(Preview and Download Patrons of The Saint tracks on iTunes HERE)
The album is now in early Grammy ballot consideration, and has met with positive reviews: NOLA.com reviewer Alison Fensterstock called Patrons of the Saint: ” … a collection of passionate, joyful and crafty underground pop tunes that is, not for nothing, very much in keeping with what seem to be current national trends in that arena.
There are full, jazzy and lushly arranged parts for violin, organ and horns; hints of late ’60’s-style country-pop; a bit of the sort of subtle references to African jazz-pop that bands like GIVERS and Vampire Weekend make more overtly, and a sunny, Beatle-ish psychedelia that makes the sound swirl, but never get too freaky. (Indeed, the unabashed Beatles fan McKee slyly quotes the White Album track “Honey Pie” straightaway, in the album opener “Strangers Again”; the wistful, sad-romantic “Glendive” owes plenty to John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy.”) The gently ecstatic “We Won The War” sounds like something you’ve heard already, in a hip indie film or a television commercial that’s licensed it specifically in order to sound more credibly hip, and indie.
Released in February 2013, “Patrons of the Saint,” shouldn’t be mistaken for an appeal to a national audience, at least not just that. Its production is tighter and more clean than any of McKee’s many other bands’ offerings, but that’s likely due to the hand of producer Jeff Beninato, the former bassist, late in the band’s career, for the tight ’80’s power-pop outfit the dBs.”
Patrons of the Saint CD release celebrations were held at The Blue Nile, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Circle Bar and the Louisiana Music Factory where the CD is also for sale. The CD debuted on DJ Marc Stone’s WWOZ-FM radio show. For bookings and media inquiries: contact@micahmkeelittlemaker.
Back from a recent national tour, you can catch Micah McKee and Little Maker in New Orleans on Monday, October 21, at Chickie Wah Wah, Sundays at Circle Bar and Thursdays at The Blue Nile on Frenchmen Street.
Patrons of the Saint CD Team:
Executive Producer: Allison A. Davis
Producer: Jeff Beninato
Engineer: Tom Stern
Mixed by Jeff Beninato and Tom Stern at Blue Velvet Studios
Mastered at Axis Studios by Misha Kachkachishvili
Tom Worrell: Piano on Chichen Itza
(Additional bass and guitar: Beninato and Stern)
Cover photo by Curtis Knapp
Little Maker Band Members (clockwise)
Rebecca Crenshaw: Violin
Mark Lamaire: Bass
Micah McKee: Vocals, Guitar, Songwriting
Luke Hudleston: Trombone
Greg Beaman: Trumpet
Damien Louviere: Guitar
Patrick Fee: Drums