Amy McCarley, a captivating talent from Huntsville, AL, has ascended as a standout voice in Americana. Her third studio album, "MECO," released in 2019, exemplifies her evocative songwriting approach. Developed in collaboration with Nashville Singer-Songwriter Hall of Famer Pat Alger and co-produced by the dynamic duo of Grammy-winning guitarist, Kenny Vaughan & George Bradfute, the album is a brilliant follow-up to 2014's "Jet Engines."
"MECO," taking its name from a Space Shuttle term, metaphorically captures McCarley's transition from a NASA contractor to the world of music. With a voice celebrated by No Depression as “a nuanced instrument,” Amy delivers songs enriched by personal experiences, lending an emotional authenticity to her tracks. Multi-instrumentalist Chris Scruggs, along with esteemed artists like Marty Stuart and Kenny Lovelace, add depth to the album.
The album marks her second collaboration with Vaughan and Bradfute since her 2013 career pivot. Vaughan's electric and acoustic guitar prowess, combined with Bradfute's multi-instrumental skills, results in a distinctive sound that resonates deeply with listeners. Pat Alger notes Amy's "intense guitar style," highlighting her genuine performance.
McCarley's festival appearances span from Maverick Festival to 30A Songwriters Festival. She has opened for renowned acts like Ronnie Milsap, John Hiatt, and The Fairfield Four. With her unwavering dedication and a growing list of accolades, Amy McCarley's star continues to rise in the music world.