I don’t know about you, but good music has amazing qualities and affects me in ways nothing else can. When I was contacted about writing this review, I was just finishing up back to back shifts at my “job” and was about to slip into an exhaustion induced nap. Not wanting to let anyone down, and wanting to be a “team player” I somewhat reluctantly agreed to write this review and, in a way, pitied the subject because I clearly was not at my best and not really in the correct mood to listen to music. I suspected that whatever I heard would not merit a positive review. I got the link on my smartphone and the music began. Within 30 seconds, I was wide awake and felt better than I had in days.
From midway in the first verse of the first song, I knew there was something special about what I was hearing. This was not your typical indie production in any way, shape or form. You can just tell when veteran musicians bring it all to their performance. Like a world class athlete leaving it all on the field, this band clearly had left it all in the studio. I was so excited, I went to my computer to research the group and try to discover why I had not heard them before. As it turns out, I had herd this “band” before as they had created some of the most memorable and enjoyable music of the past (dare I say it) 40 years. First, however, let me give credit where it is due. Pat McGee has written an incredible collection of songs for this, his 10th album. The Pat McGee Band was formed in 1995 and between the recording of ten albums (2 on a major label) the band has maintained a relentless touring schedule.
This particular collection of songs, all written by Pat, was influenced by the classic albums he, I, and millions of fans grew up listening to. We are talking about albums by Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Warren Zevon, Fleetwood Mac, Karla Bonoff, Linda Ronstadt, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and the list could go on and on… and on. Armed with this collection of songs, what better way to bring them to life, than hiring the band that created all that great music in the first place.
Uncle Duke; a.k.a. Rob Penland is the producer and host of "The Mad Music Asylum" a 4 hour weekly syndicated radio show and now a 24 hour streaming internet station.