Delta Blues. It whispers and shouts of places beyond flesh and bone. Doc MacLean was accompanist to some of the Mississippi's finest Delta songsters. Today, nearly thirty years after his first acoustic recordings and blues festival appearances, Doc MacLean is being rediscovered by a new generation of Delta blues audiences.
Twenty five years ago, when it was a whole lot easier to get your head blown off, Doc MacLean was hanging out with Son House, Peg Leg Sam The Medicine Show Man, Robert Pete Williams, Bukka White and Blind John Davis. With partner Colin Linden, Doc MacLean recorded for the Chicago based Flying Fish label and accompanied a truly remarkable- and historical- array of country blues artists. In a relentless ramble across America, Doc played with many of the greatest country blues artists who were still alive in the 1970's. Storefronts with Sunnyland Slim, lounges with Little Brother Montgomery, festivals with Roosevelt Sykes, jukes with guys like Peg Leg Sam and Jack Owens. Along the way he met artists such as Willie Dixon, Yank Rachel, Henry Townsend and 'Sippi Wallace. With Colin Linden, Doc MacLean became a popular opener for Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, and for Muddy Waters. Doc MacLean. Slam delta with a hair trigger smilin' at the moon.