if you haven’t yet heard of ladell mclin, you will.” -Real Blues Magazine
Music blazes through ladell mclin’s veins. This guitar mastermind who has been described by critics as “a cross between Lenny Kravitz, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix”, is rocking the foundations of music world with a trademark style and edgy sound that are unmistakably his own.
Born and raised on the southside of Chicago, known as the birthplace of Chicago blues, Ladell Mclin dubbed one of the last disciples of traditional Chicago blues, Ladell Mclin has played guitar since the tender age of 12. Guitarist emeritus of that scene, he has showcased his talents countless times in performance, including four appearances at the world famous Apollo Theater and with Carlos Santana, B.B. King, and Robert Randolph at the renowned Montreux Music Festival and Son’s d’ hiver festival in Paris. During Ladell’s formative years, his older brother taught him drums and by age 11 was his roadie when his brother toured with James Cotton, Lefty Dizz, a.c. Reid, and Junior Wells.
But the guitar became Ladell’s first true love, and by age 19 he was hired to play with Eddy Burks. He went on to perform at blues venues throughout the midwest, including a residency at Buddy Guy’s legends from 1997 to 1999. Since then there have been critical artistic collaborations Buddy Miles, Vernon Reid, Paul Schafer, John Primer from Muddy Waters’s band, DMC of Run-Dmc and many others…
ln 2010, “echapees belles : sur la route du blues avec Ladell Mclin” was released on channel france 5, a two-part saga following Ladell as he traced the history of Blues along legendary highway 61. The documentary continues to air regularly in France, Germany, Switzerland, and additional french territories. With one solo album under his belt (standout), his sophomore album l am a King is a nod to his indigenous Chicago Blues roots. The anticipated studio album was released in, 2014 on a french label Aztec Music.. Ladell has been touring in France for the past year with Manu Lanvin and his band this year and working on a new project called blues for Nelson Mandela soon to be released. Ladell Mclin is currently on tour and recording in europe !
A KING IS BORN…
Documentary film sur la route du blues avec LADELL MCLIN
live @ Strasbourg Woodstock Guitares 2017