The Westies w/ Paul Marinaro - 7/27
at City Winery Chicago
Last December a few friends got together in Nashville to record a bunch of songs. Songs about love, betrayal, murder, hope and redemption. The session started off casually. As the songs and the sound began to unwind an album was realized. Lex Price produced and engineered. The Westies were born a few months later when a band was put together to play the songs live. The Westies are:
Johnny Darkstar – Guitar, Vox
JP – Guitars: Pedal, Lap, Steel and Mandolin
Heather Murphy – Fiddle, Vox
Magic Mikey - Bass
Bobby D - Drums
Engine Dan – Piano and Organ
The album will be released in the fall of 2013 and they’ll be playing a few shows here and there leading up to it. That’s about it for now. Oh, except that the reference point for the band’s name is not cute little white puppies. It’s the ruthless gang of Irish American punks that ruled and terrorized Hell’s Kitchen in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s. Call it, “ameri-gangsta-cana.”
About Michael McDermott
Throughout his career, Michael McDermott has released one fantastic album after another. Press heavyweights such as The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Weekly and Paste Magazine have continued to pay him high praise. Michael's new album, Hit Me Back, sparkles with the maturity of an accomplished writer and it is song for song the best work of his career. One listen to the “I Know A Place”, “Ever After” and “Where The River Meets The Sea” confirms that praise and acclaim is warranted.
It's been quite a ride since McDermott’s talent for mature and lyrically dense songwriting was first released with his first album, 620 West Surf. The record boasted a Billboard Hot 100 charting single, “A Wall I Must Climb”. Influenced by such musical giants as Bob Dylan and Van Morrison, McDermott continued to write introspective, character-driven songs that won him an enduring band of appreciative followers along the way. McDermott’s songs have appeared in TV, Radio, Movies and even books such as Stephen King’s “ Insomnia”. Year after year McDermott’s albums make year-end lists for both songs and albums. Though mainstream success has eluded him thus far, McDermott seems hardly deterred.McDermott tours extensively and his audience documents every performance’s twists and turns on his website’s message board. Look for McDermott to perform in Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Wisconsin in the coming months.