Devoting a lifetime to music, he’s performed and written for a slew of bands up and down the West Coast. 2004 saw him join multi-platinum iconic Seattle luminaries The Presidents of the United States of America on guitar. He toured everywhere with the band and remained integral to 2008’s critically acclaimed These Are the Good Times People and Kudos to You! in 2014. During Spring 2016, he dove headfirst into penning ideas for what would become Andrew McKeag Band. It proved to be the right time to launch his next act.
In order to capture this vision, he enlisted the talents of drummer Charlie George and bassist John Krylow and recorded with producer Scott Hackwith [The Ramones] in downtown Los Angeles at Cassette Recordings. Immediately, they tapped into an indescribable and inimitable chemistry. “It was a really great experience,” says Andrew. “We all clicked in the studio and turned out the album quickly.”
Andrew and Co. also take on Mountain’s “Never In My Life” with a little help from not one, but two guitar legends—Brad Whitford of Aerosmith and Zakk Wylde of Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society, and Zakk Sabbath. They lock and load the tune with incendiary fret fireworks and epic interplay between the three six-string-slingers.
“Sometimes, I work as a road manager for the Experience Hendrix tours,” he continues. “Along the way, I became buddies with Brad and Zakk. Mountain is one of Brad’s favorite band. He told me stories about seeing them in Boston back in the day. He and Zakk both played on the song during a day off in New Orleans. They’re such different guitar players and personalities, but it was really fun to have them on the same track—especially a song I love so much.”
In the end, not only does the record represent rock ‘n’ roll at its realist, but it’s also the best way to get to know Andrew. “This was an important moment for me,” he leaves off. “I’m really owning this. I want people to know this music still exists, and it’s thriving. That’s who I am and who I’ve always been.”