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As the new decade begins, veteran roots rocker, Rich McCulley, is celebrating an anniversary of his own with the release of his fifth album, the 11 track Americana pop “Starting All Over Again” which will be available March 16th on CD Baby and iTunes.
The 10 busy years since his debut record in 2000 have included 3 additional critically acclaimed albums, hundreds of gigs from coast to coast, many published songs and co-writes, production credits on many notable records and numerous prominent film and television placements. “Starting All Over Again” seems like an ironic title for someone with this level of credits, especially as McCulley’s new record is drenched in his classic, road-tested sound: satisfying melodies, chiming guitars, humable harmonies, whirling organs, soaring strings, all the elements of catchy roots pop delivered in tightly polished songs.
A clue to the album’s bittersweet tone is found in the dedication notes, where McCulley pays tribute to two friends who passed away from the roots-Americana scene in 2009; former girlfriend, Amy Farris and close friend/co-writer, Duane Jarvis. Their presence loomed large in McCulley’s work since his move to Los Angeles in 2004 as confidants, co-writers and band mates. The song, “Who’ll Hang The Moon” is a touching, loosely delivered musical reflection to Jarvis, a man he was proud to call a friend and mentor and is where the album finds its emotional center.
“Starting All Over Again” was self-produced at McCulley’s studio, Red Hill Recording, in Echo Park, CA.