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Paul McDonald

Genre : Rock

August 21

7pm Doors //

8pm Show


Advance Price: $8 / Day Of: $10

Paul McDonald sings those words with soaring emotionality on “So Much
Better,” a track from his upcoming debut, Modern Hearts. And those are the
words of a man who has truly lived his lyrics.

Three years ago, after a highly publicized divorce and the break-up of his
former band, Paul left his life in LA in search of familiarity and solace.
The Alabama-born artist found himself in East Nashville, feeling like a
stranger in a region he once called home. That all changed when he picked
up his guitar and began the process of what would become Modern Hearts.

“I had to take my life back and figure out who I was again,” he shares. “It
took me a few years and a few hundred songs to get to that point.”

Paul story’s is the triumphant Modern Hearts, an album bursting with
anthemic hooks, majestically textured alt-rock, tinges of Southern soul,
literate introspection, and profound redemption. Previously, Paul’s broadly
resonant musicality garnered him international acclaim and coverage from
the likes of Rolling Stone, Billboard, MTV, etc., and enabled him to share
the stage with a diverse array of classic and current icons. Select
performance highlights include sharing the stage with artists such as
Stevie Wonder, Zac Brown, Father John Misty, Emmylou Harris, and appearing
at festivals such as Bonnaroo, SXSW, and Hangout Festival and performing on
nationally televised shows like “Good Morning America” and “The Tonight
Show.”

It could be said that Modern Hearts is a breakup record documenting
spiritual and artistic uplift. The 14-track body of work represents a
full-spectrum of emotions, from soulful and sorrowful tracks, to
invigorating new-life anthems, to meditative mid-tempo numbers.

“Writing helped me a lot during that time. I would wake up every morning in
a dark headspace, but once I picked up the guitar and started writing, I’d
tell myself, ‘I’m back.'” Paul says with a good-natured laugh. He
continues: “And as I gained my confidence back as a human being and as an
artist, I started writing more upbeat and hopeful songs.”

Modern Hearts was produced by Jordan Lehning (Caitlin Rose, Rodney Crowell,
Andrew Combs), and features an all star cast of studio musicians whose
resumes include Cage The Elephant, James Bay, Shawn Mendes, Maren Morris,
Nikki Lane, Kacey Musgraves, and Buddy Miller, among others. The album was
tracked with ace musicians playing in real time with sympathetic band
interplay at the vibey Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC (Band Of
Horses, Avett Brothers). Additional recording took place at Sound Emporium
Studios (Jason Isbell, Alabama Shakes) in Nashville, TN.

Today, Paul is no longer a stranger in Nashville, nor is he a stranger to
himself. Upon completing the album, he debuted his new material live for
the first time in town, and, despite not having a record commercially
available at the time, he sold out the club in his adopted hometown of
Music City. Looking back on the powerful journey represented by Modern
Hearts, Paul says: “Making this record saved my life. I regained my
confidence and my sense of self through the process. But what has made the
journey worthwhile is having other people reach out to tell me that
listening to these songs has helped them through a similar situation. For
an artist, there’s no better feeling than sharing emotions and helping
people find strength and clarity through your music. That’s the real prize.”

Modern Hearts is set for a late summer/early fall of 2017 release.

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