Heartchaser the collaboration of Sarah Castro (lead singer, guitar), Megan Hartman (bass), Noble Cole (backing vocals, percussion), Kyle Ponder (drums), and Kevin Manship (lead guitar) all spawned from a number of rock, soul, and country bands including Belcurve, Los Coast, Mike and the Moonpies, Bummertown, Colt Wayne Keeny, and more. The project fell into their laps after a number of changes in their own personal and musical lives throughout the last few years, all coming together to form a perfect combination that feeds their souls. What drew them together was a desire to bring the world The Good Feels with a heartfelt and dynamic show. You will hear an explosion of dark guitar and bass riffs alongside heavy drums, combined with soaring vocals and moments of gentle harmonies.
The first thing you notice about McKinley James’ extraordinary new EP Still Standing By is the serious mix of Motown soul and blues-based guitar playing. It doesn’t sound like the type of “blues” you get from traditional purveyors of the genre, but instead from a guitarist who understands chord theory so well you could swear you’re hearing a horn section sometimes. That’s because he leads a duo, and while guitar stores reverberate with licks from ham-fisted modern bluesmen when they don’t know shuffle from shinola, McKinley would walk into that guitar store, plug in, and summon the spirits of his own idols, nearly forgotten pioneers like Otis Rush and Johnny “Guitar” Watson. Still Standing By is his third EP, all of them fine listens, and here’s the thing… McKinley is 19 years old. Already a veteran before he’s old enough to drink.
Update: he's 21 now!