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Delaware Bay

by Mike McDevitt

Delaware Bay is my long awaited album of soaring harmonies and unforgettable powerful melodies wrapped in a unique acoustic and electric blend of country, country rock, rock and the blues.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dear Susan
3:48 $1.29
2. Tired
3:34 $1.29
3. How
4:00 $1.29
4. Delaware Bay
5:08 $1.29
5. Wanting You
4:50 $1.29
6. Goin Down to Nashville
4:13 $1.29
7. All I Wanna Do
4:21 $1.29
8. Angels
4:31 $1.29
9. Backburner
4:11 $1.29
10. Never Is a Very Long Time
5:13 $1.29
11. Forbidden Trails
3:49 $1.29
12. Double Parked
3:44 $1.29
13. Hammer & Nail
4:25 $1.29
14. I Don't Remember You
3:33 $1.29
15. Drive
4:08 $1.29
16. Because You Love Me
3:52 $1.29
17. It's Gone
2:54 $1.29
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Album Notes
"Delaware Bay" is Mike McDevitt's most recent album and is a pleasant melding of genres with rich musical and vocal harmonies. Mike is well known for his melodies and this album dos not disappoint. A generous helping of 17 songs run the gamut of stories from love and loss, to personal triumph and love rediscovered. In fact, there is not a weak moment on this album as every songs soars; it truly rates as one of the best in recent years. "Delaware Bay" was recorded at Sound Asylum Studio with Kirby Moore at the helm over 8 months in 2015 and 2016. Moore has the magic ear for coaxing the best out of Mike's melodies and arrangements. The musicianship and songwriting are just excellent here with several standouts. The anthem "Delaware Bay" talks of a music road warrior longing to come home after many months on the road. "How" brings tears to the eyes with its exquisite harmonies and unforgettable melody. McDevitt sought out the best local musicians to bring his stories to life. Patrick Milner holds down the all important back beat and brings obvious creativity and enthusiasm to the drum kit. "Tired" is an amazing story of frustration brought to life by Milner's steady kick and march-like precision beat. Kirby Moore does double duty laying down the over under bass lines so effortlessly on all Mike's songs. Moore also adds his creative flair to soaring electric leads. Catherine Braik Selin adds her distinctive flair in backing vocals to McDevitt's melodies. Her harmonies on "How," "Hammer& Nail" and "Angels" are just fantastic. Alan Oresky rounds out McDevitt's sound with several violin-centered tracks most notably "How" and "All I Wanna Do." In fact, "Delaware Bay" sounds like its right out of Nashville.

Mike McDevitt is a Delaware-based singer/songwriter performing regularly in the tri-state area. "Delaware Bay" is his most recent album. "Delaware Bay" is a chronicle of the unique McDevitt perspective on American life; the new album captures the angst of living today coupled with the love only someone who has lost can really know. The album and his live shows are passionate highlighting his touchingly beautiful and personal songs. His songs are often described as "hauntingly beautiful and accessible chronicles of meeting life's challenges head on, of self-discovery, of love lost, found and lost again." He is a self-taught guitarist who has been performing live for many years. McDevitt’s songs tell real stories about real people. He has been singing and playing since “going public” in college and "songwriting came a little later when I realized I could capture something deeply personal and share it others."

McDevitt brings a deep personal understanding and hope to a place where neither is known to exist for very long. His melodies are powerful, distinctive, tight and evocative of an age when melody was an important component in all music. As anyone who has ever heard him sing his songs knows, it's his heartfelt performances, the lyrics, and the tunes that carry the moment. And carry the moment they most surely do. Fans everywhere frequently ask for Mike to perform "Delaware Bay," a deeply personal song about coming home. It's filled with references to Delaware, regional landmarks and personalities and McDevitt's audiences frequently know and sing the words with him at shows. And then there's "Never is A Very Long Time," a look back at a love lost and wondering why. His songs come from a place deep in the human heart with unmistakable emotion and unforgettable hooks and atmosphere. The audience can often be seen bopping and swaying to his melodies at a show. He touches a place where we have all been at some time in our lives and McDevitt sings it as if he personally owns every inch of the terrain and knows every nook and cranny. "Hammer & Nail" is both a vivid description of vulnerability and interdependency in relationships and a declaration of hope through love. This touching ballad is woven together with a gorgeous triple-tracked acoustic guitar soundtrack and touchy harmony vocals. "How" covers the landscape of love lost and what comes next? It is both unforgettable and familiar and carried by gorgeous vocal harmonies and amazing guitar and violin accompaniment.

Then, there is the unmistakable danceability of "All I Wanna Do" with a can't miss lyrical hook of personal feeling right there on the table. "Goin Down To Nashville" Captures the feelings of a man disappointed by his life and choices but on his way to make his mark in Music City. It is filled with determination and an unshakable personal belief. "Drive" portrays a man caught in disappointment finding solace in "driving it all away"...on the road.

Older songs in the growing McDevitt catalog like "Forbidden Trails," "Fantasy," and "Where Are The Appraisers?" create a touching and sometimes all-encompassing atmosphere that leaves the listener deeply affected, personally engaged and wanting more.

Some of the songs leave tears in the eyes of the listener. They are that unforgettable. Mike's songs are sometimes tender, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes in your face but never dull. And they are always real. They grab you, shake you to the core and then live with you. You won't forget them. His stories are about our struggles and our ability to keep going somehow, to find meaning in each other and in our lives. Mike McDevitt sings about us in celebrating our humanity, our daily struggle to keep going, to be better people and our love for each other.
"Every day brings more opportunity to explore why we need love and each other, why we often hurt those closest to us and toss away the good that's there surely is in life for something that we don't really need and can't use."
Mike McDevitt has produced 4 albums of his music, which are available out there now: I Believe, You Don’t Know It Yet, America at the Movies are demo albums and Storyteller, a fully produced chronicle of the McDevitt saga. . "Sometimes, it's just my Martin and me with a little background percussion. Sometimes, it’s more.”
Mike believes that life provides almost infinite song material. "You need to be a keen observer of and serious participate in life. Because you never know what the tide will bring on any given day," he explained.

"There is an indescribable joy in walking into a recording studio or stepping out on the stage, picking up a guitar or sitting at a piano, turning on the microphones and recorder and just creating something where there was nothing before. Out of nothing, I get to sing about and describe people’s fears, longings, feelings and hopes. I get to connect with something that’s bigger than me. Bigger than all of us. It’s like magic."
"I want people to hear my songs and my stories and be affected by them," said Mike.
As Mike concludes, "So...please, give my songs a listen. Take them with you (for a small fee, of course), comment or contact me. I am happy to hear from you...and will respond...Regards and I hope I passed the audition...." Catch a Mike McDevitt show. It is an uplifting and unforgettable personal experience.

- Jerry Attrick, 2016



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