Dylan once wrote Destiny is a feeling you have that you know something about yourself nobody else does. If you try to be anyone but yourself, you will fail; if you are not true to your own heart, you will fail. Then again, there is no success like failure.
Cormac Neeson, the lead singer of Northern Irish rock band The Answer, blazed the road to rock n roll glory for the better part of a decade, touring the world, sharing stage supports with the likes of AC/DC and The Rolling Stones, achieving both fan and peer respect as not only an outstanding vocalist but consummate performer. Yet, recessed deep within his creative subconscious lay his Dylan destiny, a Celtic ˜knowing” that constantly gnawed for release from the straight jacket of rock n roll.
It is well documented that the last The Answer record Solas (2016) was their most soulful, personal and affecting album to date being rooted in an intense period in Cormac’s life, in part inspired by his journey from the edge of personal trauma as he overcame his first-born son Dabhog’s premature, life threatening and complicated birth. Following Solas, Neeson decided it was finally time to reach for something different and to lay bare a fresh creative direction that his heart demanded.
The result of three entrepreneurial self-funded writing trips to Nashville, is White Feather, a first solo album which propels Neeson into the life affirming world of Country soul, Celtic roots, Americana and laid back Folk rock. Through a series of crafted, introspective songs, he delivers a vulnerable, personal and very different sound drawing heavily on his recent experiences. Neeson has co-written songs with leading USA and Nashville country songwriters including 2016 Tennessee songwriter of the year Corey Lee Barker; Steve O Brien, Blue Miller, Chase Akers, Blake Densmore and Allen McKendree Palmer who between them have sold in excess of 30 million songs.
In January 2018, he packed his bags once again and headed to Nashville to track 15 songs for the White Feather album at the historic and famous Studio 19, now The Sound Kitchen. Purchased in 1964 by Scotty Moore, Elvis’ guitarist, Studio 19 has recorded a veritable who’s who of great American artists including Bruce, Dolly, Garth, Alabama, the list goes on. The studio is an icon of Nashville’s famed music row and Neeson tapped into the cities immense recording history and ambiance, working with some of the finest Country musicians from Detroit, Chicago and Tennessee, including guitarist John Heinrich (The Everly Brothers, John Mellencamp, The Beach Boys, Ronnie Milsap), multi-instrumentalist Pevy Pevahouse (Trace Adkins), Doug Kahn (Bass) and Steve Grossman (Drums), both from the Gibson Miller band and performers on India Aries Grammy award winning album Voyage To India.
Everything about this process has felt right. From the creation of these great songs to the cutting of the record, it’s been one huge emotional release for me.....like destiny unfolding the way it was always meant to happen (Cormac Neeson)
White Feather is not a one off. Neeson is looking forward to taking his new sound and band on the road in 2018, as he builds towards the album release at the end of this year. In White Feather, he has shed a skin, revealing something about himself that defies all previous perception. Perhaps for the first time in his career Cormac Neeson is, as Dylan would put it, being absolutely true to his own heart and he wants the world to know it.
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