Roy Book Binder
JORMA KAUKONEN included Roy’s songs on his last two RED HOUSE RECORDS.
Roy has appeared on TNN’s NASHVILLE NOW (TV SHOW), 30 times with many of Country Music’s bigest legends and has toured nationaly with BONNIE RAITT, JJ CALE & HOT TUNA…you name it, he’s done it!
The Book left Grenwich Village in 1976, moved into a tour bus and lived on the road for the next 15 years! Roy borrowed from his heroes to become a distinct voice in the Blues and Folk music world. “The stories are as good as the songs”, said The Sydney Morning Herald in Australia.
He has appeared at THE NATIONAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL in Jonesborough Tn.,numerous times! …. as well as THE CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL, THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL and THE KING BISCUIT BLUES FESTIVAL.
At MERLEFEST, The Book has hosted the acoustic blues stage for the past 16 years and he has been inviited more than a few times to appear at world famous, PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL…..including the 40th anniversary and the 50th anniversary!
Roy Book Binder has been to Hell & back….(Blues Festival in Hell Norway last August)
But he is still out on the road entertaining audiences around the world, where he is well known as a SINGING-SONGWRITING-SORYTELLING-FINGERPICKIN’ BLUES LEGEND.
“Like all great blues men, MacLeod lives his music, and the songs are not just on the tips of his fingers and tongue, they are one with his being.”
– Blues Music Magazine
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.”
As Pee Wee Crayton’s widow Esther once told Doug, “You have a message and you’ll send that message mainly to the people who don’t go to church.” Amen.