Americana Highways is hosting this video premiere of Michael McDermott’s song “Pack the Car,” from his forthcoming album St. Paul’s Boulevard, due to be released on May 20. The album was produced by Michael McDermott and Steven Gillis.
“Pack the Car” is Michael McDermott on vocals and acoustic guitar; Will Kimbrough on electric guitars; John Deaderick on piano, organ, and baritone solo; Matt Thompson on bass; and Steven Gillis on drums.
The video was produced by Michael McDermott. This is a lyric video for the song, but it’s also full of vintage footage that looks like it could be old movies from mid-20th century roadtrip vacations. From its very title, “Pack the Car” taps a universal impulse to break free, and with “Come on, come on, come on, come on, let’s pack the car and go” the song really nails the sentiment. Better still, the music is heartland rock — the best music for feeling free to. Listen closer, though, because this is a song about right here and right now, a song of breaking free from social division, and a call to break free, yes, but at the same time, a call to “go home” together.
“Pack The Car” is a song born out of the residual pandemic isolation that beckoned by for the road and the adventure of travel. — Michael McDermott
You can order the music here: https://www.amazon.com/St-Pauls-Boulevard-Michael-McDermott/dp/B09YB8YKMM