Jason Lee McKinney Band | Troubadours, Vagabonds, and Thieves

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Troubadours, Vagabonds, and Thieves

by Jason Lee McKinney Band

Red Dirt Americana
Genre: Country: Americana
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1. That'll Preach
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4:26 album only
2. Two Steps
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3:25 album only
3. The Hardest Part
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5:01 album only
4. Long Long Gone
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3:46 album only
5. Strangest Places
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4:43 album only
6. Old Man Johnson
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5:21 album only
7. Mary Goes Round
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4:00 album only
8. Rattle That Cage
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3:04 album only
9. Whole Lotta Texas
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3:41 album only
10. Don't Deny the Proof
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3:48 album only
11. Mississippi
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3:32 album only
12. Dance With Me (Featuring Zakyra McKinney)
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4:47 album only
13. Passenger Side
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Instead of lyrics it seemed more appropriate to narrate the tale this album takes you on- not that anyone cares or buys albums anymore: The story of Troubadours, Vagabonds, and Thieves. I have been the reluctant protagonist in an odyssey the past five years; this album is the soundtrack. A journey of immense pain and loss: a lost marriage, lost career, lost faith (Don’t Deny the Proof) and a journey of renewal and acceptance: a new love that grounds me (Summer Makes the Sunshine), a renewed sense of the divine (Strangest Places), and an acceptance of the seeming paradox of who I am and all those who are my kindred spirits (That’ll Preach). I am a boy from the Midwest that loves Texas music (Whole Lotta Texas), rock, country, blues and soul. The son of a Rugby player, who was a “playa” on one side and the grandson of a bank robbing abusive hell raiser on the other; I have struggled with all the demons and vices that come with being the progeny of lust, liquor, and violence (Old Man Johnson). A casualty of generational poverty who still doesn’t have two nickels to rub together yet has a doctorate. A common man who loves his kids with the unabashed intensity that so prevents it from being hip or cool or even artistic that it more resembles the love displayed on the Hallmark channel; and I am perfectly fine with it (Dance with Me). Yet I am a man who fell in love with a dysfunctional and toxic mistress many years ago (Mary Goes Round) that has kept me chasing the wind, away from those kids and the wife who love me. When I am home I miss the road, when I am on the road I miss home (The Hardest Part). I am a self-absorbed hack poet who tweaks for the high of attention but always longs to come home and get the dopamine rush of getting a little naughty with my wife (Mississippi). A man who takes it all way too seriously; who needs to be told to loosen up- thank God she does (Two Steps), but when I do loosen up I don’t have the off button and I always take the party way too far (Rattle That Cage). I am a man who struggles to connect in relationships and often just wants to be left alone yet daydreams about being in a “us against the world” romance that becomes the stuff of legend (Passenger Side); A lover of tattoo sleeves and theology, sushi and deer meat, who tries to be “normal” and responsible but wants to just get in a car and leave it all for some beach and a good time (Long Long Gone). At the start of this journey I was lost. After a couple of careers as an artist came and went, I tried to “grow up,” change my ways and shape up; be a productive citizen and I could have done it. I would have been miserable but could have done it. As the fog began to clear and I looked around at those I admired, felt simpatico with, or even moderately liked I had an epiphany….they were like me. Troubadours, my friends are poets who write the tales of all our lives; they are vagabonds, they wander and wonder, they may not always know what they are searching for but they know it is not found here; my friends are thieves, they are stealing time, grace, love and life. This person I am, this life I lead, I have to lead is not an easy one. Music in our culture is valued less and less, its impact on culture or its value monetarily and this shows no signs of changing. Yet I am overwhelmed and grateful to be this person I am and to know others who are like me. Barry Strauser, Billy Wright, Brian Mullins, Jimmy Detalente, John Thomson, Tim Horsley, Justin Patton, Scott Faircloth, Kevin Lawson, Walt Wilkins, Drew Kennedy, Billy Crain, Ron Alley, Bubba Sherer and all my other brothers and sisters in arms- I am honored to know you, walk this with you. The journey is chronicled on this record; it is literally my life, our lives on a page and in a digital file, but not just mine, hopefully yours.


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