DOUG MCLEOD – BREAK THE CHAIN – 180G VINYL
Winner of the 2018 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Album of the Year!
Nominated for the 2018 Blues Blast Music Awards Acoustic Blues Album of the Year
The Absolute Sound: 4/5 music 5/5 sound
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Downbeat Magazine
Living Blues Magazine Top 50 releases of 2017
Audiophilia Album of 2017
In this release, his third album for Reference Recordings, Doug MacLeod continues to explore the breadth and depth of the human condition. Recorded by Reference’s Grammy-winning engineer ‘Prof.’ Keith O. Johnson at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, California, Break The Chain has twelve new MacLeod songs. Each is extremely personal and at the same time, universal; covering subjects topical, humorous, and soulful; from the satirical to the sublime.
The title work, Break The Chain, composed and performed with his son Jesse, focuses on breaking the cycle of family violence and abuse. A powerful concern all too many are familiar with, Doug and Jesse confront this pervasive issue directly and personally, bringing it out of the shadows. Together, they share the healing, reconciliation, and peace available to all who work to prevent the cycle from repeating and to Break The Chain.
The album is co-produced by Doug MacLeod and Janice Mancuso. Bassist Denny Croy, drummer Jimi Bott, and percussionist Oliver Brown join Doug in duo, trio and quartet settings. Like all ‘Prof.’ Johnson’s sessions, Break The Chain was recorded live, in real-time, with no overdubs or effects. This premium 2-LP set will thrill all vinyl-loving audiophiles and blues fans! Also available on compact disc with HDCD (RR-141), and as high-resolution and conventional downloads.
A prolific singer, songwriter, engaging storyteller, and masterful guitarist, Doug is a perennial Blues Music Award nominee and multiple Blues Music Award winner including Acoustic Artist Of The Year and Acoustic Album of the Year. An active touring artist, MacLeod supports his beloved St. Louis Cardinals during baseball season and, when at home, enjoys cooking for wife Patti Joy.