Bill McKay : Self-titled

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Anyone who has enjoyed a Leftover Salmon show in recent years is likely familiar with the group’s standout keyboardist, Bill McKay. While “papa Bill,” as Salmon front man Vince Herman sometimes refers to him, can tickle the keys infectiously in just about any genre,  audience jaws collectively drop when he unleashes one of his legendary blues-based rockers, such as the opening track on his self-titled solo album, “Railroad Highway,” or the  power-house, key-fueled cut “Fat Cat."

McKay’s range is not limited to these sharp-hooked anthems, however, as evinced by “Thunder in the Rain,” a softer, reflective ballad, or the funk-meets-jazz of the tersely titled, yet thoroughly explorative “Newt.” This solo platter – comprised of material which he mostly performs with the Bill McKay Band,  and some that he delivers in other outfits, like Salmon –  contains a wealth of songwriting output that should thrill his longtime fans while reeling in new devotees.

Bill McKay is out now on CageFree Records.

 

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