Wicked Saints appeared on Gosh!Radio April 28th, 2012
By Kandis Newman and Robin Rowe
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Gosh!Radio) 2012/4/25 – “Our slogan isn’t completely true,,” says Wicked Saints lead singer Paul McCarty. “Raw organic music with no artificial sweeteners that’s good for you? Some of it is slightly toxic.”
Host Gabrielle Pantera interviewed Wicked Saints on Gosh!Radio Meet the Music. The music of Wicked Saints is from the heart and original. It’s folk rock mixed with Americana. Folk rock combines elements of American folk music and British beat rock music. Americana is an mixture of folk, country, blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll and bluegrass.
The band’s debut album is their self-titled album Wicked Saints. The first album is entirely Paul McCarty originals. The next album will include co-writes with local artist Raspin Stuwart, with Carrie Wade and a cover of a Chauncey Bowers. Wicked Saints has a digital distribution deal with Cinderella Records at MusicXray.com. All music is available on the bands website wickedsaints.net, iTunes and Amazon.
The Wicked Saints members are Paul McCarty, John Gannon, Chad Watson, Bobby Thomas. McCarty plays guitar, harmonica and is lead vocalist. Gannon does drums, cajon and backup vocals. When not playing with the Wicked Saints, Gannon plays guitar, sings and performs his own originals. Thomas plays accordion, piano and keyboards. Watson plays bass. “Chad Watson, our bass player, has a rich past,” says McCarty. “He’s played with guys like Freddie Fender, Charlie Rich, Janis Ian.”
“Wicked Saints is my outlet for original songs,” says McCarty. “I almost always start with a groove and a melody and then fit words into the melody. Each individual song might have it’s own message. For example, ‘Todd Palin should leave his wife’ or ‘Paul will never have a successful relationship’ or ‘Be kind to blackbirds’.” McCarty’s songwriting influences are Ryan Adams, Gordon Lightfoot, and Neil Young.
In Los Angeles, the band has played at Molly Malone’s, Genghis Cohen and Kulak’s Woodshed. McCarty has played solo shows in Austin and New Orleans. Gannon recently at SXSW with Brent Michelle. Watson has also toured extensively.
Wicked Saints is perfored in Carmel on April 14th at the Plaza Linda Mexican Cantina. “Opening for a legendary act like Neil Young or Tom Petty would be an experience of a lifetime,” says McCarty.
“I’m from New Orleans,” says McCarty. “It has of course a great musical tradition as everyone knows.” McCarty began playing in bands in high school, then studied voice during college. McCarty played bass in Marc Platt’s band. McCarty works with the charity Treepeople.org, planting trees around Los Angeles.
About Meet the Music
The show premiered in June of 2011. The 1-hour weekly music talk show Meet the Music is hosted by Gabrielle Pantera who interviews bands, singers, musicians, composers, songwriters, and music executives. Show co-hosts vary. Sound engineer David Williams. Producer Robin Rowe. Executive Producer Gabrielle Pantera. The show broadcasts live from Melrose Music Studios at Raleigh Studios Hollywood. Raleigh Studios is a historic studio lot where TV shows such as Castle, Closer and Private Practice are currently in production.