"I didn't realize we would all need so much positive energy right now this album has taken three years to put together but I'm glad it's coming out now, when people need to smile and be reminded that we have to keep making new good old days, replacing the old times with better times and we don't need money or stuff to do that."
The New Good Old Days album is upbeat and happy, without being pollyannish.
"I recognize the world can be a dark place," says McClain, "But having personally wrestled with depression, and having faced a great deal of loss in my life, I see darkness as the enemy; something we need to recognize and shun, not embrace. If you let it in, it can take over. These songs were written as an antidote to the 6 0'Clock news. I was pushing the dark stuff out of my heart as I wrote these songs, and hopefully, it will push it out of your heart as you listen."
"There are plenty of song writers out there who can take you to the dark side and drop you off. I'm not interested in being that kind of tour guide. I want to drive you out to the sleepy side of town and show you all the beautiful, everyday stuff that gets overlooked."
McClain lost his mother and father to lupus and lung disease, respectively. They were in their early 50's.
"I went through a hard time for a few years, a time of withdrawal and loss. It affected me in every way; my marriage, all my relationships, my faith, my music. After a while of writing these cathartic, healing songs, I started to feel the fog lifting. And I've seen my writing take on a different tone since. I'm giving myself pep talks, reminding myself of what's important, and maybe scolding myself a little for not seeing the bigger picture."
"All in The Trip and Another Happy Song are clearly written to me. I'm saying, 'Snap out of it, man! Get on with life. Look at all the good stuff around you!'"
"So, this is actually a very self-indulgent album (laughs) but it may be the most important album I've ever written â€“ if only because it helped heal some things inside of me that needed to be healed. And maybe others will respond to it in the same way. Who knows? We just make the music and throw it out there. We don't have any control over it's impact."
Just Getting Started
Right Side of the Dirt (Folkabilly Version)
My Old Kentucky Home (Revisited)
Antsy McClain's reworking of the old American Classic by Stephen Foster. Guitar work on this song by Australian guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel.
The Big Time
This is Antsy McClain's dedication to his Flamingohead fans everywhere
Right Side of the Dirt (Cajun Version)
Another Happy Song
Sing another happy song when things get you down
The Blah Blah Song
Sometimes all we hear is Blah Blah Blah....
New Good Old Days
Title song to the 2008 CD. We all need to create some new good old days.
The Bathroom Songwriter
We all know where all the hits were REALLY written...
Twitchin' (That's What I Do)
I Was Just Flipped Off By a Silver-Haired Old Lady
A fun song about an old lady that flips a guy for honking at her Honk if You Love Jesus sticker. Check out the video on YouTube!! This has become a hit around the country after it was played on NPR All Things Considered, Car Talk and the John Boy and Billy Show.
Falling in Love in America
This is a ballad about falling in love. Lindsey Buckingham is on Lead Guitar on this song. See the Video on YouTube!!
I Married Up
A song about a man's real lot in life Marrying Up!
Living in Aluminum
The Theme Song for the Trailer Park Troubadours indeed, there ain't no way to test your mettle, then in a semi-precious metal neighborhood. Enjoy the Ride!!
11/22/2008 4:13:08 AM
Just spotted your new batch of tunes on their way in, so I followed after them. Great stuff. I'll grab one for my statio if you don't mind :-)
11/22/2008 12:14:06 AM
Well it's been awhile since I been here ... and it's my loss ... Still absolutely FANTASTIC !!!!
7/25/2007 12:14:29 PM
I love your CD and all 16 of the songs, every one of them . The writing, musicianship, lyrics and quality is all excellent. Good luck with your music and I hope you guys get the exposure that you deserve. We are pulling for you.
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7/17/2007 11:50:02 AM
Just spent some time getting refreshed by the wonderful music here. I love the songwriting. The messages and the stories are real and the sound is soooo good. Thanx y'all.
7/16/2007 11:18:16 AM
Just stopped in for a listen and I have one thing to say ....... FANTASTIC !!!! :)
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