Michael McDermott

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades: 1990s 2000s


Illinois, USA. Chicago, Illinois-based singer McDermott had only just turned 20 when he was signed by Brian Koppelman of Giant Records in 1991, who co-produced his debut album alongside Don Gehman. However, Koppelman evidently saw in the songwriter a maturity beyond his years, inviting musicians including Bruce Hornsby to help out on the studio sessions. The subsequent Gethsemane was an attempt to move McDermott out of the ‘folk’ bracket, and featured a full-time backing band with which the artist subsequently toured. However, sales remained disappointing, and for his third album, McDermott played all the instruments himself. The songs were recorded as if they were ‘home demos’ at Joe Hardy’s garage studio in Memphis, and this helped to produce a more vibrant background to his demanding lyric-writing. Of the few parts not played by McDermott himself, the most interesting inclusion was the (unlisted) track, ‘Killing Me’, featuring...

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