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Left for Dead [Kieran McGee]

  • 1. Left for Dead
    2. 3 Door Car
    3. Brown Eyes
    4. Lots of Troubles
    5. World Is Hollow, The
    6. Lombard Plaza
    7. Juarez
    8. With My Brother Dead & Gone
    9. Lonely Town
    10. Buffalo Skinners, The
    11. When Mary Arose
    12. Woodbine Plantation
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 717

  • Credits
    ProducerJack Heyrman; Wall Matthews
    EngineerChris Evans; Chris Evans; Andy Peterson

    Personnel: Kieran McGee (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, harmonica, bass, drums, percussion); Robby Turner (pedal steel); Bob Spates (violin); Kevin Packard (accordian); Wall Matthews (bass, acoustic guitar).
    Recorded at Clean Cuts Studios, Baltimore, Maryland; Moon Dog Studios, Nashville, Tennessee.
    Personnel: Kieran McGee (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, harmonica, drums, percussion); Wall Matthews (acoustic guitar, bass guitar); Robert Spates (violin); Kevin Packard (accordion).
    Audio Mixer: Chris Evans.
    Recording information: Clean Cut Studios, Baltimore, MD; Moondog Studios, Nashville, TN.
    McGee's debut album, Left For Dead, features 12 tracks of strong songwriting cast in a variety of musical textures and landscapes. Featuring nine originals, all of the tunes collected sport lyrics of sensitivity and insight, open-ended enough to be interpreted as either intensely personal or broadside reports on the world at large, or both. A multi-instrumentalist, Kieran plays guitar, mandolin, bass, drums and harmonica here, with guest appearances from Nashville steel guitar session whiz Robby Turner, Kevin Packard on accordion (on Woody Guthrie's "Brown Eyes") and Bob Spates, whose wailing violin sounds add a soulful spark to the paranoid dreamscape of "Juarez." Co-producer Wall Matthews sits in on acoustic guitar and bass as well. While McGee's wavering vocal pitch and less than masterful technique on his plethora of overdubbed instruments (the drums are constantly chasing the rest of the tracks) will be offputting to some, there's something both compelling and unique in what he's trying to accomplish here. ~ Cub Koda

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (8/22-8/29/97, p.135) - "...15-year-old McGee seems a voice out of time, connected to a folk and blues tradition whose heyday was some 60 years before he was even born....with his raw, rangy voice and skeletal picking, McGee delivers his songs with gut-rattling ferocity and insight beyond his years. The anti-Hanson?" - Rating: B
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