The Drop: Ian McLagan

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ian McLagan’s musical career began in the 1960’s in the UK as the keyboard player for the Small Faces and the Faces.  He has performed and recorded with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Bragg, among many others.  McLagan relocated to Austin, TX in 1994 and has been a key player in the thriving music scene there for two very exciting decades. The British rock legend will release United States, his first new studio album in five years, on June 17 via Yep Roc Records.  McLagan recorded and produced the album at his own The Doghouse Studios in Manor, Texas.  The 10 original tracks on United States feature McLagan on vocals, keys, and guitar, with songs mixed by longtime friend Glyn Johns (The Faces, The Who) and mastered by Bob Ludwig (Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones.)  The album alternates between lusty grooves and reflective musings, showcasing McLagan’s beguiling charm and timeless gift for crafting memorable hooks.  Yearning standout “Love Letter” leads into the smooth and moody take-charge song “Who Says It Ain’t Love,” while “Shalalala” draws from classic soul and “How Blue” rides a boogie-woogie shuffle.  Before McLagan plays the NON-COMMvention in Philadelphia May 15 and NPR’s Cabinet of Wonders in New York City on May 17, join us for McLagan’s second appearance in The Clive Davis Theater, for an intimate discussion, moderated by Vice President of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, Scott Goldman.  After the discussion, McLagan will perform a selection of songs.