Work ethic. This is not a term you would normally associate with contemporary music, where memorable performances are supposed to happen effortlessly. The reality, of course, is that the best music is the result of hard work and determination. For Pat McGee Band, the best music is nurtured through a touring schedule that puts the band before its fans up to 250 times a year and a dedication to the songwriting craft.
Pat McGee Band’s Save Me, the newly enhanced CD, will be in stores June 28, 2005 on Kirtland Records. The CD includes five bonus acoustic tracks and a music video for the new single, “Must Have Been Love.” The decision to re-release the album, and in particular the single, was in response to the overwhelming demand from radio and the band’s fan base.
Save Me demonstrates Pat McGee Band’s ability to make music that sounds effortless, and the kind of attention to songwriting that has set this Virginia-based band apart from its peers since its inception in the late nineties. In the process, the band has garnered a rabid fan base and a word-of-mouth reputation for an emotionally charged live show. Inspired improvisational skills have made Pat McGee Band a premier live act, a reputation that was captured in the recording of Save Me.
“We made a real return to our rock roots,” asserts McGee on the creative impetus behind Save Me. “This is a real guitar-driven record with a major emphasis on songwriting. We went into the process with one goal: to make it believable. It’s not about perfection. It’s about authenticity. We reached deep.”
As the follow-up to Shine, their 2001 major label debut, Save Me marks a new direction in Pat McGee Band’s path. It’s a musical course that includes three well-received independent releases. In total, sales of all four albums are approaching 300,000 copies. Add to that a tour schedule that has encompassed over a half million miles in forty-four states, and it’s clear that McGee and company have made their musical mark the old fashioned way–-one song and one show at a time.
Produced by Gregg Wattenberg and Marti Frederiksen, Save Me accomplishes that rare synthesis of inspired performances that are easily the best in this band’s career. “Must Have Been Love,” which is one of the band’s best live songs, was the obvious choice for a single due to demand from radio and fans requesting it. “Don’t Give Up” was inspired by the band’s anthem and fan-favorite, “Rebecca.” Other standout tracks are the summery “Annabel” and the atmospheric “Shady.”
The connection between Pat McGee Band and their growing legion of fans is certain to be solidified with Save Me, and the band (Pat McGee—vocals and guitar, Brian Fechino—guitar, Todd Wright—guitars, keyboards, backing vocals, Chris Reardon—bass, backing vocals, Chardy McEwan—percussion and Chris Williams—drums) will continue to build on that success. As for the fans, they will be rewarded with more live shows in support of Save Me for the remainder of 2005.