NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 10 2016) – Grammy-award winning producer, songwriter and musician John McEuen is set to release a new single to radio —“Excitable Boy.”* The Warren Zevon favorite is highlighted on McEuen’s new 16-song, high-definition recording project titled MADE IN BROOKLYN (due September 30/Chesky Records) and will be released to radio and available for streaming August 26, 2016. Fans who pre-order the album (available for pre-sale on 8/26/2016 via all major digital retail outlets) will receive a digital download of the single as an instant gratification gift to the purchaser.
“‘Excitable Boy’ is one of the strangest songs I’ve heard; like ‘Knoxville Girl,’ ‘Polly Von,’ or ‘Mack The Knife,’ it could be classified as a ‘killer ballad’.” McEuen said. “Not that we were looking for something morbid; I just felt compelled to record something dark. It’s a classic and an all-time Zevon fan favorite. It works great as a ‘new’ Bluegrass murder ballad, but is not likely to make it to the Opry!”
Featured on McEuen’s newest solo album, “Excitable Boy” offers music enthusiasts a taste of what’s to come from this highly anticipated Chesky Records project. MADE IN BROOKLYN is chock-full with signature originals, pays homage to yesteryear and highlights a lost classic. With multi-genre and generation appeal, created in similar fashion to the landmark WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN (with musicians all in one room, in this case a church in Brooklyn, recording in a circle all at the same time), “Excitable Boy” spotlights performances by David Bromberg [who has performed alongside Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson, Jorma Kaukonen, Jerry Garcia, Rusty Evans (The Deep) and Bob Dylan], Matt Cartsonis (Zevon’s stage partner for many years), Andy Goessling (Railroad Earth) and Jay Ungar on fiddle.
MADE IN BROOKLYN is a “music-to-your-ears” audio feast purposefully produced to give the listener an “in-studio experience,” part of Chesky’s Binaural + Series. Borrowing from an old-fashioned, live production method, all musicians were strategically positioned in a reverberant church (located in Brooklyn, NY) for a simultaneous recording. The live performances were captured in high-resolution (24-bit/192kHz) with the single “Dummy Head” microphone system, affectionately named “LARS.” (Lars’ ear microphones are specially calibrated to recreate the spatial characteristics of human hearing to offer a spacious, lush and multi-dimensional listening experience). MADE IN BROOKLYN is poised to rank among the audiophiles’ top “must-have” recordings; “Excitable Boy” will be at the top of the playlist.
“Excitable Boy” • ON RADIO 8/26/2016 • Available 8/26/2016 for streaming.
MADE IN BROOKLYN • Available 9/30/2016 via all major digital retail outlets and HD Tracks.
[Album pre-sale begins August 26, 2016; purchasers who take advantage of the pre-order, will receive “Excitable Boy” as an instant gratification track.]