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Chatting with blues musician Ladell McLin

Ladell McLin discusses his musical influences; growing up on the south side of Chicago; the blues scene in America; Nelson Mandela and the blues in the civil rights movement; President Donald Trump; and he played a blues song (22:22).

Ladell McLlin at Woodstock Guitares

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By Jose Oliveira and Rosine Alleva, Rock At Night Journalists/Photographers, Colmar, France

Ladell McLlin at Woodstock Guitares

Sharing some time with the guitarist, singer, and songwriter Ladell McLin near Colmar at Woodstock Guitars February 4th.

I had the chance to meet LADELL McLIN, this amazing blues guitar player but above all a born blues lover. His style is a mixture between Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix and Lenny Kravitz. The interview took place in the great Woodstock Guitars shop and Ladell McLin even took a Martin guitar and played something for me.

It’s on the South Side of Chicago, where he was born that he first began to play drums with his brother. His father and brother were already accompanying legends like Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and later Buddy Guy and Junior Wells. LADELL McLIN began to play with a guitar left at home and this is how he discovered his own way to express the blues. He learned a lot on stage playing with Koko Taylor band, Johnny Guitar Watson band or even Buddy Guy himself.  He appeared on many recordings before releasing his own albums. When he moved to New York, he toured the world as the James Blood Ulmer guitarist. He began his solo career in 2005 with the release of his first album Stand Out, acclaimed by many international publications.  Since then, he delighted the European public but he also performed in Canada or Africa. In 2009, the French film director Michel Viotte asked Ladell Mclin to be the focus of a documentary on the influence of the blues in American culture “Sur la route du blues” (on the Road  to the Blues).  He also participated to the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2011 where he played with big blues names such as BB KING, Robert Randolph, John McLauglin, Santana, Susan Tedeschi, Dereck Trucks. If you didn’t hear about Ladell McLin until today, you will discover a wonderful musician but also a great human being.

(With the kind collaboration of Rosine ALLEVA)


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Jose Oliveira
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France, Germany and Portugal Correspondent I was born in Portugal and lived the Sixties exploring the great UK Rock magazines: "The New Musical Express" and "Melody Maker". Ray Charles and Pat Boone were my father’s fav. I became “The Great Pretender”. Cliff Richard was our Elvis Presley. As a beach boy, with my first guitar, I met a beautiful French girl on the beach! It was the Summer of 69!! We got married and rock music was our dowry. In France, I became a Wine Genetic Research Scientist. One of my works contributed to the decoding of the genome of the vine! As a rock journalist, I’ve worked twenty years for the Portuguese and Brazilian Rock Press. I ‘ve interviewed so many great artists. Then, one day I met FRANK ZAPPA! I got into trouble for introducing my wife to "Uncle Meat"!

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