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This 23-year-old Alaska-reared artist barbs her song hooks with bluesy riffs and sweetens them with pangs of nostalgia. McCormick knows how to flex her biceps as well as expose her heart — the slinky “Shiver” and the roaring “Addiction” are bare-knuckle rockers of the first order. She tempers her hard edge with jazzy chords (“Things Change”) and buoyant country-pop melodies (“Do Right”). Lyrically, McCormick lives up to her album’s title by admitting her flaws, especially in romantic matters. “Wreck (I Could Change)” and the title tune are poignant expressions of longing and remorse. The hard-throbbing “Pick Up the Phone” channels her lovelorn confusion in a more aggressive direction. McCormick’s vocals are gritty on the uptempo tracks and caressing on the ballads, suggesting k.d. lang in their softer moments. Honest Words benefits from brawny, uncluttered production from studio veteran Dave O’Donnell (of John Mayer and Joss Stone renown). McCormick talks straight and plays with conviction on this impressive first outing, deserving attention from rock, folk and country fans alike.

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Simply one of the best records of the year. The songs are terrific, the guitar playing is amazing. My favorites are Shiver, Wreck, Honest Words and Driveway. I really recommend this record very strongly.

Live Surprise

Saw her live over the weekend as the warm up act for Toad the Wet Sprocket. Never heard of her before that, and was blown away. Unbelievable talent. These are great songs, and I couldn't believe her guitar playing. Buy it and see her live if you get the chance.


so real. so true. i love this album and cant wait to see what more she has in store!! love love love it


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A Nashville-based singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Megan McCormick grew up in a musical family, picking up the guitar at the age of nine (she also plays lap steel guitar, mandolin, and bass), quickly working her way through style after style on the instrument, from blues, folk, and country to jazz and straight-out rock & roll. By the age of 12 she was already gigging in a band with her cousins. At the age of 15 she moved to Wasilla, AK (Sarah Palin's hometown) and began playing with a progressive...
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