amy mccarley

anticipated third album MECO out January 18, 2019

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HUNTSVILLE, AL — With poignant and thought provoking lyrics, Amy McCarley finds balance in a new perspective with MECO, her 3rd studio album due out January 18, 2019. After collaborating in writing new songs with Bluebird Cafe round-mate and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer, Pat Alger, McCarley returned to the studio with esteemed colleagues, co-producers Kenny Vaughan & George Bradfute to work on MECO, her highly anticipated follow up to 2014’s Jet Engines. MECO was recorded and mixed by Bradfute in his Tone Chaparral Studios in Madison, Tennessee and mastered by Jim DeMain at Yes Master Studios in Nashville.

 

A rhythm section all in himself, multi-instrumentalist Chris Scruggs lent his talents not only on drums, percussion, and bass, but also steel guitar. Alongside esteemed guests Marty Stuart, Pat Alger, Kenny Lovelace, and Harry Stinson — the future is bright for fans of Amy McCarley.

 

Uniquely relatable, this northern Alabama native’s music is embraced by Americana fans across the country and abroad. Vaughan says, “I think all of her songs come from a personal experience. Each song is about something she’s gone through, which is good because it gives her a little edge on the delivery. The emotional content kinda comes through in there.”

 

MECO, an acronym borrowed from the Space Shuttle program that stands for Main Engine Cut Off, occurred for the shuttle when onboard propulsion systems were disengaged at an altitude where velocity could be maintained by the power of an innate force at work in the universe with periodic adjustments from the vehicle. The album traces McCarley’s experience of what it's been like leaving life as a NASA contractor to pursue a career in music.

 

McCarley explains the inspiration behind the album, “Similar to shuttle missions, the trajectory of my path has been defined by how well I have been able to develop personal strength as an artist to the point where the possibility of connecting with the enormous collaborative power of other worldly talent exists. It has taken everything I have plus the guiding unseen hands of time and chance together with support from some incredibly talented generous souls in order for this album to be made and on its way to listeners.”

 

She says in an interview with Wide Open Country, "It's taught me to be grateful for every opportunity and all the talented people I've had the good fortune to work with on this project. It's taught me to do my best and then let go of the need for the outcome to be a certain way. Of course, that doesn't mean I don't forget and need to relearn all this over and over. I've certainly not graduated from the school of life!”

 

Her sultry voice was lauded by No Depression as “a nuanced instrument” and her drive and determination to continue charging forward is readily apparent on MECO with a blazing backing band to accent in instrumentation what her emotion filled vocals bring forth in each song.

 

This is McCarley’s second album working with Vaughan (Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, The Pretenders, Lana Del Rey, et al) and Bradfute (Webb Wilder, Planet Rockers, et al) at the helm since she left the NASA contracting world in 2013. Both also accompany her in performance on MECO, with Vaughan taking the lead on electric and playing acoustic guitar on the entire album and Bradfute performing on slide guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and other strings.

 

McCarley says, “What Kenny brings to this whole project as producer and lead guitarist cannot be overstated. Together with a stellar assembled cast —including mighty partner in crime, co-producer / engineer / studio owner, George Bradfute— his influence and signature sound took this album to a place I never would have known to go on my own that I feel so fortunate to be able to share with the world.”

 

The ten tracks of all original material feature McCarley’s yearning vocals, acoustic guitar, and harmonica. Alger, who co-wrote half of the songs on MECO says of McCarley, “Super, super intense guitar style. And I was so fascinated by it. Everything she did was real. Super intense. She’s just a different kind of performer.”

 

McCarley toured over 200 dates in support of her second album, Jet Engines, and is expecting to tour throughout 2019 with MECO.

 

 

 

Festival Appearances

 Maverick Festival | Kerrville Folk Festival | Kate Wolf Music Festival

W.C. Handy Music Festival |  30A Songwriters Festival | EarleFest: A Celebration of Americana Music

Rocket City Summer Fest | Panoply of the Arts | Bama Theatre Summer Shindig

Three Caves Summer Concert Series | Ditto Landing Marina Day

unofficial showcases at Folk Alliance International | SXSW | AmericanaFest

 

Opening Act & Tour Support

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives | Ronnie Milsap | John Hiatt | Kenny Vaughan Trio | Pat Alger | Doyle Bramhall II

Kim Richey | Webb Wilder | Kevin Gordon | Claire Lynch | Lilly Hiatt | Delta Rae | Edwin McCain | The Grahams

