‘Uncouth Pilgrims’ Keegan McInroe - a distinctive desirable ‘rootsy’ feel that ‘rocks’(April 07, 2016)
With a somewhat laconic style and languid vocal delivery, even when he’s driving his music hard, Keegan McInroe interprets a mix of American country, blues and folk into a distinctive desirable ‘rootsy’ feel that ‘rocks’ and pervades his album ‘Uncouth Pilgrims’. Nothing rushed or hurried, straight from the heart and sometimes embracing a gentle edge, sometimes rough and ready this is earthy music that evokes warm nights, smoky bars and a foot-tapping audience wholly absorbed. From the quieter side of his serious observations to the more gutsy view of life, ‘Uncouth Pilgrims’ takes you on a journey down the back roads where you’ll find music that comes from somewhere visceral and primal.
Taking its title from a reference in Mark Twain’s acerbic travel book ‘Innocents Abroad’, the stories McInroe tells in ‘Uncouth Pilgrims’ take a long and steady look at people, the things they do and the impact of their actions. The result are narratives that prompt reflection and contemplation, all the while with music begging you to join in.
Playing on ‘Uncouth Pilgrims’ are Keegan McInroe (vocals, guitar) Roger Ray (pedal steel, dobro) Ginny Mac (accordion) Darrin Kobetich (mandolin) Austin Smith (fiddle) Gary Grammer (harmonica) and Christopher ‘Chill’ Hill (tambourine, shaker).
Review: Tom Franks