Ladell McLin
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Ladell McLin

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"Lightnight Blues Lives..."

"Yes, Ladell's music bears a striking resemblance to that of Jimi Hendrix, and no, there is nothing wrong with that"

"...Ladel McLin is an original, and one listen of Stand Out shows the results of a lifetime of calluses and sweat. He has had to overcome much adversity to release this debut, and he deserves to be appreciated as an individual. If you’re a fan of the Blues, and particularly enamored with face melting guitar solos, Stand Out is an album that should hold a place of honor in your crowded record collection. Keep it on the top of the pile, listen over and again, and maybe you too will feel inspired to face daily challenges with the spirit of a true maverick." - Amsterdam News - by Craig Cook

"Ladell McLin: Stand Out"

"If you haven’t yet heard of Ladell McLin, you will. He is the New Era Blues Messiah we’ve all been waiting for. Now he may wince at a title such as that, but I speak of the overall monumental impact that this young man will have on the world and very soon it will come.

Yes, he’s got it all folks; thunderous Blues guitar playing as though ‘channeling’ God, supremely superb vocals and songwriting skills and charisma as marketable as water in the Sahara Desert. He will become a mega-star with the under-30 audience, yet he will also be admired and respected by those of us who remember when Music Meant Something socially, politically and spiritually."

"..For the under-30 audience, this will be the door-opener for journeys into Blues...and I feel compelled to say, ..Thank you..." - Real Blues Magazine

"Worth Keeping An Eye On"

...On his album, McLin displays a fine sense of rock guitar playing. Although fresh and void of many of he cliches players fall into (ala Walter Trout), McLin lacks the vast vocabulary licks of a Bonamassa and leans a bit towards the raw emotional verve of Mato Naiji. A refreshing ten tracks in length, McLin whips out his best "Hendrix-fronts AC/DC" on the eighth track, "TNT." On the tenth track, "Universe" McLin joins with Living Color's Vernon Reid and album producer B. Devine for an extended track featuring some hot guitar jams with form & substance. This is a good album that will appeal to blues-rock/Hendrix fans. I don't know that McLin has covered any new ground but he's certainly laid a base for an exciting future: one worth keeping an eye on. - KIWR: PS Blues & Americana

"Wake Up!"

"I played Ladell McLin's album, Stand Out, in its entirety on my radio show, Wake Up And Rock, yesterday morning on KPFT in Huston. I started it at 5:00am and thought I was going to lean back and enjoy listening to it all the way through again, but my listening pleasure was interrupted repeatedly by listeners calling in to thank me for playing an entire album of such cool music!"
- KPFT Radio - Laura Slavin


"Stand Out" - 2005



Ladell McLin is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter originally from the South Side of Chicago.

Ladell has been described as a cross between Lenny Kravitz, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix, with a lot of cosmic consciousness that takes you traveling. He possesses an unforgettable soulful guitar feel and his hellified solos leave you unable to exhale until he’s through with you.

When Ladell was 16, an opportunity came, on one of his brother Andre’s jobs, as the guitar player in a Chicago blues club decided to slip away with a girlfriend for a few minutes.

"He asked me if I wanted to come up and play," Ladell recalls. "My brother said it was okay. The bass player got upset; he didn't think I'd know what to play. But I held my own. Then the other guitar player came back and said, 'You sound good. Keep playing.' And that was cool."

Encouraged, Ladell began to stretch out more often around town. He sat in with blues guitar master, playwright, and educator Fernando Jones and his brother Foree Superstar. His performance earned him a place in their band. He began to jam at Buddy Guy's Legends, the city's and arguably the world's top spot for blues.

Initiated into the house band at Legends, McLin learned onstage from the best in the business: Koko Taylor, Johnny "Guitar” Watson, and Buddy Guy himself. He even got to play at the prestigious Chicago Blues Festival while still in his teens, sharing the stage with Fernando Jones, Derek Trucks, and Pine Top Perkins.

When he hit the road with Eddie Burks for an engagement at Tramp's in New York, his life took a permanent turn.

"Chicago is a huge city, but when I got to New York I was amazed, like a deer in front of a car," he laughs. "I said to myself, 'I think I can live here.' And a couple of years later I just woke up one day and said, 'That's it. I'm moving to New York.'"

Currently, Ladell is in the studio working on his second album, Vital Soundz. Also, Ladell is teaching music with Road Recovery. Road Recovery is dedicated to helping young people battle addiction and other adversities by harnessing the influence of entertainment industry professionals who have confronted similar crises and now wish to share their experiences and knowledge.

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