Featuring the talents of drummer Boone Spooner and Dan Parenti on bass guitars
Southern-style rock tenor Chi McClean touches pure gold with the release of SOMETHING OUT THERE. The guitarist songwriter celebrates the debut of his new CD at San Francisco’s Cafe du Nord on Wednesday, March 4th. The recording is an amazing showcase of McClean’s diverse talents. Chi’s lyrics evoke the longing, frustration, and determination for a better “something out there” – including lasting romance and self realization. The melody lines are memorable on first hearing and harmonically beautiful throughout. Chi’s gift with the guitar and instrumental arrangements – which include electric piano, organ, and cello – support his story-telling and boost the attractive and compelling qualities of his vocals. In addition to the title song, at least three others make this album a must-have. In the days of 45s – Track 6, “Rocketship” would be a strong choice for side B. Great examples of engineering and clear separation are heard in Track 3, “Sign Me Up” and Track 8, “Hard As I Try”. In Track 10, “How Long (has this been going on)”, Chi McClean proves his multiple talents and his outstanding appeal as a live concert artist. Fans of the classic San Francisco-based rock band THE TUBES will recognize the contributions of Bill Spooner to this winner recording.
Chi McClean was born and raised in New York before heading out to California in a beat up truck looking for a change. Settling in San Francisco, he began to develop an honest, introspective approach to his songwriting that ultimately formed the building blocks for his new release, Something Out There, Chi writes acoustic rock songs marked by a haunting Southern style. Many of his songs take a straightforward look at love, loss, and in the end, opportunity. Influenced by Jimi Hendrix, The Black Crowes, Free, The Faces and The Allman Brothers, Chi’s music borrows from the classic tones and song structures that formed the pillars of the 1960’s rock scene while presenting listeners with a contemporary and wholly unique perspective.
Something Out There was recorded in San Francisco at Flying Kitchen and Studio D by Boone Spooner, mixed in Los Angeles by Kevin Shirley (The Black Crowes, Led Zeppelin, Joe Bonamassa) at The Document Room, and mastered in New York by Ryan Smith (James Taylor, Joe Bonamassa, O.A.R.) at Sterling Sound. The album is often described as melodic and soulful, drawing on complex guitar riffs, solid drum beats, upright bass playing, gritty B-3 organ, and vintage electric pianos. Chi is actively playing shows to promote the new release.
“On the album,” says Chi, “I’ve been lucky enough to land some pretty unreal players: Boone Spooner (Drums/Percussion), Dan Parenti (Bass Guitars), James Riddle (Wurlitzer), Jordan Feinstein (Piano, B3 Organ), Mary Williams (Background Vocals), Joe Hebert (Cello) – all amazing musicians and I can’t thank them enough. For live shows, Boone and Dan are playing with me, but we’re still looking for a new B-3 / Wurlitzer player… if you know anyone who’s in SF and is looking for a gig, be in touch!”
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