Veteran Americana/Country guitarist, singer and songwriter, Chuck McDermott announces his new video for his version of “We Will Walk Through the Streets of the City.” The song is the second single from McDermott’s upcoming EP, 38 Degrees and Raining, set to release on March 26th. Produced by Anne Lyon McDermott (the artist’s wife), the video premiered on Americana Highways who called McDermott’s rendition “a powerful song written by a powerful visionary musician, and played by another one, with musical grooves that echo in the visual setting.”
The only non-original song on the EP, “We Will Walk” was written by Garfield Haywood, an African-American pastor and songwriter in the early 1900s. The song grew to be known as an anthem of the civil rights movement, both in gospel settings and as an instrumental in the vernacular of many New Orleans style jazz/brass bands. In both settings, the song is performed in an upbeat tempo with the melody bearing a near perfect resemblance to the cowboy song, “Red River Valley.”
Having worked in politics for over 30 years, McDermott had worked extensively on legislation that eventually led to “The Environmental Justice Act of 1992,” sponsored in the House of Representatives by Congressman John Lewis and in the Senate by then-Senator Al Gore. The attempts to turn the bill into law has been a winding road that continues to this day.
“It’s gratifying to see the Biden Administration bring this issue once again to the forefront,” says McDermott. “For me, this experience was an in-depth look at just one of the many challenges of being black, brown or poor. The inequity still stares us in the face.”
McDermott’s new EP, 38 Degrees and Raining, has political threads woven into 4 of the 7 songs on the EP. His new musical body of work combines the talents of drummer/producer Marco Giovino (Robert Plant, Buddy Miller, Rodney Crowell) with the musical mastery of Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), Gospel greats The McCrary Sisters and guitarist Duke Levine (Peter Wolf, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ray LaMontagne).
38 Degrees and Raining by Chuck McDermott hits all digital music platforms on March 26th. Check out his latest single, “We Will Walk Through the Streets of the City,” out everywhere now. More singles and music videos from the album – coming soon!
More about Chuck McDermott
Born in Dubuque, Iowa, Chuck McDermott has managed two illustrious careers over the past five decades, both in music and in politics. He began his music career in the late ’70s in Boston as frontman of the popular country band, Chuck McDermott and Wheatstraw. He later relocated to Southern California to start a rock band, and met The Kingston Trio’s John Stewart, with whom McDermott recorded and toured as his guitarist. Throughout his music career, McDermott has released 4 albums and has performed with a number of music legends, including Linda Ronstadt, Lindsay Buckingham, Roger McGuinn and Stephen Stills. He’s also garnered rave reviews from Rolling Stone, No Depression, The Boston Globe, Billboard, among several others. Rosanne Cash has called his music “true and with such integrity.” Additionally, McDermott was inducted into the Massachusetts Country Music Hall of Fame.
In 1984, McDermott began a 30 year hiatus from music to redirect his focus on family and politics, serving as Chief of Staff to U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy II, as well as engaging in environmental activism. His work on social justice initiatives included his leadership role in drafting the Environmental Justice Act which was first introduced in the Congress by Rep. John Lewis. More recently, McDermott worked with President Elect Joe Biden on his campaign’s Arts Policy Advisory Committee.