“He has a gift for striking
imagery. Watch out when McGee turns of drinking age.”
Kieran McGee – acoustic & electric guitars, bass, piano,
harmonica, percussion, organ, drums on 5 & 9
Wednesday liner notes
One gets hit fast and hard by Kieran McGee. He’s a prodigy.
Now, as for his sound, there’s a lot of Bob Dylan influence… the good kind, not
the voice. McGee just builds songs the way Dylan did, back when Dylan was
building songs instead of rebuilding those same songs, as he’s been doing for
the past three or four records, but that’s another story.
Back to Kieran McGee, His father was a music writer and his
mother was a pianist, so they encouraged their son’s interest in music from the
diapered beating-on-the-pots-and-pans phase on. He ended up with a drive to
tell stories in song and a penchant for the basic musical frameworks of an
earlier generation. Ash Wednesday could have been titled “Highway 61
Extension” to acknowledge the Dylan influence. Not that Dylan ever sounded
this good. Also, truthfully, Dylan had more to say, but society looked worse
to more people when Dylan was young, so
it was easier.
Too early on Ash Wednesday, Mr. McGee has to start
crooning about unrequited love for a particular woman instead of the world‘s
ills, which gets plenty of singer/songwriters through lifetimes, but which in a
guy who’s pretty close to being a Bob Dylan impersonator comes across as
inadequacy. Kieran McGee is born and bred to be a musical spokesperson for
something, but his parents’ generation is not that something…. Their records
were recorded a long time ago. He needs and deserves a producer/ally who will
help him find something that needs a spokesperson today and some more original
bandstand and studio partners.