Chris McGinnis

Song Premiere: Chris McGinnis “What If We Went to the Moon”

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Chris McGinnis — “What if We Went to the Moon?”

Americana Highways brings you this premiere of Chris McGinnis’ song, “What If We Went to the Moon?” The track will appear on McGinnis’ upcoming album set to be released later this year. Recorded in Blairsville, Georgia, the original song was written by McGinnis, produced and mixed by Jacob Davis Martin, engineered by James Smith, and mastered by Matthew Barnhart at Chicago Mastering Service.

The single features Kaleb Garrett on baritone guitar, upright, and electric bass; Michael Minkoff on drums and percussion; Phil Hodges on piano; Matt Guard on synthesizer; Zeya Luo and Parry Staley on violin, George Liu on cello; Jacob Davis Martin on mellotron and background vocals, and Chris McGinnis on lead vocal, omnichord, as well as acoustic and electric guitar.

“What If We Went to the Moon?” is a powerful exploration into the clever and zany world of Chris McGinnis. Lyrically rooted in the idea of escapism, the song begins as a playful jaunt into the proposal at hand and builds to a theatrical culmination that will stick with the listener long after the song has ended. Profoundly original and cleverly executed, this new single leaves me waiting in anticipation of the release of McGinnis’ full-length album.

I set out to write a cosmic country song with more of a countrypolitan foundation. The lyrics express this particular character’s desire to run away from woe. It’s about a last-ditch effort to escape cold, cruel reality. This is a song about cowardice and denial. I took inspiration from Willie Nelson, Tom Waits, and Toy Story. — Chris McGinnis

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