Pat McGee, after nearly fourteen years of touring, feels the need to mix things up a little bit. The namesake and leader of the Pat McGee Band may only be going by his own name when he performs these days, but it does'nt mean the band itself is finished. "We recently decided to change how we do things," says McGee. "I have been doing some solo, duo, and trio touring, in addition to full band dates. It keeps things interesting."
This shift and Pat's revolving live lineups will give fans some variations in the live setting that are sure to please. With the full national release of "These Days (The Virginia Sessions)" released on March 10, 2009, McGee was able to whet fans's appetites for some new music with the iTunes-only release of "Live From The Southland" in January 2009. The recording was made at Eddie's Attic in Decatur, GA, and charted at #5 on the iTunes Rock Chart. "While I continue the work on my next record, due out later this year, "These Days" will finally get the full release we always hoped it would have," says McGee of the album that was previously only sold at band concerts.
A song from the record, "Come Back Home," will be serviced to radio as well as well as to the United States Armed Forces, who will be able to download the track for free. "I wrote "Come Back Home" with "These Days" producer Todd Wright," says McGee. "It started off as a story about the distance between a military couple & those many miles and oceans apart, stretches of time. As we were working on that track, the band suffered a major blow. Our longtime drummer and friend of over twelve years, Chris Williams, died suddenly. We were shaken to the core, and his family was devastated. So, the lyrical content of the song was crafted to tell both stories: being away from someone you love and also hearing the news of their passing and just not wanting to believe it all."