Date(s) - 07/28/2024
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Heartwood Soundstage


Doug MacLeod is a prolific singer, songwriter, engaging storyteller, and masterful guitarist, and he has become one of today’s most award-winning and loved acoustic Blues artists still touring today. And Doug returns to Gainesville, Florida to play Heartwood Soundstage, Gainesville’s finest listening room, courtesy of the North Central Florida Blues Society.

Doug is an international touring artist who writes and sings original songs that are based on his own life and experiences. He learned from the old masters and carries forward a valuable tradition. Doug subscribes to the philosophies he learned from country Bluesman Ernest Banks: “Never play a note you don’t believe” and “Never write or sing about what you don’t know about.”

Doug is an eight-time Blues Music Award winner, including the 2024 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Album Of The Year Raw Blues 1 and the 2023 the Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist Of The Year.

“Like all great Blues men, MacLeod lives his music, and the songs are not just on the tips of his fingers and tongue, they are one with his being.
– Blues Music Magazine

“Simplicity. Honesty. A wealth of Blues feeling. He’s a gem.”
– All Music Guide

Opening the show, his first for the North Central Florida Blues Society, is Bill Ricci.

Bill Ricci is an acoustic Blues singer/songwriter that has received much acclaim, including 2023 nominations from the Songwriters Showcases of America for Songwriter of The Year and Musician of The Year for Guitar.

He has performed at legendary Blues clubs, including the Historic Tap Room on Beale Street in Memphis, and at Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi. This will be his FIRST Heartwood Soundstage performance.

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