Jamie McLean : American Heartache

jamie_mclean_american_heartache.jpgJamie McLean follows up his successful solo debut, This Time Around, with the career-cresting masterwork American Heartache. Full of forceful rock and roll, McLean steps up to the plate, and knocks one out with the help of special guests’ Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Luther Dickinson and Shannon McNally.

Starting with the pounding rhythms of "Can You Hear Me Now," McLean moves into position with a strong vocal attack and virtuoso guitar lines to match soloist Dickinson’s arpeggios. "Cherry Tree" is radio-ready fare, an escalating bravura performance capped by Jon Solo’s expressive Hammond B-3 work and supportive sousaphone courtesy of Kirk Joseph.

 There are many choice tracks on American Heartache, from the pulsating street stories of "Up Down" to the album’s anthem, a McLean/Solo composition titled "Don’t Do Me That Way" to the engaging duet with McNally on "Bottle of Love." McLean’s backing ensemble offers up some of the recording’s most inspired passages, led by Solo, Carter McLean on drums, and Derek Layes on bass.

Produced by Stewart Lerman and recorded at Allaire Studios in Woodstock, NY and Piety Street Studios in New Orleans, American Heartache builds upon the foundation of This Time Around and unleashes state of the art pop-rock from one the form’s finest artists. 

 American Heartache is out now.