I am so thrilled to share with you my first annual release of original holiday tunes! These two songs, “No Warmer Place” & “This Christmas”, were written December of 2013 while I was reflecting on that special time of year. I recorded them at Bias Studios in Springfield, VA in August of 2014 with some dear friends as well as some true legends.
This stellar lineup (listed below) included some of the same legendary musicians who rocked my LP (due out publically in 2015), as well as a few old pals from Eddie From Ohio, a band that got my career rolling way back to my first release, From The Wood, in 1995. Butch Taylor (Dave Matthews Band longtime keyboardist) laid down some gorgeous parts on grand piano and—someone I have long admired and had not had the pleasure of working with until now—Mr. John Jennings tracked with us on guitar. John didn’t realize that he single-handily educated me on how to write a song and perform it in front of people when, at 17 years old, I witnessed him blow the roof off The (old) Birchmere in Alexandria, VA with just an acoustic guitar and vocal. I was sold.
This session was absolutely a major mutual admiration society and exactly the vibe that these songs needed to tell the story within the music. We even included an instrumental one-take “jam” of “This Christmas” just to showcase the relaxed atmosphere that was present on that special August day. Even though it was pushing 90 degrees outside in Northern VA, we all some how got into a December state of mind upon the first chord played. The instrumental piece is a nice addition to the featured tracks and will be sure to help you cheerfully stuff stockings and trim trees for many seasons to come.
Lyrically, “No Warmer Place” paints the picture of the warmth felt during the holiday season all around our beautiful country while “This Christmas” depicts the lighthearted journey of a couple rediscovering each other and starting a life with holiday traditions.
I hope you enjoy and keep ‘em spinning for years to come. Thanks for your support of this music, it makes a great Christmas gift to a family member or friend too!
Have a safe, healthy and joyous holiday season!
Pat McGee, vocals and acoustic guitar
Russ Kunkel, drums
Danny Kortchmar, guitar
John Jennings, guitar
Chip Johnson, bass
Butch Taylor, piano
John “Red” Redling, organ
Michael Ghegan, horns
Patrick McAloon, backing vocals
Jonathan Williams, backing vocals
Gabe Witcher, violin
Matt Menefee, banjo
Eddie Hartness, percussion
Mike Clem, harmonica
Kit Karlson and Chip Johnson, anything else I missed!
Produced by: Chip Johnson, Kit Karlson and Pat McGee
Mixed by: Chip Johnson and Kit Karlson at Alpine Red Studios (Gainesville, VA)
Recorded at: Bias Studios, Springfield, VA
Engineered by: Mike Monseur
Mastered by: Larry Lachmann at Kevorkian Mastering, NYC
Artwork & Design by: Patrick McAloon