Musicians come from all walks of life and while some have dedicated their lives solely to the music, others have found that sometimes life gets in the way and they have had to put the music on hold for a while. Such was the case for singer, songwriter, guitar player and Massachusetts Country Music Hall of Famer Chuck McDermott. Chuck spent many years working for Congressman Joe Kennedy II.
Recently returning to music full time, Chuck has a new album, “Gin and Rosewater” set for a May 22 release. It is his first album release in 34 years.
While Chuck has recorded albums with his band, “The Wheatstraw,” a number of years ago, Chuck says that the new album is the first time he has brought in a producer. Also appearing on the album is longtime friend Stephen Stills.
Now calling Boston home, it all began for the Iowa native with a birthday present of a guitar at age nine. The music of Tammy Wynette, Hank Williams Sr and Merle Haggard gave way to The Weavers, The Kingston Trio and The Beatles.
The teen years also led to forming a band – Chuck McDermott and the Wheatstraw.
As sometimes happens, the band led to a solo career and a long-term collaboration with John Stewart of The Kingston Trio that saw them touring together as a duo for a few years.
Chuck has also worked with Linda Ronstadt, Lindsey Buckingham, Freddie Fender, and Mickey Gilley.
In a recent interview, Chuck revealed that although he stepped away from music for a while, he never stopped writing songs. Speaking about his new album, Chuck said that he was glad to do it, adding that he was happy to start this new chapter in his life.
While the new album may signify a new chapter for Chuck, the first chapter continues to live on with the music.
photos used by permission of Chuck McDermott.
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