chris mcdermott

chris mcdermott

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Chris Mcdermott -highly acclaimed songwriter for Warner/Chappell publishing, great soulful voice,extraordinary original masterful guitar playing( part time berklee faculty) 5 releases to date has been playing aroung the world for over 16 years Few artists in the world can match this level

Biography

Based in New England, Chris McDermott has played regularly in Europe and the U.S for over 16 years, promoting his own original soul and funk music, as well as backing some of the world's greatest blues artists. With four previous releases of his own as well as producing and playing on recordings for other artists, Chris set a goal of creating a new CD which would reflect on his childhood love of early soul music production crossed with acoustic guitar virtuosity. The end result is Radio Ghosts, a combination of those elements and more, set into a framework of great songwriting, playing and production that is already generating strong radio airplay across the U.S.

Although Radio Ghosts is full of airplay contenders, the current focus tracks are these four songs:
“Under The Water”- Successfully combines soul music with traditional Celtic into a cinematic story told from a dream Chris had. The listener is transported into a noisy, smoky pub witnessing a young girl with a guitar who began singing a song to an oblivious crowd. After one chorus, the girl stops unable to waste her very personal message on an uninterested public. When Chris awoke from the dream, he remembered the chorus verbatim and uses it to then transport the listener “under the water with the shells and rocks and the fish swim through my hair” A beautiful piece featuring some fine acoustic guitar and soulful gospel style backup vocals.
“Let Them Think What They Want”- What could be more fun than combining funky New Orleans beats with Spanish guitar rhythms and an almost Otis Redding style approach to a funky staccato vocal with gospel backups? This song tells it from a guy who is no longer worried about what people think.
“Get That Smile”- As unpretentious as modern “old school” soul music can get. (As it should be.) A stellar band playing a superb arrangement of a great song with a solid, soulful vocal and guitar delivered by Chris telling his own true story of hope and dignity through years of scraping by in the music scene.
“Waiting Out A Hurricane”- Already getting lots of airplay throughout the Gulf states, this is a soul ballad featuring rich harmonies, intertwined melodies, a sad/smooth vocal and bluesy acoustic guitar telling the story of a man whose life has spun out of control as he watches helplessly waiting for his feet to touch solid ground again.

The players currently in his band all have impressive resumes of their own, ranging from being original members of the James Brown band, to playing with Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Stanley Turrentine, Ricky Martin, Dickey Betts, Jimmy McGriff, Matchbox 20, among many others. Although far from being a traditional blues band, most of his group’s “bread and butter” gigs have been playing blues-oriented clubs in the northeast circuit, as well as the south from D.C. to Key West and St Thomas V.I. The band’s also played in blues clubs and festivals in Latvia, France, Belgium, Spain, and Italy.

The band’s instrumentation live is generally 4-piece featuring guitar/vocals, Hammond B3 organ, bass and drums, although some northeast gigs have included three back up vocalists/ percussionists and occasionally trumpet as well. Band members often include such well known players such as Clyde Stubblefield on drums and Greg Hopkins on trumpet, among others.

In the past, Chris has toured as a sideman to blues greats Carrie Bell, Eddie Kirkland, Nappy Brown, Hubert Sumlin, Zorah Young, Marva Wright and Toni Lynne Washington. Chris produced and played on Eddie Kirkland's new release, Booty Blues.

His own bands -Chris McDermott and his Wild Combo and The Chris McDermott Love Perimeter - released three CDs and played across the U.S regularly from House of Blues venues in four major cities to a prime time slot at Woodstock '99. Both these bands were featured openers on tours with an extensive list of national acts.
Radio Ghosts represents the maturity of an American guitar player, songwriter and singer who has spent much time absorbing the music of his travels. Growing up outside Philadelphia, the "Philly Soul" sound was a natural part of his environment and had a major influence in the shaping of Chris' musical ear. Featuring rich arch top acoustic guitar tones, Hammond B3, piano, gospel group backing vocals, horns and even some strings, Chris McDermott once again blends old and new into his own genre. As always, Chris' live performances are what it is all about, showcasing masterful musicianship, fire, funk, and fun.

Based in New England, Chris McDermott has played regularly in Europe and the U.S for over 16 years, promoting his own original soul and funk music, as well as backing some of the world's greatest blues artists. With four previous releases of his own as well as producing and playing on recordings for other artists, Chris set a goal of creating a new CD which would reflect on his childhood love of early soul music production crossed with acoustic guitar virtuosity. The

Discography

"Radio Ghosts"-P&N records 2007
"Leaf"-Soul kitchen-2005
Wound up whitey's Messed up thing-Soul Kitchen2003
2-B Soul Kitchen 2002
"Trippin Out"-Soul Kitchen 1999
Got it made-Soul Kitchen 1996

Set List

Set List varies according to venues and Chris' whim.
But generally includes 98% original material from new and previous releases, some yet unreleased covering a swing of Funk,Soul,Acoustic gypsy spanish,and pop.
as well as covers by-
James Brown, Willie Dixon,Duke Ellington,Otis Redding and pretty much the entire American Blues catalog