Wicked Saints, a LA band led by singer/songwriter Paul McCarty, has just released it’s self-titled debut album. With McCarty at the helm, Wicked Saints also features several other local LA musicians and singer/songwriters: Chad Watson (bass), John Gannon (drums), David Vidal (slide guitar), Brent Michelle (backup vocals).
The song that took my heart is “Mama,” McCarty’s ode to his mother, who he lost to Lou Gehrig’s disease. 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. Here is what McCarty has to say:
“My mom suffered for over two years with Lou Gehrig’s disease. It started in her extremities and gradually moved in to her core. Then she stopped breathing. She had a beautiful voice. She taught voice and piano in the house. She sang with the New Orleans Symphony Choir. She first noticed symptoms when she discovered she couldn’t reach as big an interval on the piano as she had been able to. My interval is 22 years. Mom, I wrote you a song.”
Wicked Saints | Mama
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