Rich McCulley – The Grand Design

Rich McCulley The Grand Design

Singer-songwriter Rich McCulley is back with another great album of melodic roots rock songs, The Grand Design is the sixth album from the California artist, McCulley once again teams up with his longtime friend and collaborator Todd Herfindal (The Meadows) and is joined in the studio by a fine support cast drawn from his local LA music scene including Taras Prodaniuk (Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam, Merle Haggard) and Greg Boaz (Dave Alvin) on bass, drummers Tommy Rickard (The Meadows, Linda Perry), Steve Mugalian (Dave Alvin), DJ Bonebrake (X, The Knitters), and Brian Young (Fountains of Wayne, The Posies), Craig Ferguson and Chris Lawrence on pedal steel, Carl Byron (Anne McCue, Micelle Shocked) on piano, organ, and accordion, on harmony vocals Anna Maria Rosales, Bob Woodruff and Grant Langston. This is Rich’s sixth album in twelve years and this time he’s taken his inspiration from a new chapter in his life after coming to terms with a period of hardship and loss “celebrating a better life today, with new love in his life and a young son of his own” the album sounds upbeat and summery with some great hooks, it’s not all seasonal and plain sailing – there are some bittersweet moments to enjoy too.

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