European Tour

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Well, if 2009 finishes the same it started I”m in for my busiest year yet.  I haven’t had a day off since January 1 and I”m loving it.  I’m checking in from England.  I’m on tour with my old friend Big Sam from New Orleans.  Rocking the fish and chips and pints before the gig in Manchester.  Off to Paris and London in the next couple of days.  Jamie McLean Band just finished recording tracks for the new album that will be released this summer!  Once I get back to the states the band and I head right back out on the road for more shows! More updates about the European tour, upcoming shows and the new Jamie McLean album in the coming days.  Cheers, Jamie

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New Years Eve Photo Gallery

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

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Live Online Interview – Q and A

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Join us at the Carolina Live Music Society web site Sunday 12/28 at 5:30pm. Quintessential guitar player and former Dirty Dozen Brass Band member Jamie McLean will be dropping in to answer questions about his album American Heartache, touring in 2008, and the upcoming New Years Eve celebration at the Double Door Inn in Charlotte!

Below is the link to the thread you want to follow… CLMS staff will conduct a short interview and then open up a Q & A for members to ask their own questions. Join us!

You can view the full announcement by following this link:,319.0.html

The Carolina Live Music Society Team.

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FREE Download Of Unreleased American Heartache!

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

We’d like to thank all of the fans for making 2008 our biggest year yet! The response to the new album American Heartache has been fantastic and the response to the live shows has been better than ever! As a thank you we are releasing an alternate version of American Heartache.

Download it for FREE, share it with friends, put it on your iPods. We will be releasing more free tracks over the next few months including more live recordings. Here are some notes regarding the track from Jamie…

“This version of American Heartache happened sort of by accident. We were tracking the album at Allaire Studios which sat on top of a mountain in Upstate New York and the vibe there was unbelievable. Creativity and inspiration seemed to ooze out of the walls and it certainly inspired this track. We had already recorded the “official” version of American Heartache which is more up tempo and has a Tom Petty or Ryan Adams Americana feel to it. I remember we were all getting ready for dinner and things were loosening up. The lights were low, the red wine had been poured. Jon started playing the piano part almost as a ballad and I started singing along. It felt right. The next thing we knew Carter came in on the chorus with that beat and suddenly we had this great “other” thing happening on the tune. When we finished we all sort of looked at each other and knew we had something special. Little did we know Stewart Lerman who was producing the record had rolled tape and the whole thing was recorded! Thanks Stewart! It is certainly different that the original recording but I love it and I can still feel the vibe that we had the night we tracked it. Enjoy it!”


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New Years Eve Show

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Come ring in 2009 with Jamie McLean in Charlotte NC! The band will be rocking the historic Double Door Inn and we want you to join the party! Tickets are now available! The band will then play their first shows of 2009 in Asheviile and Knoxville January 2 and 3.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Gobble Gobble! See you for a Post Thanksgiving Throwdown in Burlington VT on Friday December 28!

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Live Acoustic Set From Relix Released!

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Jamie McLean is featured in the latest issue of Relix magazine. The article discusses his time with Dirty Dozen Brass Band, touring on his own and the new album American Heartache. In celebration of the piece Jamie and the boys set up at Relix’s New York offices for an intimate acoustic set. The band ran down American Heartache and Working Man from the new album as well as a sneak peak of Hold on Tight and Checkmate which will be officially debuted on the group’s 2009 release. The private set was recorded and we are pleased to offer it as a thank you to the fans. Enjoy!

Live Acoustic Set from Relix (mp3)

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The Press Reviews American Heartache!

Friday, November 14th, 2008

The critics are weighing in on American Heartache and the response has been overwhelming.  We are glad that press and fans alike are loving the new album.  Here are a few recent reviews of the albums.  If you haven’t picked up your copy yet head over to the music store and order one today!

“Bill Whiting for An Honest Tune”

Jamie McLean follows up his successful solo debut, This Time Around, with the career-cresting masterwork American Heartache. Full of forceful rock and roll, McLean steps up to the plate, and knocks one out with the help of special guests’ Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Luther Dickinson and Shannon McNally.

Starting with the pounding rhythms of “Can You Hear Me Now,” McLean moves into position with a strong vocal attack and virtuoso guitar lines to match soloist Dickinson’s arpeggios. “Cherry Tree” is radio-ready fare, an escalating bravura performance capped by Jon Solo’s expressive Hammond B-3 work and supportive sousaphone courtesy of Kirk Joseph.

There are many choice tracks on American Heartache, from the pulsating street stories of “Up Down” to the album’s anthem, a McLean/Solo composition titled “Don’t Do Me That Way” to the engaging duet with McNally on “Bottle of Love.” McLean’s backing ensemble offers up some of the recording’s most inspired passages, led by Solo, Carter McLean on drums, and Derek Layes on bass.

Produced by Stewart Lerman and recorded at Allaire Studios in Woodstock, NY and Piety Street Studios in New Orleans, American Heartache builds upon the foundation of This Time Around and unleashes state of the art pop-rock from one the form’s finest artists.

American Heartache is out now.

“Baby Sue for LMNOP”

Jamie McLeanAmerican Heartache (Independently released CD, Pop/rock)
Newcomer Jamie McLean has connections to a lot of well-known artists…but we won’t hold that against him at this point in time. McLean plays a sort of bluesy guitar-oriented pop/rock that should be instantly appealing to the majority of listeners in the United States. Instead of creating loud abrasive noise, Jamie plays simple hummable hard pop music that sounds instantly familiar. He’s got a cool gravely voice and his guitar playing is appropriately slick and determined. McLean’s tunes have the sound and energy of a great bar band…but the sound is much bigger and slicker. Our guess is that girls and guys across the country will immediately embrace this music. Cool hummable cuts include “Can You Hear Me Now,” “Up Down,” “Simple Minded,” and “Cold Wind.” (Rating: 4++++)

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Solo Acoustic set at The Bitter End

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Thanks to everyone for coming out to the Bitter End set. It’s always fun to strip the songs down to their original forms. All by my lonesome with an acoustic guitar. The Bitter End has a great vibe and a long history and the other night it felt like I was back at home in my living room singing these songs that I love. The set included solo versions of American Heartache as well as a couple unreleased tunes, Bible on the Table and Summer Rain.

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Two New York City Shows

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

We are excited to announce 2 special shows in the band’s hometown of New York City. On Monday November 3rd Jamie McLean will perform a very special solo acoustic show as a part of the New York Songwriters Circle at The Bitter End. Jamie joins a handful of other great artists and will perform his original material in an intimate solo acoustic setting. On Wednesday November 12th Jamie McLean and his full band will return to the Mercury Lounge to perform a full electric set of new music The band is excited to debut brand new tunes for the first time in a live setting before heading into the recording studio later this winter. We hope to see all of the great New York fans out for these special shows!