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Wicked Saints / Press

“Haunting, brave and beautiful. A really wonderful album, beautifully crafted and inspired, soulful songs with compelling, inventive production throughout.... Paul McCarty is plugged into the source, and these songs sing with great truth, joy, mystery and passion. A record for the ages.”

“#8 Wicked Saints – Don’t Kill the Blackbird Much like the Tejas Brothers, Paul McCarty and company deliver an album full of classy, diverse tunes that really showcases their backgrounds. These are what I like to call “thinking man” songs.”

“Their variety of styles could bring you into a jam-sound labeling, but the band is too in love with its rural origins to be labeled this way. In case you need a sort of etiquette. Folk-rock, American, swampy Louisiana grooves, reggae, pop, blues, all mixed and supported beautifully. Eagles and America are of course the most influential band influences, that never die and can be reused in time at every occasion.”

“WIcked Saints Don’t Kill the Blackbird is an album that’s easy to enjoy. It has solid songs, solid musicians, and solid production. There are all kinds of little audio candy throughout, both vocal and instrumental, that add to the foundation and make this something you want to listen to again and again. Now they just need to work on their videos.”

“For those that are fans of Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, The Band, America, or Dan Fogelberg, this will be right up your alley. Wicked Saints are a great act that should definitely be getting much more recognition from this. Get this CD and help the band reach that next level. Rating: 9/10”

“The third EP gem I’ve picked up lately is from LA-by-way-of New-Orleans band Wicked Saints. There’s a lot of ear candy in these songs. So the title track has its going down the road feel, but with a sweet banjo groove. Baby Gray Bird is an acoustic Sunday morning song with a Great Gig In the Sky moan that’s just perfect. Roll With the Changes starts with an almost chant. Pavan has this slightly discordant sound that injects not just a sound but a jittery feel to the music. The info for this collection is that it’s the first seven finished songs from an upcoming LP. If the rest of that record is anything like this EP it’s going to be a dynamite release.”

“How cool are these guys!? The band is fronted by Paul McCarty, a lanky honest looking guy. John Gannon played the cajon. He got up with bare feet no less, knocked out the kick patterns with his heel on the side of the cajon and laid in all kinds of texture and groove with brushes. You've heard of picking and grinning? John was grooving and grinning the whole time. He also knew how to lay back and let it open up when needed. It's obvious these guys have played together a lot. John looked so comfortable and happy up there, it was like watching a dog chew on a bone in the sun. You just HAVE to grin. Paul McCarty is a true artist. The songs are so direct and honest, there's no way this guy is just imitating someone else. For new artists, they talk about finding your voice. It sounds like Paul McCarty has had his own voice for a thousand years. These songs often have a slow understated pulse that feels like bloodflow. One of my favorites is Walkin' on the Water....”

“Last night... In a back alley in downtown Culver City, a wooden peephole door and a shiny logo entrance you into Seventy7 Lounge - a glamourous and nostalgic venue, laden with leather cushioned seats, martini glasses, and absinthe fountains. A quick hello to the doormen; another free show. We walk in while Wicked Saints are finishing up their set, having missed the first act, Tyler Suard... Wicked Saints claim a four-person band, but tonight it was just frontman Paul McCarty, vocals and guitar, and accordian player Bobby Thomas. Known for their raw organic sound, these gentlemen created a mood more than anything - an idea of simpler times, and feeling at one with the wild. Their talents are somehow naturally preserved in this jungle of a city, and they sound like they could be found in some old ghost town, singing their souls out with Neil Young.”

“Exquisite! Wicked Saints by Paul McCarty & Wicked Saints is a newAmericana classic. It’s a gumbo of groovy blues, edgy rock and country goodness. The songs are timely and timeless.... The vocals are truly touching and beautifully melodic and hypnotic. The album is awash with acoustic guitars and the musicianship is outstanding. It reminds me of the purely gut level songwriting of John Lennon and Bob Dylan. I could not get enough of this CD. Fabulous. Five Stars!”

"Wicked Saints" is a brilliant album where the listener is treated to become sophisticated and atmospheric acoustic folk songs (Which Way The Wind Blows, Give Me Time), excellent reggae outings (The Way I'm Strung, Bring Me Home) and pronounced blues influences (Walkin 'On The Water). A pleasant, stimulating and intoxicating album. Absolute highlights for me are the heart-wrenching Mama, the loss of Paul's beloved mother and the raw Run Run Todd. This number tells the escape of Todd Palin to his wife and American politician. This excellent CD from Wicked Saints deserves in my opinion much more interest from the music press than this so far have received.

“Add to the mix clever lyrics, interesting melodies, harmonica, a stellar recording by the Wicked Saints and you have a love song that we can't get out of heads!”

“His melodic guitar hook and bittersweet lyrics slither into my emotions, open up my heart, wind their way around my thoughts and make my eyes tingle. Simply, the song is poignantly beautiful.”