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American roots-rock group hits another creative peak with eighth album

MEMPHIS, TN — Award-winning songwriter. College music professor. Road warrior. One of the most active frontmen in modern-day roots music, Jason Lee McKinney has spent the past decade in an absolute whirl of activity, earning an international following along the way.

He hits a new creative peak with Pieces, the eighth studio album from Jason Lee McKinney Band. Recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Kevin Houston (Buddy Guy, Robert Plant, Lucero) at Jim Dickinson’s Zebra Ranch (North Mississippi Allstars), the album whips up McKinney's own form of soulful American gumbo, finding room for roadhouse rock & roll, bluesy slide guitar, stomping grooves, countrified soul, and the larger-than-life swagger of McKinney's voice. Separately, these are the individual pieces of Jason Lee McKinney Band's sound. Together, they form something raw, raucous, and redemptive — a recipe that's worth revisiting again and again.

Lean and lively, Pieces shines a light on McKinney's songwriting, which has already earned the group a Top 10 hit in Texas (2016's "Lisha's Leaving"), an ever-growing number of national and international tours, and multiple industry awards, including a Josie Music Award for Male R&B Vocalist of the Year in 2019 and an Independent Country Music Association award for Artist of the Year in 2014. Mixed with contributions from longtime bandmates Barry Strauser and Billy Wright, as well as background vocals from fellow Memphis-based soul artists Reba Russell and Susan Marshall, those songwriting chops serve as the bedrock for some of the band's most groove-heavy performances to date.

"I’ve always loved the groove and musicianship of funk and jam bands," says McKinney. "I just wondered if the wide open arrangements caused some people to overlook how amazing the songs were. I aimed to write songs with the musicianship, grooves and melodies of those types of bands, but with tighter, cleaner arrangements."

Fueled by bluesy bombast and twin guitar leads, "Normal is Just an Exit" kickstarts Pieces with plenty of fiery fretwork. It's the title track, though, that fully embodies the album's concept. Co-written with McKinney's son, Zion, "Pieces" is a tribute to new beginnings and forward momentum, set to a soundtrack of anthemic melodies, searing guitar, and gospel harmonies. "This song is the essence of the whole record," says McKinney. "It bonds elements of the band’s sound together so thoroughly, it creates a new compound."

A rock & roll intellectual who holds a Doctorate, an MBA, and a BA in Management, Jason Lee McKinney is smart enough to know when he's creating his best work. And Pieces — released via Bonfire Music Group and filled with diverse, driven songs that are every bit as electrifying as the band's celebratory live show — represents another musical milestone, pairing some of McKinney's sharpest writing to date with a band that continues to fire on all cylinders. Full speed ahead!

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This song takes place just before the Dust Bowl began, when the prairie was still an idyllic place, filled with hope and optimism. This is a gentle story of puppy love on the Great Plains of the late 1920s. From the album "Dust Bowl - American Stories" available on iTunes, and other retailers starting in June 2017 (signed copies available now at the artist's website:

Words and Music © Grant Maloy Smith
℗ 2017 Suburban Cowboy Music

Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Mandolin: Grant Maloy Smith
Pedal Steel guitar: Mike Johnson
Dobro: Rob Ickes
Flute: Wouter Kellerman
Cello: Tim Lorsch
Banjo: Scott Vestal

Produced by Grant Maloy Smith and Jeff Silverman
Grant's parts recorded at Suburban Cowboy Studio, RI
Dobro, pedal steel, cello recorded at Palette Studio, Nashville
Banjo recorded at Digital Underground, Nashville
Flute recorded at Kellerman Studio, Melbourne, Australia

Mixed and mastered by Jeff Silverman at Palette Music Studio Productions (MSP), Nashville, TN
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