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.
As accompanist to Sam Chatmon, Doc MacLean lived in Hollandale, Mississippi. Here, and along the Delta down to Vicksburg, he met seers, doctors, queens, deacons, and preachers. Catfish sellers. Players. Good time girls. Later, working South Carolina with Peg Leg Sam, he became known as an entertainer of bootleggers and bandits. In Georgia's piedmont Doc MacLean played out with the Rev Pearly Brown, a blind street singer. On the American festival circuit Doc MacLean often appeared with Mose Scarlett. For the next fifteen years he lead Doctor Limbo and His Fabulous Off-Whites, a nine piece "vaudeville, country blues, Memphis-New Orleans jump band." Today, after nearly thirty years on the road, Doc MacLean is being rediscovered by a new generation of Delta blues audiences. Doc MacLean. Delta Blues. It don't have a lot to do with slick tour buses and loud new guitars.