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Year     Date      Venue      

2018      Nov 05    Berklee College of Music

2018      Nov 04    Rhode Island Songwriters Association

2018      Nov 03    Luthier's Co-op

2018      Nov 02    The Music Hall Loft

2018      Nov 01    Lizard Lounge

2018      Nov 01    WUMB 91.9 FM

2018      Oct 08     Von Braun Center Concert Hall (Supporting Ronnie Milsap)

2018      Aug 21    Three Caves (supporting Edwin McCain)

2018      Jul 08      Maverick Festival Johnny Cash Tribute

2018      Jul 08      Maverick Festival (full band)

2018      Jul 07      Maverick Festival (full band)

2018      Jul  04     Maverick Festival Kick-Off at Easton White Horse (solo w/ Ags Connolly)

2018      Jul 04      CountryLine TV Interview w/ Nathalie Cox

2018      Feb 24     Private Party

 

2017      Jul  01     Maverick Festival

2017      Jun 30     Maverick Festival

 

2016      Jan 10     The Nick

2016      Jan 14     Von Braun Center Concert Hall (supporting Ronnie Milsap)

2016      Jan 15     30A Songwriters Festival

2016      Jan 16     30A Songwriters Festival

2016      Jan 17     30A Songwriters Festival

2016      Jan 28     The Lumberyard

2016      Feb 11     Hambone Gallery

2016      Feb 14     Bama Theatre Acoustic Night

2016      Mar 11     Three Caves iHeart Media Reception

2016      Mar 19     Hambone Gallery

2016      Mar 31     Rockwood Music Hall

2016      Apr 03     Toad Cambridge

2016      Apr 06      Lizard Lounge

2016      Apr 16     Juke Joint Festival

2016      May 28    Huntsville Strings Shop

2016      May 05    Ogden Museum

2016      May 19    The 5 Spot (supporting Kevin Gordon w/ Pat Alger on lead guitar)

2016      May 25    Venkman's

2016      May 26    Good People Brewing Company

2016      Jun 11     Ditto Landing Marina Day

2016      Jun 17     Sounds of Summer Concert Series @ BridgeStreet

2016      Jun 22     Kate Wolf Music Festival

2016      Jun 23     Kate Wolf Music Festival

2016      Jun 24     Kate Wolf Music Festival

2016      Jul 23      Historic Three Caves (supporting Delta Rae)

2016      Oct 12     Enoch's

2016      Oct 14     The Rock Room

2016      Oct 15     Anderson Fair

2016      Nov 16    The Station Inn

2016      Nov 25    Von Braun Center Playhouse

 

