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Michael McDermott follows up his 2016 critically acclaimed Willow Springs with a new collection of songs, stories and sermons.
Michael McDermott follows up his 2016 critically acclaimed Willow Springs with a new collection of songs, stories and sermons.
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Michael McDermott is going into the studio this fall to record his 11th solo album. He will follow up his 2016 critically acclaimed Willow Springs with a new collection of songs, stories and sermons, further exploring the depths, triumphs and darkness of the American experience.

And so it goes......

Sometimes the road you take, leads you back to where you've been before. 
Sometimes to learn something new.
Sometimes to retrieve something you've forgotten. Sometimes to start again.....
To forge a new beginning, 
A more precise journey, 
To face challenges with new eyes, a new heart, a new vocation and some new magic up your sleeve.

It’s been two years since I've been here. 
So many miles in between. 
I must have sung a thousand songs, must have written at least a hundred. 74 flights, 3 of which I thought I would never survive
I must have traveled 100,000 miles to get to a hundred different places, to pull out a guitar, with nothing but insecurity as a cape and determination carved into my chest.
To wear the ill-fitted clothes of a servant.
To leave my family for to sing simple songs of salvation.
I have grappled with the enveloping doubt of any artist
Am I good enough?
Will they like me?
Did I please them.....?

These are the things I wrestle with at night after the show.
When all the chairs are up on the tables and the stage lights have gone dark.
Alone, in a strange hotel room....
Wanna know the funny part?

I love it all.....

Ok not the leaving the family part, but the rest in some way, I feel it’s my job, it’s the price I pay.
The price I pay for being lucky enough to have people listen to these songs I create out of nothing.
These stories I conjure when I’m caught in the ever tenuous layer between reality and dream.

What I’ve found more than ever.....It truly does take a village.

The support of fans, friends and strangers on Kickstarter afforded me a miraculous journey on the Willow Springs album. Traveling all over the world, meeting so many of you, hitting NUMBER 1 on the Euro Americana chart… it was a dream.

This time, we are gonna go further, we're gonna go higher.....we have positioned ourselves perfectly, and this new record will be met with great anticipation. I will be rounding up the usual suspects - Will Kimbrough, Lex Price, John Deaderick, Steven Gillis, Rich Parenti, Grant Tye, among others…to help create another universal neighborhood that we all can live in.....

I hope you wanna come along. Maybe you do, maybe you don't.... Honestly I wouldn't blame you either way.

I humbly thank you for all you have done for me, lo these many years. I shudder to think where I would be without your support, friendship, loyalty, generosity and kindness.

My most sincere thanks and gratitude, 
Michael  

 

Risks and challenges

The project will be completed - this record will be made and have life.
What kind of life that is will be up to the beautiful backers of this project. The challenge in the music world today is the expense of publicity and radio promotion. People always ask "why don't I hear Michael on the radio" - it's because that costs money we didn't have with Willow Springs. The more we raise this time, the higher this project will fly.

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