The Alternate Root: El Camino Real Album Review

February 28, 2019  Danny McCloskey
Joey McGee from the album El Camino Real available on Mosaic Sun Music

The songs of Joey McGee are musical chameleons, the stories claiming the same diversity. The songwriter introduces tales and characters that he collected on his travels after leaving his native New Orleans, Louisiana on his latest release, El Camino Real. The songman fuels “Old Beat Up Car” with a Tex Mex rhythm, shuffles an assured groove to give air to “The Cape”, slides guitar notes in to cheer the beat-up man in “Sunday Blues”, and lets a solid backbeat light a fire for “Deep in the Heart”. 

El Camino Real’s blend of Blues, Rock, Soul, and Country find a home under an Americana umbrella, Joey McGee feeling that the album ‘taps into the rootedness of who I am — a Southern, Creole-Cajun musician working through my hang-ups and trying to make the world a better place along the way. These songs are a good reflection of where I am in life. They feel like rich, warm, black earth in your hands’. The beat and the lady both hold on to a sharp-edge throughout “Hurricane” as Joey McGee shows the time of our lives as “The Journey” and lets honky tonk tears flow with the sway of “Pining” while El Camino Real stages “The War You Wanted” on a Rock righteousness. 

Listen and buy the music of Joey McGee from AMAZON

NOTE: This review was originally published by The Alternate Root, February 28, 2019

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