2015      Jan 15     Moe's Barbecue

2015      Jan 16     Music Kitchen by Sandwich Farm

2015      Jan 22     Moe's Barbecue

2015      Jan 28     The Lumberyard

2015      Feb 03     Humphrey's Bar & Grille

2015      Feb 09     Smokin' Tuna Saloon

2015      Feb 10     Smokin' Tuna Saloon

2015      Feb 11     Smokin' Tuna Saloon

2015      Feb 12     Smokin' Tuna Saloon

2015      Feb 13     Smokin' Tuna Saloon

2015      Feb 14     Smokin' Tuna Saloon

2015      Feb 15     Smokin' Tuna Saloon

2015      Feb 18     Folk Alliance International Music Conference

2015      Feb 19     Folk Alliance International Music Conference

2015      Feb 20     Folk Alliance International Music Conference

2015      Feb 21     Folk Alliance International Music Conference

2015      Feb 22     Folk Alliance International Music Conference

2015      Feb 25     Bluebird Cafe (w/ Wood Newton, Pat Alger & Janet McLaughlin)

2015      Mar 18     LeeAnn Atherton's Traveling Barn Dance (during SXSW)

2015      Mar 18     DC Bloom's Songwriter Showcase @ The Whip In (during SXSW)

2015      Mar 18     3rd Coast Music Showcase @ G & S Music Room (during SXSW)

2015      Mar 20     3rd Coast Music All Women All Day Showcase G & S Lounge (during SXSW)

2015      Mar 20     "Rock Room Songwriter Showcase (during SXSW) w/ The Sea The Sea

2015      Mar 21     Folk Alliance International Official Showcase @ Threadgill's (during SXSW)

2015      Mar 21     Botticelli's South Congress (during SXSW)

2015      Mar 22     3rd Coast Music Showcase @ Amelia's (during SXSW)

2015      Mar 26     Hambone Gallery (supporting Kevin Gordon)

2015      Mar 27     Enoch's Irish Pub & Cafe (supporting Kevin Gordon)

2015      Apr 04      The Boot

2015      Apr 11      Black Dog House Concert (supporting Kevin Gordon)

2015      Apr 26      KnowHuntsville.com Performance & Interview

2015      May 14     The 5 Spot (supporting Kevin Gordon)

2015      May 16     Montessori School of Huntsville 50th Anniversary

2015      May 23     Kerrville Folk Festival (New Folk Finalist)

2015     Jun 28       Inaugural Microwave Dave Day

2015     Jul 11        Private Event

2015     Jul 14        Private Event

2015     Jul 24        W.C. Handy Music Festival

2015     Jul 25        US Space & Rocket Center Space Camp Alumni Festival w/ Yacht Rock

2015     Aug 01      Bama Theatre Shindig III w/ The Mulligan Brothers, The Parkers, et al

2015     Aug 22      Music Has A Meaning (@ Straight to Ale Brewing)

2015     Sep 18      Americana Music Festival Family Wash Showcase (supporting Kevin Gordon)

2015     Sep 20      KPIG 107.5 FM [Please Stand By w/ host Sleepy John Sandidge [performance]

2015     Sep 21      The Krush 95.9FM [Evening Muse w/ Robin Pressman]

2015     Sep 23      Twin Oaks Tavern

2015     Sep 24      Hopmonk Tavern

2015     Sep 25      The Krush 95.9FM [Drive Home w/ Bill Bowker]

2015     Sep 26      EarleFest (main stage performance w/ John Hiatt, Doyle Bramhall II & One Grass Two Grass)

2015     Oct 01       Ditto Landing Concert Series

2015     Oct 06       Bandito Southside October Residency

2015     Oct 13       Bandito Southside October Residency

2015     Oct 16       The Listening Room

2015     Oct 20       Bandito Southside October Residency

2015     Oct 21       Blue Pants Brewery

2015     Oct 22       Rock House Eatery

2015     Oct 27       Bandito Southside October Residency

2015     Oct 29       Hambone Festival

2015     Nov 03      Humphrey's Bar & Grill

2015     Nov 07      Flying Monkey Arts Center

2015     Nov 12      Humphrey's Bar & Grill

2015     Nov 17      Private Event

2015     Nov 20      Shoals Conference Center (supporting Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives)

2015     Nov 21      Humphrey's Bar & Grill

 

2014     Mar 01      Good People Brewing

2014     Mar 06      Berkeley Bob's

2014     Mar 07      Flying Monkey Arts Center

2014     Mar 09      The Nick w/ The Grahams & Lilly Hiatt

2014     Mar 14      Swampers

2014     Mar 26      Crown Station Pub

2014     Mar 28      Juggling Gypsy

2014     Mar 30      The Raleigh Pour House w/ David & Valerie Mayfield & Los Colognes

2014     Apr 02       The Way Station

2014     Apr 03       House Concert w/ Trevor Exter

2014     Apr 04       33 Golden Street

2014     Apr 05       Cafe Nine

2014     Apr 07       WDVX 102.9FM

2014     Apr 17       Rock House Eatery

2014     Apr 18       The Boot

2014     Apr 23       Swamper's

2014     Apr 26       Straight to Ale

2014     May 06      Workplay (support for Kevin Gordon)

2014     May 08      Pittsboro Roadhouse

2014     May 09      Southern Sisters

2014     May 17      The Boot Pizzeria

2014     May 21      Swampers

2014     May 22      Bama Theatre

2014     May 29      Blue Pants Brewery

2014     Jun 05      Kamama Gallery

2014     Jun 07      Fretworks Music School

2014     Jun 11       WorkPlay: Album Release Show w Kenny Vaughan Trio

2014     Jun 12      Straight to Ale: Album Release Show w/ Kenny Vaughan Trio

2014     Jun 15      Shoals Songwriters Showcase

2014     Jun 27      The Boot

2014      Jul 18       Yellowhammer Brewing

2014      Jul 26       Grand Hotel Marriott Resort Magnolia Ballroom (Private Event)

2014     Aug 12      Hambone Art Gallery

2014     Aug 13      Shack Up Inn

2014     Aug 14      Rock House Eatery

2014     Aug 21      Greene Street Market

2014     Aug 23      Yellowhammer Brewing

2014     Aug 29      The Family Wash

2014     Sep 03      Shiners

2014     Sep 04      Crown Station Pub

2014     Sep 08      The Bitter End

2014     Sep 09      Skinny Dennis Y

2014     Sep 11      WWUH 91.3 FM

2014     Sep 11      33 Golden

2014     Sep 12      Luthier's Co-op

2014     Sep 13      Skinny Pancake

2014     Sep 14      The Burren

2014     Sep 15      WQBR 99.9FM

2014     Sep 18      Americana Music Festival Family Wash Showcase w/ Kim Richey | Jeff Black | Smokin' Flowers

2014     Sep 24      Austin Live Showcase @ Austin Ale House

2014     Sep 25      Southwest Regional Folk Alliance

2014     Oct 09       Red Light Cafe

2014     Oct 11       Ira Louvin Roots Music Festival

2014     Oct 17       House Concert

2014     Oct 18       Pegasus Lounge

2014     Oct 18       KIX 92.9FM

2014     Oct 19       The Front Porch

2014     Oct 20       Steve's Live Music

2014     Oct 21       Tangled String Studio

2014     Oct 23       Douglas Corner

2014     Oct 30       Blue Pants Brewery

2014     Dec 13      The Listening Living Room w/ Kevin Gordon

2014     Dec 17      Bama Theatre

2014     Dec 21      Private Event

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