David M. McLean is an American guitarist, music instructor, producer, and music entrepreneur originally from San Antonio, TX, and based in Lexington, KY. He is best known for Skinny Devil Music Lab, an umbrella organization under which he composes, performs, records, teaches, produces, and more.
David is the founder of the SDML Academy of Guitar, built upon his approach to teaching guitar in an efficient way, leveraging on student strengths and developing the fastest pathways to reaching their goals.
As a solo performer, band-leader, and sideman, he has also worked with or shared the stage with many notable artists, including Foghat, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Lori Lieberman, Paul Di'Anno of Iron Maiden, JD Crowe, Muriel Anderson, Tom Rush, Michael Johnathon, Suzy Bogguss, Ben Sollee, J.P. Pennington, Rhonda Vincent, Guy Davis, Steve Wickham,Michael Martin Murphey, Pat Flynn, Si Kahn, Red Molly, Valerie June, and more, on stages, TV (local and national), radio, and the like. David also performed in the Lexington, KY musician tribute to the late Prince.
He performs concert sets as well as master classes and clinics on songwriting, improvisation, hand-drums, music business, and more, across the southeastern US, appearing at private venues, music stores, high schools, and universities.
His students have shared stages with Norah Jones, Judy Collins, Tommy Emmanuel, Pat Benatar, BB King, GooGoo Dolls, Loe Kottke, Ritchie Havens, Amy Grant, JJ Grey, Kenny Loggins, Taj Mahal, Bozz Scaggs, Bela Fleck, Grace Askew, LeeAnn Womack, Lucinda Williams, Gov'T Mule, 3 Doors Down, Mark O'Connor, the Ramones, Jake Shimabukuro, 7 Mary 3, Frank Vignola, Michael Martin Murphy, Black Crows, Craig Morgan, Michelle Shocked, Cindi Lauper, Dustin Lynch, Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul, & Mary), Jefferson Starship, Punch Brothers, Chapin Sisters, Victor Wooten, Exile, Rodney Atkins, Andy McKee, Emmylou Harris, Grammy Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson, Joan Baez, and more They have studied at major music universities including Morehead State University, NYU, Belmont University, EKU, Vandercook College of Music, WKU, Berklee College of Music, and have appeared on TV shows like The Voice, Woodsongs Oldtime Radio Hour, Chasing Nashville, and more.
In addition to producing albums and performing as a sideman (guitar, bass, percussion, keyboards, vocals) on numerous recordings, David has released (as band member or solo artist) a dozen albums, all now available via Skinny Devil Records.