The Nashville-based Jason Lee McKinney Band offers up 16 new spiritual songs on One Last Thing, the group’s 11th studio album and their first to embrace a gospel vibe that seamlessly matches the band’s soulful stew of rock, R&B, folk, blues, and country. One Last Thing, set for release on March 18, takes lyrical inspiration from scripture and musical cues from the band’s previous ten releases.
“One Last Thing brings out an overtone that has always been an undertone in our music in that it is drenched in the gospel,” says McKinney, who self-penned all 16 songs on the record. “On this album, we brought both the musical style and the message of the gospel to the foreground. That vibe was always part of our foundation, but now it’s front and center. It really didn’t happen through some master plan, but rather organically. Between the political climate, the pandemic, and the general nihilistic dissent of community, we found ourselves drawn to hope. Gospel music and the message it represents resonate that feeling.”
McKinney, who handles lead and background vocals, electric and acoustic guitars on One Last Thing, is joined by bandmates Barry Strauser on piano, organ, keyboards, and background vocals; Billy Wright on bass; Sam Berce on electric and acoustic guitars; and Logan Todd on drums and percussion. The record also features an array of guest musicians like Simon Alexander, Sebastian Falvo, Shannon Wickline, and Jules Belmont.
The award-winning singer, songwriter, and musician McKinney has spent more than a decade cementing a name for himself and his band in the competitive world of modern-day roots music. He’s a tireless artist, a man who earned a Doctorate, MBA, and BA in Management and spent time as a college music professor. McKinney even has a philosophy book coming out in the spring. McKinney and company made it a point to not coast during the upheaval of the pandemic, instead choosing to stay creative to keep the soul alive.
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