The Patrick McNeese Band is now recording the band's latest album of compositions by McNeese with the group's full collaboration on arrangements. Studio work on this full-length recording is happening at Shangri-La Productions in Lexington Ky.
The project is being produced by McNeese, Tom Martin and Duane Lundy. The members of the band include McNeese (guitar, lead vocals), Martin (keyboards), Maggie Lander (violin, vocals), Tripp Bratton (drums, vocals), Jesse Pena (lead guitars, bass) and Fred Hanchett (bass).
This group of diverse and inspired musicians bring something very special to the music they produce. Patrick shapes a story into lyrics and creates appealing chord structures, then invites the various stylistic influences and imaginations of band members to provide textures, shadings and expression.
This collaborative approach creates a distinctive and hard-to-categorize style of jazz-based music-making that reflects the wide array of musical styles these artists have accumulated - World, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Folk and Bluegrass.
The album project will endeavor to capture the essence of this highly evocative and dynamic music that in live performance is forever evolving as the musicians, mindful of the framework of the song, dabble in fresh ideas.
Most of all, when you listen to this music you can sense the joy these people always experience when they perform together.
Hallelu, the band’s debut album, has impressed listeners with its fresh approach and consummate musicianship and has been warmly reviewed and appreciated throughout Kentucky as well as some far-flung corners of the world, from Sao Paulo to Seoul. The project was recorded at Shangri-La following a successful 2014 Kickstarter campaign and continues to receive airplay regionally on WUKY/NPR radio.