Honest Words

Honest Words

by Megan McCormick



The old cliché about young artists displaying talents beyond their years sure seems like a truism in the case of Honest Words, the debut album of 23-year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist Megan McCormick. Raised in Wasilla, AK, she represents the very real possibility that Sarah Palin will not be that town's only legacy to the world at large. McCormick grew up in a musical family -- not only did her parents play, but apparently her grandparents are in the Western Swing Hall of Fame. Being immersed in music from an early age may go some way toward explaining the precocious nature of McCormick's talent. And the country side of her roots might be what moved her to her current home base of Nashville, but while there are some undeniable country influences in her music, there's a lot more going on throughout Honest Words. The album's opening track, "Shiver," is a sinuous, bluesy stomper that gives a hint of McCormick's guitar mastery. Her six-string abilities are showcased a bit further on "Drifting," and the hard-driving "Addiction" shows the rock & roll side of McCormick's sound. The chugging, optimistic "Do Right" seems like the sort of tune that could have "country chart-topper" written all over it, if radio programmers were willing to listen through the album's eclectic mix of styles. The dark, intense "Pick Up the Phone" takes the dangers of drinking and dialing to almost epic proportions. And while the preponderance of ballads on Honest Words does tend to drag down the momentum a bit, false steps are hard to find in McCormick's emotionally honest, musically direct mix of country, rock, blues, pop, and folk.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/17/2010
Label: Rykodisc
UPC: 0014431102028
catalogNumber: 11020

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Megan McCormick   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar,Key Bass,Guitar (Baritone)
Mitchell Jones   Organ,Wurlitzer
Viktor Krauss   Upright Bass
Ethan Ballinger   Mandolin,Piano,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Mandola,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Angela Oudean   Strings
Eleonore Denig   Strings
Lee Holland   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Vibes
Tyler Middleton   Background Vocals
Rich Brinsfield   Bass
Cal Joslin   Bass
Adam Keafer   Bass

Technical Credits

Jamie Kenney   Composer
Megan McCormick   Composer,Collage
Brandon Bell   Engineer
David O'Donnell   Producer,Engineer
Tami Hinesh   Composer

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