9 Songs, 31 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After churning out seven studio albums (and a live one), touring relentlessly, and dealing with various labels since the mid-'90s, it just made more sense for Pat McGee to self-release his eighth album. No Wrong Way to Make It Right finds the Richmond, Va., tunesmith settling into a warm and rootsy kind of twang, void of Nashville’s shiny bells and whistles. “Release” opens with subtly catchy hooks grappling from the chorus melody, while chiming acoustic guitars strum along a lightly distorted electric six-string. But it’s the handsome, three-part vocal harmonies flowing throughout that make this song instantly likeable. The title track follows with more traditional country instrumentation: banjo, fiddles, and a perfectly picked Dobro guitar resonate under McGee’s earnest inflections. Lucy Woodward chimes in on the moving ballad “How We Got Here,” where her honeyed voice upstages the watery pedal-steel notes. Stephen Kellogg and Keaton Simons round out “See You Again” with awesome three-part harmonies.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After churning out seven studio albums (and a live one), touring relentlessly, and dealing with various labels since the mid-'90s, it just made more sense for Pat McGee to self-release his eighth album. No Wrong Way to Make It Right finds the Richmond, Va., tunesmith settling into a warm and rootsy kind of twang, void of Nashville’s shiny bells and whistles. “Release” opens with subtly catchy hooks grappling from the chorus melody, while chiming acoustic guitars strum along a lightly distorted electric six-string. But it’s the handsome, three-part vocal harmonies flowing throughout that make this song instantly likeable. The title track follows with more traditional country instrumentation: banjo, fiddles, and a perfectly picked Dobro guitar resonate under McGee’s earnest inflections. Lucy Woodward chimes in on the moving ballad “How We Got Here,” where her honeyed voice upstages the watery pedal-steel notes. Stephen Kellogg and Keaton Simons round out “See You Again” with awesome three-part harmonies.

TITLE TIME
3:40
2:54
3:31
3:08
2:38
5:03
2:50
3:18
4:06

About Pat McGee

Richmond, VA-based acoustic jam-rock sextet the Pat McGee Band included guitarist Al Walsh, keyboardist Jonathan Williams, bassist John Small, percussionist Chardy McEwan, and drummer Chris Williams, in addition to titular singer/guitarist McGee, an East Coast favorite since the 1995 release of his solo album From the Wood. Upon forming in 1996, the group toured relentlessly, averaging over 250 live dates each year; their debut LP, Revel, appeared in 1997, followed in early 1999 by the live General Admission. Signing to major label Giant, the Pat McGee Band released the Jerry Harrision-produced Shine in the spring of 2000, followed by Save Me in 2004 on Kirtland Records. ~ Jason Ankeny

  • GENRE
    Rock
  • BORN
    January 16, 1973

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