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.
There's folks ask questions about Delta. Same questions they lookin' for in their bibles, their bottles, their roadhouse. You either on the inside or the outside. Don't matter if you rich or poor. Can't buy it. Can't strap it on like some storebought thing. Can't look for it. It just come to you when the time is right. Sometimes plugged in, sometimes not. Sometimes with harmonicas, bones, washboards, piano. Sometimes with a bottleneck, sometimes not. Some on standard guitars, some on National guitars in old, cross tunings. Some in the footsteps of mentors like Son House, spirits like Charlie Patton, some not. Doc MacLean. Delta Blues. Solo, or louder. It's rough and it's smooth and it's bread floating on the water.