Devoting a lifetime to music, he’s performed and written for a slew of bands up and down the West Coast. 2004 saw him join multi-platinum iconic Seattle luminaries The Presidents of the United States of America on guitar. He toured everywhere with the band and remained integral to 2008’s critically acclaimed These Are the Good Times People and Kudos to You! in 2014. During Spring 2016, he dove headfirst into penning ideas for what would become Andrew McKeag Band. It proved to be the right time to launch his next act.
In order to capture this vision, he enlisted the talents of drummer Charlie George and bassist John Krylow and recorded with producer Scott Hackwith [The Ramones] in downtown Los Angeles at Cassette Recordings. Immediately, they tapped into an indescribable and inimitable chemistry. “It was a really great experience,” says Andrew. “We all clicked in the studio and turned out the album quickly.”
The Self-Titled debut album is available on limited edition orange vinyl.
Available now from Lavender Vinyl — Recorded by Casey Romney in Ogden, UT; Mixed by Stephen Cope at Studio Studio Dada in Provo, UT; Mastered by Cade Thalman; Genevieve Smith – Cello, Vocals; Spencer Howe – Bass; Carson Wolfe – Drums; Jory Carroll – Lead Guitar; Joe Kingston – Pedal Steel; Sydney Jo Goodwill – Piano; Kat Day Romney – Vocals, Banjo; Harvey Day – Vocals; Josaleigh Pollett – Guitar, Lead Vocals. Front Cover by Eden Buxton; Back Cover Photo and Lyric Insert Photo by Trevor Wilson; Layout Design by Jackson Kerbs. Grab one today!
Read the blog post: alohagotsoul.com/2017/04/10/interview-rob-mehl-talks-house-on-the-rock-and-taste-and-see/
Brought to light in the 21st century on Psychemagik’s Magik Sunrise compilation in 2013, “House On The Rock” is a shimmering, sophisticated groove with a strong West Coast sound — after all, songwriter Rob Mehl spend nearly three decades between Southern California and Hawai‘i, where the surf was too irresistible to leave behind for very long. He first moved to Oahu in 1958, a year before Hawaii became the 50th state.
“House On The Rock” has become a staple for summer-ready mixtapes from DJs and collectors, including multi-instrumentalist Shawn Lee of the modern day Yacht Rock group Young Gun Silver Fox.
The equally strong “Taste And See” on the flipside provides the only lyrical reference to Hawai‘i (“mangos and papayas got flavors of their own”) while remaining in line with Mehl’s smooth West Coast vibe — he hired two of Chuck Mangione’s colleagues for the recording, guitarist Steve O’Conner and horn player John Rekevics.
Surprisingly, Mehl’s original vision was to do an album of traditional Hawaiian music, but one day a friend told him he’s too “haole” and the idea just won’t work. “I was crushed, I was devastated. Taste And Sea, it was gonna be this mix of songs I’d written and kanaka wai wai (Hawaiian songs).”
Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Mic Harrison, lead guitarist Robbie Trosper, bassist Vance Hillard, acoustic guitarist Chad Pelton and drummer Don Coffey, Jr., have a chemistry that can only come from long term friendships and shared experiences. Harrison, who started his young adulthood working in a saw mill in Bradford, Tenn., a town so small it barely shows up on the map between Memphis and Jackson. He moved to Knoxville in the 1990s to become co-lead singer-songwriter (with Scott Miller) in The V-Roys, a band that defined “Americana” before it was genre. After that group split, he teamed with Trosper in the short-lived favorites The Faults and, later, teamed with Coffey in the now legendary power pop act Superdrag. When Superdrag ended, Harrison enlisted established Knoxville rock act The High Score to back up a tour and the chemistry was so good that the partnership never ended.
In the past 12 years or so, Mic and the guys have traveled the country, performing at festivals from Bonnaroo to Easyriders Rodeos, headlining bills from concert halls to the stickiest bars, opening shows for everyone from Billy Joe Shaver to Huey Lewis and the News to ZZ Top, and recording a terrific single with classic country singer Con Hunley.
The new album – Vanishing South – is available on vinyl in a limited edition of 300, 180 gram audiophile pressing, tip-on gatefold jacket, hand numbered.