The McCarthys

The McCarthys


A love for the California Country sound of Buck and Merle, filtered through the ears of guys who learned how to play music from The Byrds, The Beatles, and The Stones. Throw a Gram Parsons in there for good measure.


Everybody sings, everybody plays, everybody writes. In 1996 we gathered in Dale's basement to play some music and eat some nachos and things have progressed very nicely from there. As Sam Pfeilfle of the Portland Phoenix put it "The McCarthys' name is particularly apt because they really do seem like a band of brothers.” The product of the union is greater than the sum of it's parts.

All veterans of the New England music circuits, we've individually backed up some of the big guys and gals like Kathy Mattea, Kix Brooks, and Freddy Fender. We've opened for Willie Nelson, Poco, and The Austin Lounge Lizards, and spent a few years as Big Al Downing's (Hee Haw regular) northeast touring band. We released our first CD "The McCarthys" in 2000. It received airplay on over 50 radio stations in the world. In the US that included WEVL in Memphis, WFMV in Jersey City, and KNBA in Anchorage, Alaska. Internationally we received airplay all over, including Radio Galtee in Ireland, Hillbilly Rockhouse in Germany, and Honky Tonks and Heartaches in Melbourne, Australia.

The disc made the BEST of 2000 list in Casco Bay Weekly's "Short Takes" and was featured on Tufts University's WMFO "Living in America" program. The track "Quaker Gun" was included on WCLZ's "Homegrown IV" compilation disc.

Our sophomore effort "And Then Some" was unveiled at our gala CD release party at The Big Easy in Portland on January 29, 2005. Five years between discs is a long time but according to The Portland Phoenix "'...And Then Some' is evidence of that old axiom that patience is a virtue". Three of the twelve songs have been included on WCLZ's "Greetings from Area Code 207" annual Best of Maine music compilation disc.

This past year saw the release of our third CD, “The Way Life Is”, a loose concept based on life in Maine, to which both the Bollard and the Portland Phoenix proclaimed that the title song, “The Way Life Is”, should be the new state anthem. 2012 saw airplay on WBLM, WCLZ, WMPG, MPBN, WCSHs’ 207 TV show, and runner up for BEST ROOTS BAND in the Portland Phoenix.

10/1/12- recent airplay activity (past 30 days) -Radio Platja d'Aro [RPA] (102.7 FM). Platja d'Aro, None Spain Americana Music Show [WCOM] (103.5 Internet). Chapel Hill, NC United States hope f.m [life] (90.1 FM). bournemouth, None United Kingdom ADELAIDE'S COAST FM 88.7 [NONE] (88.7 M FM). Adelaide, South Australia Australia Big River FM [Big] (96.2 & FM). Dargaville, None New Zealand Radio Eagle [radi] (107.9 FM). Belgium, None Belgium studio100 radio taranto [very] (fm 100 FM). taranto, italy italy Terneuzen FM [Tern] (94.4 1 FM). Terneuzen, zeeland The Netherlands Radio Vest [RV] (94,6 FM). Ulfborg, None Denmark C.W. International [RTV] (105.9 FM). Rijswijk, None Netherlands Mount Barker Country Connectio [MBCC] (88.0 FM). Gledhow, Western Australia Australia KPIG-AM / KPFA-FM [KPIG] (1510-A FM). San Francisco / Berkeley, CA USA Radio Midt-Telemark [RMT] (107,6 FM). Norway, None United States TLCRadio Northland [TLC] (107.2 FM). Dargaville, None New Zealand Riverside Country Radio [none] (88.3 FM). Foxton , North Island New Zealand Tribe FM Incorporated [TCBL] (91.1 FM). Willunga, S.A. Australia Armidale Community Radio [2arm] (92.1 FM). Armidale, NSW Australia Radio Harbor Country [WRHC] (106.7 FM). Three Oaks, Michigan Berrien CJXF Community Radio [CJXF] (95.1 FM). Calgary, Alberta Canada Radio Middelse [Radi] (105.3 FM). Stiens, None Netherlands Always Country [(int] (na Internet). Reading, Pa USA Radio eversonpaladini 95.1 FM [ever] (95.1 FM). São José, SC Brazil Nichols College [WNRC] (97.5 FM). Dudley, Ma USA Polish National Radio Katowice [Kato] (102,2 FM). Katowice, Silesia Poland Richmond Independent Radio [WRIR] (97.3 FM). Richmond, VA United States Radio Voce Spazio [RVS] (93.800 FM). Alessandria, None Italy Moab Community Radio [KZMU] (90.1 a FM). Moab, Utah USA WRUW-FM [WRUW] (91.1 FM). Cleveland, OH United States Randolph Broadcasting [WKXR] (1260 AM). Asheboro, NC USA Radio Siljan [Radi] (94,1 ). Mora, None FM GOUD [RADI] (107.7M FM). HECHTEL-EKSEL, None Belgium JRRI [JRRI] (JRR In FM). Waterford, Ireland COUNTRY JUKEBOX [COUN] (COUNTR Internet). Munich, None Germany


Album -"The McCarthys", Self-Titled, Side by Each Records 2000
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Album- "...and then some" The McCarthys, Side by Each
Records 2005
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Album - "The Way Life Is", The McCarthys, Cornmeal Records 2011
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Album-"Greetings from Area Code 207" , Track-"Stand Down" (hear it at )

Album-"Greetings from Area Code 207 Volume 2" ,
Track-"When You Come Back To Me" ( hear it at )

Album-"Greetings from Area Code 207 Volume 3" ,
Track- "Be My Lawyer" (Hear it at )

Album-"Greetings from Area Code 207 Vol. 5",
Track-"Somebody's Gonna Loose" (hear it at )

Set List

The McCarthys play songs from their three CDs, "The McCarthys", ...And Then Some", and "The Way Life Is", and sprinkle in a few covers that consistently change, The Beatles, The Byrds, Gram Parsons, Buck Owens, MerleHaggard, Johnny Cash, too name but a few.