Portland, OR (PRWEB) March 16, 2006
Garth Michael McDermott, the former singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist from the New York City-based power-pop outfit, American Lad, has released his new solo record, “Highways and Ghosts.” Co-produced by Paul Umbach (Jive Records & Sanctuary Recording Artists) this album was written and inspired by Garth’s newly acquired Portland roots upon moving to the city in April 2004. Since its release, “Highways and Ghosts” has quickly become a top seller on CD Baby, the largest independent music site on the web.
Available online at CD Baby and Best Buy, as well as Portland area Music Millennium retail stores, "Highways and Ghosts" is an effort that leans away from the power-pop tendencies of Garth’s past work with American Lad, (called “one of Long Island’s best pop/rock outfits” by New York’s Long Island Voice) -- toward a more rootsy and personally reflective approach, which Garth developed upon moving to Portland. Fans have been calling the songs on the album, “Intricate lyrics wrapped around melodies as beautiful as they are memorable.”
With influences that range from seminal rock staples Lennon/McCartney to modern-day tunesmiths like Ryan Adams, David Gray, Neil Finn, Aimee Mann or Glen Phillips, Garth has impressed fans and music critics alike. The Long Island Voice declared Garth as having a “A razor sharp ear for melody and harmony,” while New York Newsday calls his music, “Melodic, song-based pop rock, with wall-of-sound arrangements and wonderfully tough vocals as selling points.”
With “Highways and Ghosts,” Garth has displayed a more organic approach to his unique pop sensibilities in this collection of moving songs full of haunting melodies and poignantly raw vocals that are as rich as its message. From the self preserving, “Records To Your Rivals,” (the fan-proclaimed “best friend on a long train ride”) and the vulnerably intimate fan-favorite “Sinking Feelings” to the radio friendly “When I Took the Bait” and thematic “Just Like Thunder,” this album reminds listeners to embrace their own apparitions along the highway in hopes of gaining a clearer perspective of the road ahead. It suggests the idea that – no matter what path or stage -- life is always a continuous series of highways and ghosts.
About Garth Michael McDermott
Garth is a third generation professional musician. His grandfather was an NBC staff guitarist for the Johnny Carson and Jack Paar shows and composer for much of the music for the Jack Paar Tonight Show, including the show’s theme song. His mother was a member of The Hillside Singers, who originally recorded the hit song, “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (in Perfect Harmony)” based on the Coca-Cola theme, which G. Love has since modernized for a new generational campaign. Garth has been performing in popular venues throughout the East Coast as well as the Pacific Northwest, where he’s shared the stage with Portland’s finest, including Tony Furtado Jack McMahon and members of Dirty Martini. He has also been a featured artist on New York rock station Q 104.3, as well as a live acoustical act on East Coast college and commercial radio, in addition to being a spotlighted singer/songwriter at the annual TAXI Music Convention in Los Angeles and CMJ's Music Marathon in New York City.
For more information on Garth Michael McDermott’s “Highways and Ghosts,” visit http://www.garthmichaelmcdermott.com or http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/garthmm2 to read reviews by those who have been affected by this honest and moving musical diary.
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