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NEW ALBUM ANNOUNCED FOR SUMMER 2023
Antsy’s new solo project,
The Indelible Man, was recorded with band mates Chris “Spoons” Long (drums), Tom “T-Bone” Hamilton (bass), George Harris (guitar), Nomad Ovunc (keyboards) and “Loose Bruce” Wandmayer (horns). The 14-track, all-original album was recorded at George Harris’ Creative World Studio in Largo, Florida, and is being mixed by George as of this writing. Antsy has been splitting his time between his Nashville home and St. Pete Beach, Florida, where he has been writing, recording and healing after the long illness and death of his wife and creative partner, Deana Lynn, last September. Lisa Forsyth and Brett Greiveldinger are executive producers of the album. Nothing to click or pre-order just yet. We’ll keep you posted.
Top left: Antsy’s original pencil sketch of the album concept. Top right: Antsy hand-inked the lines, scanned them into Photoshop and rendered the colors and textures there to make it appear like an old school sailor tattoo. The album title comes from the song “Cover Up Lover.” Antsy was in a tattoo/piercing shop one day and saw a young man consoling his girlfriend as she was getting the name of a past lover removed from her arm. His name would be tattooed in another location. “There’s a song there,” recalls Antsy, “And as I left, I started humming the chorus: ‘I’m your cover up lover. You’ll never need another tattoo. Later I would add, ‘I’m the road that meets the rubber, the one who’s gonna see you through.’ And it just built up from there. We had a ball recording it.” It’s 26 track download for just 20 bucks.
“I’m excited to have you all hear my new album, Late Bloomer. It’s available NOW and contains 23 songs that blend humor with more serious messages to entertain you, make you think a little, and get you tapping your toes.” – Antsy McClain
Some may not know that long before he became a singer/songwriter, Antsy McClain was a busy illustrator, working for such clients as The Atlantic Monthly, Newsweek, Simon & Schuster, Psychology Today and many more. As
beckoned, Antsy’s graphic art career took a back seat, but never completely went away. During those lonely lockdown months of 2020, it was time to get back to work.
“I wanted to recreate the kind of multi-sensory experience I had as a boy with so many of those lush, illustrative album covers of the 1970s,” explains Antsy, “I would let my eyes soak up the images while listening to the music, which often had links to the visual element.” The artwork was done in ink, charcoal powder and pencil, using soft brushes and a flannel cloth to create the gradated, ‘airbrush’ effect.
“I’ve never been able to get an airbrush to work for me,” says Antsy, “And I really like using dry media like pastel and charcoal, so I developed this technique years ago as a way to get to a place of softness and depth.” All of the images on the cover have connections to the 23 songs on Late Bloomer, making it a concept album of sorts.
The original artwork is in the private collection of Lisa Forsyth.