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Narrow House

by Doc MacLean

Contemporary Delta/Roots.
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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1. Bone Train
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2. By Degree
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3. Charlie James' Blues
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4. Johnson Terraplane
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5. Three Cards on a Coffin
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6. Angola Prison Rodeo
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7. Narrow House
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8. Dead Men Walking
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9. Ain't She Pretty
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10. Who's Gonna Love You
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Album Notes
Doc is a weathered, wily, but infinitely likeable storyteller/performer. Writing from the dark side of the blues highway, Doc's distinctive vocals and bare fingers National guitar plot an intense, emotional remapping of contemporary Delta and roots music.


Doc MacLean has recently completed a CD with bassist Larry Taylor and drummer percussionist Stephen Hodges, former section of the Tom Waits band. The album, Narrow House, was produced and recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville by Colin Linden. Other guests include Fats Kaplin and the Rev Joe Rice of the Fairfield Four. The disk was mastered by Ray Kennedy of Zen/Twangtrust- the guy who did those great sounding Steve Earle, Delbert McClinton projects, etc.

The year has also seen MacLean perform more than 200 shows including openers for Guy Davis, Big Bill Morganfield, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater, BB King, Duke Robillard, Lucky Peterson, Magic Slim, Tony Furtado, Downchild, Slick Ballinger, Lil’ Ed, Paul Reddick, and Colin Linden.

Son of a civil rights lawyer and a fiddle player, MacLean was by his early teens playing harmonica and washboard in coffeehouses and festivals, and was appearing on radio and television variety shows. In 1972 he formed a duo with another young musician, Colin Linden, and became a popular opener for Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Muddy Waters, and John Hammond.

In his travels Doc met and became friends with many older musicians including Son House, Tampa Red, 'Sippi Wallace, Yank Rachel, Robert Pete Williams, Rev Robert Wilkins and Bukka White. His work as an accompanist included tours and performances with Peg Leg Sam the Medicine Show Man, Blind John Davis, Sunnyland Slim, Little Brother Montgomery, Rev Pearly Brown, the Carter Family and Sam Chatmon.

MacLean, who now divides his time between Toronto and Atlanta, has appeared at significant North American folk and blues festivals from Winnipeg to New Orleans. Radio and television appearances have included national programming such as CNN Today, PBS Morning Pro Musica, CBC 90 Minutes Live, Touch the Earth, and Morningside. "Always on Tour."



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Anthony Rommens

Deep Blues!!!
Fantastic Whiskey Drinkin' Blues for you Momma!!!

Przemek Draheim, Polish Blues & Gospel Radio Host

Essential for deep blues lovers!
Today, when most blues artists play electric, high octane guitar pyrotechnics it is so refreshing to go back to the roots of the blues. “Narrow House” is such a musical trip – deep, deep blues full of emotions. Doc MacLean's National Steel guitar sounds fabulous on all cuts and together with dark lyrics and classy arrangement creates a very special sonic landscape. Production of the album is also first class. For those who love the blues, the real one that is so hard to find today, this album is essential.