9 Songs, 31 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After churning out seven studio albums (and a live one), touring relentlessly, and dealing with various labels since the mid-'90s, it just made more sense for Pat McGee to self-release his eighth album. No Wrong Way to Make It Right finds the Richmond, Va., tunesmith settling into a warm and rootsy kind of twang, void of Nashville’s shiny bells and whistles. “Release” opens with subtly catchy hooks grappling from the chorus melody, while chiming acoustic guitars strum along a lightly distorted electric six-string. But it’s the handsome, three-part vocal harmonies flowing throughout that make this song instantly likeable. The title track follows with more traditional country instrumentation: banjo, fiddles, and a perfectly picked Dobro guitar resonate under McGee’s earnest inflections. Lucy Woodward chimes in on the moving ballad “How We Got Here,” where her honeyed voice upstages the watery pedal-steel notes. Stephen Kellogg and Keaton Simons round out “See You Again” with awesome three-part harmonies.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After churning out seven studio albums (and a live one), touring relentlessly, and dealing with various labels since the mid-'90s, it just made more sense for Pat McGee to self-release his eighth album. No Wrong Way to Make It Right finds the Richmond, Va., tunesmith settling into a warm and rootsy kind of twang, void of Nashville’s shiny bells and whistles. “Release” opens with subtly catchy hooks grappling from the chorus melody, while chiming acoustic guitars strum along a lightly distorted electric six-string. But it’s the handsome, three-part vocal harmonies flowing throughout that make this song instantly likeable. The title track follows with more traditional country instrumentation: banjo, fiddles, and a perfectly picked Dobro guitar resonate under McGee’s earnest inflections. Lucy Woodward chimes in on the moving ballad “How We Got Here,” where her honeyed voice upstages the watery pedal-steel notes. Stephen Kellogg and Keaton Simons round out “See You Again” with awesome three-part harmonies.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

Jeffardy ,

"Release"

I first saw PMB when they opened for Sister Hazel, so it's no real surprise that they finally get around to covering a Sister Hazel song. "Release" is reason enough to give this album a whirl, though I do enjoy the back-to-his-roots, genre-crossing sound.

Loni ,

Good Job Pat!

One of the very best live performers I've seen. Great talent! This album is another great collection of tunes. I'm very excited to have some new tunes to love! :)

shortstack16 ,

Welcome Back!

I have been following Pat since 2000, when my sister took me to a concert at Irving Plaza. I have almost every record and was visiting my sister in RI when we stumbled on a performance at a bar in RI. So I made a point to go see him last summer at City Winery in NYC in 2010 and I have been anxiously awaiting this new record. Congrats, Pat! Welcome back!!! I love it!

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