of The Year.

He is an international touring artist who writes and sings original songs that are based on his own life and experiences. He learned from the old masters and carries forward a valuable tradition.

As a youth Doug overcame abuse and a crippling stutter by turning to music. After picking up a guitar, and singing – he found his voice.

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. Over 30 years, 21 studio albums, several live records, compilations, a blues guitar instructional DVD and a live performance DVD, MacLeod has consistently earned raves. His songs have been covered by many artists including Albert King, Albert Collins, Joe Louis Walker and Eva Cassidy. MacLeod’s songs have been featured in many TV movies and the hit show In the Heat of the Night. August Wilson requested his soulful slide guitar playing in the Los Angeles opening of “Gem of the Ocean”.

From 1999 to 2004 Doug hosted Nothin’ But The Blues, a very popular weekend blues show on Los Angeles’ KLON-KKJZ. He has also been the voice for The Blues Showcase on Continental Airlines. For ten years he penned “Doug’s Back Porch,” a regular feature column in Blues Revue Magazine in which he shared his humorous and insightful stories with thousands of readers. He is one of the four featured artists in the movie “Resonate: A Guitar Story”, the feature documentary on the making of National Guitars.

Like the old masters who taught him, MacLeod’s music expresses life and times through an intangible, elusive quality that may simply be a keen sense of what matters most. Doug’s music, stories, and philosophy provide a healing that has helped others overcome the hardships of their lives.

Doug subscribes to the philosophies he learned from country bluesman Ernest Banks of Toano, VA. “Never play a note you don’t believe” and “Never write or sing about what you don’t know about.”

The ACMA’s own “bluesacana” musican Bill Metts opens the show. A founding member of the ACMA, Bill has been instrumental in the support of original independent music in our area. He’s deeply involved in HopeBySong and lends his time and talents to the Oak Hammock Middle School Guitar project. Please join us as we welcome Bill Metts once again to our stage.