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Not What You Think

by MacVitties

Chris Isaak meets the “Jayhawks" This folk rock music, supported by skillful harmonies, is upbeat, refreshing and positive, appealing to every age group. The simplicity of structure gives the music a classic feel and belies the depth of feeling and t
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Change Your Mind
5:13 $0.99
2. Davy's Song
3:25 $0.99
3. Australian Song
3:32 $0.99
4. Does Anybody Know
3:28 $0.99
5. Evolution
4:35 $0.99
6. I'll Try
3:10 $0.99
7. The Garden
5:09 $0.99
8. One Fifteen
3:44 $0.99
9. Long Train Ride
4:48 $0.99
10. Tenderest Hour
5:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
Meet the MacVitties: Fred and Chris. Father and son. Although twenty-five years lie between them, nothing comes between their harmonies. Here, in the timeless truth of music, the experiences and influences of two lives meet and embrace.

Chris MacVittie has been the catalyst for the duo, though he would say it was his father's record collection that set this duo's career on its path. The Incredible String Band, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and of course, the Beatles all enticed the young MacVittie, who took every opportunity to listen to the music that shaped one generation and has taken hold of another. Now it resurfaces in the rich texture of lyric and music that Chris discovered when he was living alone in a shack in Australia.

After a brief college career, Chris followed his inner need to spread his wings with the decision to learn not within the confines of a University, but from the wide-open spaces of a small farming town outside of Brisbane. There he worked as a volunteer for a land conservation organization and spent most of his working days alone mending fences and nights wrangling meals over a campfire. In Australia, where some aboriginal tribes follow the songlines of their nomadic lives across the desolate terrain, Chris followed his own songlines. One night a mentor appeared offering him an old guitar and lessons in how to cook over an open fire. He learned a few chords and the songs that had been waiting within poured out in a voice that grew stronger and clearer with each new day.

Chris continued to play when he returned to the States, taking the occasional lesson and finding any opportunity to perform. When asked to sing at an open mike competition, he had the sudden inspiration to ask his father, Fred, to join him.

A former Marine who did a tour in Vietnam, Fred MacVittie loved his music and harbored a secret desire to sing. However, he chose the path of family responsibility and built a career as an environmental and safety consultant, reserving his musical ambition for family sing-ins on long car rides.

Chris didn't think twice about asking his father to sing with him, it was simply the next logical move to make. In no time father and son reached deep into their shared love of music blending their rich voices and close harmonies within each of their original songs.

"We've come a long way from the days of singing along to "The Beatles A to Z" in the car," Chris says. Today when Fred and Chris MacVittie join voices, it is to their own music and something magical happens -- something at once profound and effortless. That something has had a powerful effect on audiences throughout New England for the past several years. The MacVitties have been on the road playing everywhere from the Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, Club Passim in Cambridge, and the Acoustic Café in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to the Baggot Inn in Manhattan and The Towne Crier in Pawling, New York.

The MacVitties first CD, "Not What You Think" received Boston Sound Check Magazine Reviews' highest rating of 4 Stars. Their latest recording, "Love Letters", is already garnering attention. Sue David, Chairperson of the Boxford Music Festival, writes, "there is no better way to describe this album than to use the words from the title track, 'no metaphor, no simile, no nouns or words of imagery can capture this ....'"

Chris and Fred MacVittie are setting a new standard for fathers and sons and for anyone who has every harbored the desire to follow their secret dreams. With deeply felt songs of love and loss, of hope and triumph, they mix their voices and hearts to mend fences and instill a deep sense that all is well. Their music reflects the MacVitties' deeply held belief that life is a gift -- pure and simple.



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Jenn McWhorter

My favorite album, bar NONE
I absolutely love these guys. They're consummate musicians and their songs really hit the heart.


Easy to listen to songs with great depth and harmony
heard them first on Emeril live fell for the great harmony . after receiving their cd i realized that the music was much deeper then that.great great great !


This music makes you happy to be alive...
Not jaded but joyful. Happy, hopeful harmonies. Folk- rock that transcends its apparent simplicity by a genuine positive glow that is rare in the music business. Listening to this CD makes me think that "it'll be alright." Stand-outs are "Change Your Mind," "The Garden" and "One-Fifteen."

Sam Adams

Dancing in the Kitchen
A friend gave me this CD at our Christmas Party last year. Problem was, I didn't know which friend. Early one morning my son (age 4) and I opened it and put it on. When my wife finally came down stairs we were dancing all over the kitchen and having a BLAST! Great stuff and this CD WILL put a smile on your face. Then this summer we went to our friends the Bridges' anniversary party (played the CD all the way there in the car). When we got there my friend took the mike and said "let's hear it for our band...the McVitties!" Case closed. Buy this CD!!!

Joy LaBella

A customer of mine gave me both of your CDs for Christmas literally 3 hours ago, to say the least I am blown away. I have never heard of you but feel instantly moved by what I am listening to now and I'm sure for the long hall. Thank you for sharing your beautiful talent with us.

Ioa Byrne

I think Chris and Fred should be rock and roll stars by now! I actually got hooked on them from music from "LOve Letters' and ordered this CD when it popped up on CD Baby as a "try this". I think it is BRILLIANT!! As a CD it is mesmerizing. As a FIRST CD it is unbelievable. BUY IT! I saw them play live near me recently and I couldn't make myself go home.

John McDonald

Great Stuff
On a trip to Boston in the summer of 2005, I saw Chris play live in a market and was moved to show support for his efforts by buying both CD's he had on offer. WOW! A year later, I still listen to both CD's, NOT What You Think being my favorite. Great music that I will associate with Boston for a long time to come.


Just love their music
Thank you. Your music is light, fun and inspirational.

Bart Jackson

Love this CD--it reminds me so much of Chris Isaak
A friend had this CD at his house. When I heard it, it just swept me away. The vocals and guitar felt so much like Chris Isaak and Morrisey blended together. I got the web address from my friend because I had to have it.

Todd Paquette

Fred and Chris deliver crisp song-writing, seemless harmonies and clever arrangements.
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