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Paul Hadfield & The McCoys, based out of Chattanooga, TN, are rapidly establishing themselves as a band on the rise in the Southeast. A raucous live show, well-crafted songs, great musicianship, and passionate delivery are making the group a band to stop and notice. The band has recently been featured multiple times in Chattanooga press items in 2014, being called "one of Chattanooga's most exciting acts" by Aanan Butz of Nooga.com.
The band's music spans a wide range of musical influences including rock, country, blues, and bluegrass. In a time when genres are becoming largely meaningless, the band is often described as Americana or a "roots rock band," in the same tradition of songwriters like Tom Petty, John Fogerty, and Bruce Springsteen. The band has been compared to contemporaries like Blackberry Smoke and The Cadillac Three.
The current line-up features 4 members. Paul Hadfield, originally from Kentucky, sings lead vocals, plays guitar, and writes the songs. The rest of the band all hails from north Georgia. LaGarron Chastain plays lead guitar, Stephen Hare plays bass, and Daniel Hooker anchors the band on drums. Each member of the band brings a wealth of experience to the stage.
The genesis of the band was in 2011 when Paul caught the attention of Grammy-nominated producer Kent Wells, a Nashville guitar slinger who has gone on to produce American icons like Dolly Parton. Paul and Kent recorded Paul's debut EP, Our Lives, at The Sound Kitchen in Franklin, TN.
Our Lives was completed and released in the summer of 2011. Paul was featured in a hometown publication, Paducah Life, along with Larry Stewart of Restless Heart as an example of an artist "on his way."
After a move to Chattanooga, a Craigslist ad, and a revolving door of musicians, Paul Hadfield & The McCoys emerged and has been performing in support of the album at celebrated venues in Nashville like 12th & Porter, Mercy Lounge, and 3rd & Lindsley, which are all regular stopping points for national touring acts. Paul and the McCoys have also made their way down to the Hard Rock Cafe in Atlanta, GA and recently made their debut in Athens, Ga as well. The band is playing regularly at local venues like Rhythm & Brews in the Chattanooga area. Highlights of the 2013 summer tour were an outdoor gig at AT&T Field in Chattanooga in coordination with the Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers) baseball organization, a 2nd appearance on the Billy Block Show in Nashville, opening for EMI songwriter Channing Wilson, playing with legendary songwriter Roger Alan Wade, and a riverboat cruise on the Southern Belle with Cat Country 95.3.
The guys are off to a fast start in 2014. In April, the band opened for Mitch Rossell, a popular Nashville country singer, followed by a big performance at the Nightfall music series in Chattanooga, opening for Roadkill Ghost Choir. The band capped off the first half of the year with a return to AT&T Field in partnership with the Lookouts and a huge show as the act chosen to launch Chattanooga's annual Riverbend festival, a weeklong music festival that included acts like Gary Allen, Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, and Corey Smith. Soon after the Riverbend show, the band was one of 100 bands selected from more than 5,000 submissions to compete in the Southern Original competition that spans 10 southern cities.
The band is currently gearing up for the Fall with plans to record a new album.
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The album Our Lives is available on iTunes. You can also download Our Lives and the more recent "On Our Feet Again" at paulhadfieldandthemccoys.bandcamp.com. You can also find Paul and the band on Spotify and Pandora.