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Holiday House Party Returns!

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Jamie McLean Band is thrilled to announce the return of our Holiday House Party Tour series! The Holiday House Party was such a success last year that we are bringing it back by popular demand! We love playing the big venues but some of the most fun we’ve had is setting up acoustic (or electric) in intimate settings with fans up close and personal!

So let’s throw a party! Invite some friends over, pour a couple of drinks, and get ready for JMB to crank things up in your living room, backyard or wherever it is you like to get your dance on!

If you’re interested in having JMB perform at your event please send an email to jamiemcleanband@gmail.com with the following information.

Your Name
Where You’d Like To Party
2 Possible Party Dates

See you there!

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New Jamie McLean Band Album

Monday, July 25th, 2016

In late May Jamie McLean Band went into the famed Sound Emporium studios in Nashville TN to record our new album. Wilco’s Ken Coomer was brought in to produce the sessions and we are thrilled with the results! The album features Jamie McLean, Brian Griffin and Ben Mars as the core group but we also decided to bring in some special guests. Sam Bush, Lucie Silvas and Jeff Coffin of Dave Matthews Band join the recording along with many of our Nashville friends.

This is by far our strongest album to date and we can’t for you to hear it! There are some fan favorite cuts on the record that JMB has been playing in the live shows but there are also a bunch of brand new songs that will be new to the world! The album has just been mixed and we are almost ready to share it with you!

Stay tuned!

JMB:Sam Bush

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“Sunday Morning” Is Now Available!!

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Jamie McLean Band’s “Sunday Morning” is now available!   “Sunday Morning” is based in the Blues and features 7 original Jamie McLean Band songs dripping with Blues, Soul, and Southern attitude.

“Sunday Morning” features special guests John Popper from Blues Traveler on harmonica and Nigel Hall of Warren Haynes Band and Soulive on Hammond organ, piano and vocals.

This is the 2nd in a series of 4 releases from the band this year and by all accounts it is the band’s strongest and most well received release yet! Grab your own digital download copy or autographed physical CD.
Click on the album cover to get your copy today!

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“Time Of My Life” Photo Shoot

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

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What Do You Want To Hear?

Monday, January 17th, 2011

The first electric EP has been recorded and is being mixed and mastered this week and will be available next month! We are gearing up to head back into the studio to record the next EP.

What do you want to hear from JMB?


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John Varvatos Presents Album Release Party New York City March 3rd

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

We are pleased to announce that “Time Of My Life” is now available and that means we are throwing a party! On Thursday March 3, Rock and Roll fashion icon John Varvatos will be sponsoring the band’s official release party at his 315 Bowery location in New York City (the original CBGB’s). The show will feature free drinks (thanks Heineken and Moonshine whiskey), plenty of shmoozing, a blazing set from Jamie McLean Band and of course…….copies of the new album.

This is an “invite only” party but we want our fans to be there with us! If you’d like to come please RSVP to this email jv_pr3@vfc.com and your in! The show starts at 8pm along with the free drinks!

From there the band will head south for shows in Washington DC and beyond. Thanks for all your support, we hope to see you on the road and we hope you enjoy “Time Of My Life”!

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Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band, Fall Tour Dates and More!

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Now THAT was a summer tour! We toured from the East Coast to the West Coast to Canada and back again. We played in the rain, in the sun, in blues bars, in theaters at festivals and in ampitheaters and we can’t thank the fans enough for making each show so special! Our tours found us on the road with Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Blues Traveler, G Love and Special Sauce, Jackie Greene and we loved every minute of it!

THANK YOU for coming out and joining us!

We’ve taken the last couple of weeks to rest the vocal chords, sleep in our own beds, warm up the tube amplifiers and rehearse a ton of new music! We can’t wait to debut a ton of new songs this fall that we are preparing for our next studio album! The fall tour will be making stops in select cities only so we hope you make the most of it and head out to the show nearest you! ROAD TRIP! We will make it worth your while. Promise.

Things get going later this month as I open up for Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band in the Midwest. It will be me all by my lonesome doing solo sets and I can’t wait! Derek and Susan’s new group is the baddest band in the land and you NEED to check them out. From there we will join up with Colorado rockers Kinetix to tour the Northeast before heading South and West again. Look for more dates to be announced very soon!

Thanks again to all the fans for all of the support! We love playing for you and can’t wait to see you this fall!

Rock on. Jamie, Ben and Brian

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Lonesome Dove-Solo Acoustic Shows

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

I just finished up my first week of dates on my solo acoustic tour. For one thing there are a lot less people on stage. There is also a lot more room in the dressing rooms. I didn’t find myself talking to myself but I did make little tour videos of myself.

