PressDon't Kill The Blackbird #8 on 2013 Top 10 List
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Top 10 CD’s of the Year (2013)
#8 Wicked Saints – Don’t Kill the Blackbird
Much like the Tejas Brothers, Paul McCarty and company deliver an album full of classy, diverse tunes that really showcases their backgrounds. These are what I like to call “thinking man” songs.
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"Haunting, brave and beautiful... A record for the ages."
— Paul Zollo, bluerailroad.com
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Shawn Underwood writes:
Don’t Kill the Blackbird is an album that’s easy to enjoy. It has solid songs, solid musicians, and solid production. There are all kinds of little audio candy throughout, both vocal and instrumental, that add to the foundation and make this something you want to listen to again and again.
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Proud to say we've gotten our first review. We got a 9/10 rating from Christopher Plain of "The Music God Reviews."
You can read it here - http://musicgodreviews.finalcutradio.com/?p=35
or click "more text".
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Wicked Saints' second album, "Don't Kill The Blackbird" debuted here a week ago on AirplayDirect and we're really proud to see it getting picked up worldwide for radio plays.
It's a self-release. Just us. No corporations, no big budget, no publicists. We're counting on you to listen and realize how good this stuff is.
Read MoreWicked Saints debut CD
Wicked Saints is a folk-rock/americana band that lets all the influences in. Rock, folk, reggae, blues, country music all add to the flavor at some point. But it’s more about letting each individual song say what it needs to say, the way it needs to say it.
The Way I’m Strung is off to a nice start already. It hit #1 on Ourstage.com Indie Rock category in December, and #2 in January or this year. The album was featured as Album Of The Month by CountryTrack.nl in the Netherlands. Cuts from the album have been playing on many stations in the US, Canada, UK, Netherlands, Holland (yes, they both count!), Germany, Italy, Spain, and Brazil. Those are the ones we know of. There may be more.
Our debut album is a self-release, recorded at Milestone Recording in Los Angeles, produced by Annie Miles and at Wilmac Studio in Altadena, produced by Paul McCarty and David Williams. Singer/songwriter Paul McCarty is from New Orleans. His southern roots show in his songs. Paul was a music composition major in college and has a background in indie film scoring. He’s backed up by the illustrious Chad Watson on bass. Chad is from Missouri and has played with many luminaries including Charlie Rich, Janis Ian, Freddy Fender and more. Drummer John Gannon has an impressive dynamic presence, Brent Michelle graces the band with her background vocals and Bobby Thomas adds beautiful colors on piano and accordion. Blues man David Vidal also joins us on slide guitar.
Wicked Saints have played all around Los Angeles venues, including Kulak’s Woodshed, Genghis Cohen, The Armory, Make Music Pasadena Festival, The Mint, The Unurban, and many more.
From The Vinyl District
Thank you, Jennifer Quiroz, for the great article on Mama...
Wicked Saints, a LA band led by singer/songwriter Paul McCarty, has just released it’s self-titled debut album. With McCarty at the helm, Wicked Saints also features several other local LA musicians and singer/songwriters: Chad Watson (bass), John Gannon (drums), David Vidal (slide guitar), Brent Michelle (backup vocals).
The song that took my heart is “Mama,” McCarty’s ode to his mother, who he lost to Lou Gehrig’s disease. His melodic guitar hook and bittersweet lyrics slither into my emotions, open up my heart, wind their way around my thoughts and make my eyes tingle. Simply, the song is poignantly beautiful. Here is what McCarty has to say:
“My mom suffered for over two years with Lou Gehrig’s disease. It started in her extremities and gradually moved in to her core. Then she stopped breathing. She had a beautiful voice. She taught voice and piano in the house. She sang with the New Orleans Symphony Choir. She first noticed symptoms when she discovered she couldn’t reach as big an interval on the piano as she had been able to. My interval is 22 years. Mom, I wrote you a song.”