After establishing himself in bands with Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, and James "Blood" Ulmer,

Ladell McLin moved to New York City and ever since has delivered his own brand of


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Ladell McLin onstage at the Montreux Jazz Festival (2011)

            Since his being the focus of a French documentary called "Road to the Blues," Ladell has become a regular at the Montreux Jazz Festival. This summer will be his third consequtive appearance at the event.

           Just before Ladell’s Art Deco Weekend 2012 performance he had just finished a tour of Europe, Russia, and the Caribbean, which included a show at The Montreux Jazz Festival, where in addition to his own band's performance, he sat in with B.B. King, Carlos Santana, John McLaughlin, Derek Trucks and other virtuosic guitarists as part of the Montreux Jazz Festival’s Tribute to B.B. King.

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Ladell has been described as one of the last in an illustrative line of artists who were said to have defined the sound of electrified blues.

           Hearing Ladell, it’s no wonder he’s been compared to legendary players such as BUDDY GUY, ALBERT KING, MUDDY WATERS, STEVIE RAY VAUGHN, and (of course) JIMI HENDRIX.

           Having played with both BUDDY MILES, and BILLY COX, it is easy to imagine Ladell as the leader of a BAND OF 21st-CENTURY GYPSIES.