FRIENDS OF ROOM 17 PRODUCTIONS
DAVID M. MCLEAN
David M. Mclean is without a doubt the current single leading force in the central Kentucky music scene by creating, organizing, and producing many top shelf events which benefit regional musicians and the arts in general. Affectionately dubbed “The Pied Piper” by Room 17 Productions, his ability to lead large groups of people into attending highly entertaining and time worthy events is amazing. He has his hands in SO MANY endeavors it is absolutely mind boggling.
He is the creator, organizer and producer of the Lexington Music Awards and the Lexi-Fest concert series. He founded Skinny Devil Music Lab Academy of Guitar which is a nationally recognized guitar instruction program, endorsed by the Gibson Foundation and YMCA-USA, that offers certifications for both players and instructors. Also under the “Skinny Devil” umbrella are: Skinny Devil Mobile Recording, Skinny Devil Magazine, Skinny Devil Booking, his blog – Skinny Devil Universe, Skinny Devil Records, and Skinny Devil Composition. He also conducts the “Guitar Gods” interview series, where he has interviewed over 50 guitar greats, from unknown gurus to Grammy Award winners. David is also for hire as both a performing and studio recording guitarist.
David “Skinny Devil” Mclean, grew up in San Antonio, and calls himself an “Army brat”…moving to many locations throughout his youth. He landed in Lexington in 2000 and has called it his home ever since. Whatever you do, don’t challenge him to a push up or chin up contest, he will beat you every time!
As a solo performer, band-leader, and sideman, David has worked with or shared the stage with many notable artists, including Foghat, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Lori Lieberman, Paul Di’Anno of Iron Maiden, Grammy winning bluegrass legend JD Crowe, jazz great Miles Osland, Muriel Anderson, Tom Rush, Michael Johnathon, Grammy winner Suzy Bogguss, Ben Sollee, J.P. Pennington, Rhonda Vincent, blues legend Guy Davis, Steve Wickham, Valerie June, McLain Family Band, and more, on stages, TV (local and national), and radio.
David’s main focus and efforts these days are centered around providing as many opportunities as he can for people to work in the music business and to make a positive impact in all areas of music and the arts. He is, to us here at Room 17 Productions, a tireless, selfless, true American hero! We are proud to call him our friend.