The solo dates this summer have me opening for Joan Armatrading who reminds me a bit of Tracy Chapman. The shows have been in some really big and beautiful rooms and have generally been sold out. Its always fun to play for a packed house. I’ve been playing 30 min sets which is a perfect amount of time for a solo set. It’s been a ton of fun getting back to the way that I originally wrote these songs. Just me and an acoustic guitar. The only subtle difference is that 1000 people are quietly waiting on your every word. I can’t say that I’ve been nervous at all, (you know……little ol’ me with just a guitar and a mic in the spotlight). It’s almost been the opposite. I’ve been excited for the challenge of entertaining a thousand people all by myself for a half an hour. It’s honest. It’s intimate. It’s quiet. It’s dynamic. It’s true to the essence of the songs and I’ve really been digging it. I’ve also been able to dig into the catalog of songs and dust off some tunes that the full band and I haven’t done in a while which is refreshing.
“Bottle of Love” and “Natalie” and “Don’t Do Me That Way” and “Yesterday’s News” have all made appearances into the set lists and the response has been great.

When it’s just you on stage you obviously have complete control as to what the songs are going to do. I’ve been able to steer the tempos to different zones. I’ve been able to completely stop songs in the middle of the tunes for effect. I”ve been able to sing as quietly as possible. I’ve been able to use (or not use) the microphone to really emphasize specific parts of the tunes. It’s an amazing feeling to sing to a full theater with no microphone at all. You can feel it filling the room and hitting the back walls. You can feel a real connection with the audience. There is nothing between you and them. It is a conversation.

I’ve also been playing a beautiful new acoustic guitar on this tour. Gibson Guitars has given me a Dove which is big and gorgeous. It has a dove inlay on the pick guard and wings on the bridge. It sounds huge and its really a pleasure to play such a beautiful instrument when it’s all by your lonesome.

I head back out on the road next week for some more acoustic dates. I’ll be in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Diego, San Francisco, Madison WI and St Paul, MN. I hope to see some of you out there for these intimate dates. Can’t wait.

Thanks for listening.

Talk soon, Jamie

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Peace and Glory – The Making Of

Monday, July 19th, 2010

www.JamieMcLeanBand.com
The new Peace and Glory video is coming your way shortly. Here are some behind the scenes to watch before it comes out. After the video go here to read more.
Enjoy.

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Peace and Glory Music Video

Monday, July 12th, 2010

7/10/10

 Well….we did it.  We made our first music video.  It was a long time coming.  There was a ton of planning both creatively and logistically to put it together but we made it happen and I’m really glad we did it.  We put in some long days but it was an amazing amount of fun.  I was a little skeptical going into the whole thing.  I’m not an actor.  I’m a guitarist and singer/songwriter.  But after I expressed that concern to our director he calmed me down.  “We know you’re not an actor. My job is to direct you. Just act natural.”  And off we went….

 The video is for the song “Peace and Glory”.  Track 3 off of the new album.  It’s a barn burner of a tune and it just screamed music video with the lyrical themes of carpe diem and the rock and roll guitar licks and all the fireworks from the band.  We filmed the video outside of New York City over Fourth of July weekend. Josh Eisenberg from Fridge Films directed the shoot along with a large crew.  Grips, gaffers, camera men, sound, lights, PAs, DAs……..you know………the usual Hollywood stuff.  I’ll write about the video in more detail soon but here’s a brief overview. The video takes place in an office.  Brian, Ben and myself are disgruntled workers who just can’t take it anymore.  “Step right up…..now’s your time…..take your chances……”  Also in the video is the boss who cracks the whip and a young secretary who has had enough of the office and wants to join the boys in the band for some fun.  Needless to say, chaos ensues.  The office gets trashed.  The boss gets put in the corner.  A romance develops. JMB turns the place upside down with a raging performance scene.  Guitars, fax machines, water coolers get destroyed and rock and roll seizes the day. There is definitely a nod to the movie “Office Space” here but as our director Josh says, “imagine Office Space meets Van Halen’s Hot for Teacher”.  Good Call. 

 It was definitely a lot of fun for us to make the video.  It reminded me a bit of the recording process of being in a studio all day.  There is a producer/director.  You work on some parts and then review them before moving onto the next piece.  It was really fun to work on something related to the music that is so creative and fun yet so completely different than the music itself.  We are looking forward to doing a follow up video and we are open to suggestions on themes or which songs you’d like to see a video for. 

 The video is currently being edited in post production and we hope to have its debut screening at our show at Blue Note in New York City on Friday July 30.  More details and some sneak peaks will be coming very soon so stay tuned. 

 Thanks for listening.

 Talk soon, Jamie

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