Chuck McDermott

(New York) Chuck McDermott, comes full circle from music to politics and back to music again with the upcoming release of his new album, Gin & Rosewater. His music career began in the 1970s in Boston, expanded into Southern California and the Southwest, and then took him around the world touring with legendary songwriter, John Stewart. McDermott took a break from music for 30 plus years to help raise his three children and launch a successful career in D.C. politics and environmental activism.

With a music career spanning nearly five decades, McDermott has an impressive list of accolades in the singer-songwriter/Americana genre. With beginnings in the late ‘70s as the Boston-based long-haired country band called Chuck McDermott and Wheatstraw, McDermott established himself early as an Americana icon. He released two successful albums distributed by Rounder Records, which were critically acclaimed by Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, The New York Times, Crawdaddy, Billboard, and others. He and his band toured extensively from Toronto to New Orleans, earning Chuck an induction into the Massachusetts Country Music Hall of Fame.

Today, McDermott returns full force to the music scene with his new album, Gin & Rosewater. He recorded 14 songs, 11 of them originals, with an impressive cadre of nationally known session musicians, including Stephen Stills, who calls the album “a refreshing work!” Produced by the highly regarded Lorne Entress (Lori McKenna, Mark Erelli, Ronnie Earle, Hayley Reardon), McDermott’s new album brings together a who’s who cast of roots music musicians, including Marco Giovino on drums (Robert Plant, Buddy Miller, Nora Jones, Don Henley, Rodney Crowell), Kevin Barry on guitar (Rosanne Cash, Peter Wolf, Mary Chapin Carpenter), Duke Levine on guitar (Peter Wolf, Leanne Womack, J. Geils) and Richard Gates on bass (Richard Thompson, Patty Larkin, Greg Brown, Ellis Paul).

Check out “Belvedere,” the first focus track from Gin & Rosewater by Chuck McDermott. The album is available now for pre-order here.

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