Michael McDermott, Dear County (Duo)

Michael McDermott

Dear County (Duo)

Wed, May 16, 2018

8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Michael McDermott
Michael McDermott
Michael McDermott’s brand of rock n’ roll brims with the kind of well-honed style and wisdom that can only come from a career on the road and a pedigree in the studio. Effortlessly blending natural folk sensibility, pop hooks, and honest rock, McDermott’s music is as much for the outcast as the congregation. It’s an exploration of the dark corners of life’s journey and it resonates middle class truths through the passionate filter of a kid that grew up on Chicago’s Irish South Side.

If you are a fan of Springsteen, Van Morrison, John Steinbeck, Patti Smith … McDermott’s inspirational rock is in your wheelhouse, waiting late night with a guitar, spare smokes and stories of the American heart.

“McDermott’s music helped me to find a part of myself that wasn’t lost, as I had feared, but only misplaced. That’s why we love the ones who are really good at it, I think: because they give us back ourselves, all dusted and shined up, and they do it with a smile…Michael McDermott is one of the best songwriters in the world and possibly the greatest undiscovered rock & roll talent of the last 20 years” -Stephen King
Dear County (Duo)
Dear County (Duo)
Dear County’s debut LP Low Country, available August 26th on pOprOck records, is a dynamic 9 song offering that seamlessly blends the Oakland based band’s unique brand of California Country, Rock n’ Roll, and 60’s Soul. Low Country is a modern take on retro stylings, equal parts rough around the edges and dreamlike, laced with powerful yet heartbreaking vocals, four part harmonies and reverb-laden guitars.

Mark W. Lynn (lead guitar, vocals) and Arrica Rose (lead vocals, guitar) met on a spring evening at the Huntington Beach Library in Southern CA when Arrica was still a teenager and Mark was just a few years older. Her local punk band (Uxby) was opening for his touring band (Uranium 9 volt). They had a brief conversation involving their mutual Italian heritage and New York family roots. Fast forward many moons later, they re-met in San Francisco at Hotel Utah under similar circumstances. The stars aligned and their bands once again shared a stage, Arrica playing with her project Arrica Rose & the …’s and Mark with his, The Devil’s Own. After the show, Mark recalled their initial meeting, much to Arrica’s surprise. Within a few months a long distance love began and Arrica was arranging to spend a lot more time in the Bay Area (traveling up from Los Angeles). Just like that, Dear County was born.

Dear County was initially founded upon a mutual love of country music. Mark and Arrica began writing songs intending to start a simple classic country band. But given their vast and eclectic love of many genres their songwriting expanded toward 60’s Soul, 70’s Rock n’ Roll, and California Country while also adding the impossible to avoid indie rock influences. Drawing inspiration from artists like Gram Parsons, Eagles, Dusty Springfield, Big Star, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, and The Replacements the aim of Dear County soon evolved into paying respects to their influences while creating something uniquely their own. Once a handful of songs were in place Michael Smartt (drums), Nelson Saarni (bass, vocals), and Julia Napier (percussion, vocals) got on board to create the five-piece band Dear County is today.

Low Country was produced by Dear County and recorded by Lee Bothwick at Jingletown Recording in Oakland, CA with additional recording by Arrica Rose at The Treehouse. Mixed by Jason Achilles Mezilis at Organic Audio Recorders in Los Angeles, CA. and mastered by Dan Garcia at Radio Hill.
Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107