SJ's heroes feature on his latest album release
THEY say good things are worth waiting for, and last week saw the long-awaited launch of local musician SJ McArdle's album.
'It's called 'Blood and Bones', but it's more like blood, sweat and tears gone into the making,' says the Forest Hill man with a smile.
'This project started way back in October 2006, and it was all recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, with Tim Lauer engineering and producing.'
Songs from the album have already received a considerable amount of Irish airplay, as well as television promos for Grey's Anatomy and Survivor.
'Some of my all-time heroes appear on the album, like Rodney Crowell, guitarist Richard Bennett and the Love Sponge Strings, who can be heard on Springsteen's 'The Rising', says SJ.
' We have called the result 'futuristic roots', and it is a mix of rock, pop and roots, with some unexpected twists.'
Solo and with a band, SJ has toured Ireland and played shows in Germany, including the legendary Bardentreffen festival in Nuremburg.
In 2009, he completed a European arena tour as special guest to Reamonn, playing to 70,000 people over three weeks.
SJ has also been in occasional demand as a session musician, playing mandolin for Ricky Warwick as they opened shows for Bob Dylan (Odyssey, Belfast) and Sheryl Crow (Point, Dublin) as well as at Oxygen.
He has also shared a stage or studio with Neil Hannon, Stewart Agnew, Joe Elliott and Ray Heffernan and has played support in his own right, to the likes of Glenn Tilbrook, Steve Wickham, John Spillane, Reamonn and The Thrills, as well as wowing a preOscar party in Los Angeles in 2006.
Tickets are on sale for a live show in the Droichead Arts on Thursday July 14th,' adds SJ.